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International Spring Orchestra Festival’s 10th anniversary in April

The 10th edition of the lauded International Spring Orchestra Festival kicks off on Friday 1st April 2016, raising up the curtain on nine days of high-quality classical music performances featuring both acclaimed international and Maltese artists.

This year’s line-up includes big names like Mro Brian Schembri and soprano Claire Debono, as well as renowned foreign artists like French pianist Jean Dubé, German conductor Hans-Peter Hoffman and South Korean violinist Minha Park.  Fifteen concerts in all, featuring soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras playing pieces ranging from the classical repertoire to more eclectic 20th and 21st century works by past and contemporary masters, will be offered at the Manoel Theatre, the National Museum of Archaeology, San Anton Palace, St James Centre for Creativity, Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Plazzo Pereira and the Mediterranean Conference Centre.

A new concept will be introduced this year, with concerts being preceded by a 25-minute talk about the music the audience will be enjoying, putting the music pieces in context and history. The discussion will continue informally following each concert with tasting of unique food and drink.

Furthermore, a number of master classes are being organised on the side of the concerts to give local musicians the opportunity to learn from international masters. This year, the Festival has also teamed up with Education+ to bring three highly-regarded percussionists, forming the Hop Trio, and a distinguished soprano over to Malta once a month for three months to work with two selected colleges. With the help of their teachers, the local musicians will transform their experience into a piece to be performed at Pjazza Teatru Rjal during the Festival.

Renowned Maltese composer Karl Fiorini, the mind behind the Festival and its artistic director, commented: “We believe in the power of music to bring people together and to encourage authentic interaction, and in this spirit we have come up with a perfect recipe that will not fail to delight the senses: good music, magnificent venues, delicious food and wine, and great company. We look forward to yet another amazing musical journey that will bring together both classical music aficionados and occasional listeners as we mark the 10th anniversary of the ISO Festival.”

The Festival’s opening concert, to be held at the Manoel Theatre on Friday 1st April, will present an exciting programme featuring the world-touring European Union Chamber Orchestra and its esteemed conductor Hans-Peter Hofmann, soprano Miriam Cauchi, and violinist Minha Park, who will bring to life pieces by Gustav Holst, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Vella, and Benjamin Britten.

A second concert by the European Union Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Hans-Peter Hofmann will be presented on Saturday 2nd April, starring Miriam Cauchi and pianist Charlene Farrugia with works by Benjamin Britten, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Vella, and Joseph Haydn.

Opening concert | 1 April 8pm | Teatru Manoel
European Union Chamber Orchestra
Miriam Cauchi, soprano
Minha Park, violinist
Hans-Peter Hofmann, EUCO conductor

EUCO concert | 2 April 8pm | Teatru Manoel

Jean Dubé Piano Recital | 3 April 8pm | Teatru Manoel 

Auris Quartet | 4 April 8pm | National Museum of Archeology

Off to Titan | 6 April 8pm | St James Cavalier Music Room

Flute & Guitar Recital | 7 April 8pm | Palazzo Pereira

Hop!Trio - ritmiKA | 8 April 8pm | Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta

Closing Concert | 9 April 8pm | Mediterranean Conference Centre
Brian Schembri, conductor
Claire Debono, soprano
Lucia Micallef, pianist
The New Choral Singers

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