Gaulitanus Choir sings for Gozo Scouts’ centenary

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Sunday 20th November included  an atypical commitment for the Gaulitanus Choir: giving a celebrative concert to mark the 100th anniversary of scouting in Gozo. Organized by the Victoria and Xaghra Scout Groups, the concert was held at the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz and was attended by top scouting officials and a very appreciative audience led by Mr Edgar Preca, the President’s husband.

Typically, the choir presented a bouncy and easily-communicable repertoire specifically chosen for the occasion. This included, amongst others, a number of songs composed some 100 ago, a grand choral medley from the best-loved musicals and a concluding medley of marches which had the audience heartily and vivaciously joining in. The choir and its soloists – Annabelle Zammit, Patricia Buttigieg, Stephanie Sultana Portelli and Marthese Borg – were accompanied by resident pianist Stephen Attard and conducted by the choir’s founder-director Colin Attard.

While Carm Cachia gave a brief overview of the main scouting achievements during the past century, scouter Chloe Muscat also performed an excerpt on the piano.

Gaulitanus Choir to concert-tour Tuscany, Italy

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Gozo’s Gaulitanus Choir will be shortly making its third consecutive Italian concert-tour, this time in Tuscany – namely Prato, Pistoia and Lucca. This follows the highly-successful tours in Florence in 2010 and Bologna last year. It will be the choir’s 10th concert-tour abroad after previous performances on foreign soil took the choir to – besides Italy – the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece and Corsica (France).

The hallmark of this visit will be an artistic commitment in an important and historic venue in each of the three Tuscan cities. The events kick off in Pistoia with a concert entitled Aspettando Natale at the beautiful Cathedral of St. Zeno. The choir will then move to Prato where the choir will be animating the liturgy during an official Solemn High Mass at Prato’s Cathedral dedicated to St. Stephen on the occasion of the feast of St. Barbara, the protector of fireman. The mass, officiated by H.L. the bishop of Prato Mgr Franco Agostinelli, will in fact be attended by the “vigili di fuoco” and various civil and military authorities. The last commitment will be another Christmassy concert at the Church of St. Maria Corteorlandini (popularly referred to as St. Maria Nera) in Lucca. This Lucca visit will be held through the collaboration of the Gruppo Corale Il Baluardo – which will also be participating in the concert. For these artistic commitments the Gaulitanus Choir and its principal soloists will be led by the choir’s founder-director Colin Attard.

The Tuscany concert-tour is being held following an invitation by the Associazione Artes of Prato and is supported by the Arts Council Malta’s Cultural Export Fund.

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Il Coro Gaulitanus in Toscana, Italia

Prossimamente il Coro Gaulitanus di Gozo, Malta, fara` il suo terzo tournee Italiano consecuttivo. Dopo il successo dei tournei a Firenze nel 2010 e a Bologna lo scorso anno, questa sara` la volta di 3 citta` Toscani, e cioe Prato, Pistoia e Lucca. Per il coro di Malta questo sara` il decimo tournee straniero. Infatti, il coro ha gia cantata gia nel Regno Unito, la Germania, l’Olanda, la Greece e la Corsica (Francia), oltre all’Italia.

Questo tournee Toscana sara` sottolineato da impegni in una chiesa importante e storica in ogni citta`. Si apre con un concerto intitolato Aspettando Natale al bellissimo Cattedrale di Pistoia dedicato a S. Zeno, Sabato 3 Dicembre alle ore 16.30. Poi il Coro Gaulitanus si trasferisce a Prato dove Domenica 4 alle ore 10.30 animera` la Solenne Messa Pontificale al Cattedrale dedicato a S. Stefano in occasione della festa di S. Barbara – la protettrice dei vigili di fuoco. Perche la messa sara` celebrata da S. E. il Vescovo di Prato, Mons. Franco Agostinelli, nella presenza dei vigili e le autorita` civili e militari. Dopo la messa il coro di Malta parte per Lucca dove alle ore 18.00 dara un’altro concerto con tema Natalizio alla Chiesa di S. Maria Corteorlandini (detta St. Maria Nera). Questa tappa Lucchese sara` coordinata dal Gruppo Corale Il Baluardo – il quale partecipera` pure al concerto guidato dal suo direttore Elio Antichi. Durante la tournee il Coro Gaulitanus e i suoi solisti saranno sotto la direzione musicale del fondatore e direttore del coro, Colin Attard. L’ingresso per tutti gl’eventi sara` libero.

Questo tournee in Toscana si realizzera` dopo l’invito dell’Associazione Artes di Prato (dir. Andrea Vitello) e con il supporto del Cultural Export Fund – Arts Council Malta.

 

Gaulitanus Choir to sing for the Scouts’ 100th Anniversary

 

The Gaulitanus Choir’s first commitment this autumn is a celebrative concert marking the 100th anniversary of scouting in Gozo. Organized by the Victoria and Xaghra Scout Groups, the concert will be held at the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz on Sunday 20th November.

The choir and its soloists – Annabelle Zammit, Patricia Buttigieg, Stephanie Sultana Portelli and Marthese Borg – will interpret a wide variety of rather light and enjoyable musical numbers fitting for such an occasion. Stephen Attard will accompany on the piano with the choir’s founder-director Colin Attard conducting.

 

Gaulitana: A Festival of Music – Early Bird Offer

Gaulitanus Choir is proud to announce the 11th edition of Gaulitana: A Festival of Music. Running from 25 February until 2 April, 2017, “Gozo’s main classical festival” will feature a multifarious programme of events in various genres and styles.

The highlight will be Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly, being held at the Teatru tal-Opra Aurora on April 1. The full-scale production will present Malta’s internationally acclaimed soprano Miriam Gauci in the lead role. Colin Attard will direct the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gaulitanus Choir. The opera night will be part of the OPERA+ Weekend – an intensive programme of events concluding the festival.

In line with the Gaulitana‘s organic nature, the upcoming edition will present a number of innovative features. Alexander Frey, a top international versatile musician defined by Leonard Berstein as “a wonderful spirit” will be Artist-In-Residence. Lunchtime concerts intended particularly for civil servants and a number of talks will be incorporated in the festival schedule. Gaulitana will also commemorate the 60th anniversary of the death of composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold, defined by Puccini as the “greatest hope of German music” and regarded as one of the founders of film music.

Following on last year’s successful venture, the festival will offer once again an Educational Programme including #Opera4me.

Booking for Madama Butterfly is open, directly online on www.teatruaurora.com or via ticket helpline 79045779. An 10% discount early-bird offer for Madama Butterfly applies to tickets purchased by the end of 2016.

Gaulitana is supported by the Gozo Cultural Support Programme of Arts Council Malta in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo.

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Il-Kor Gaulitanus bi pja?ir jippre?enta l-11-il edizzjoni ta’ Gaulitana: A Festival of Music.  Il-festival, li se jsir bejn il-25 ta’ Frar u 2 t’April 2017, ser ikun mi?g?ud b’attivitajiet u avvenimenti ta’ ?eneri u stili differenti.

Il-qofol ta’ dan il-festival ser jintlahaq bl-opra Madama Butterfly ta’ Giacomo Puccini  li ser tittellgha fl-1 t’April fit-Teatru tal-Opra Aurora.  Fil-parti principali se naraw lis-sopran Maltija ta’ fama internazzjonali, Miriam Gauci. Colin Attard ser ikun qed jidderie?i l-Orkestra Filarmonika Nazzjonali Maltija u l-kor Gaulitanus.  L-opra ser tkun parti mill-OPERA+ Weekend – serje intensiva ta’ attivitajiet li jaghlqu l-festival.

L-edizzjoni li jmiss ser tippre?enta numru ta’ fatturi innovativi.  Alexander Frey, il-muzikist ta’ fama internazzjonali li gie ddefinit minn Leonard Berstein bhala “a wonderful spirit” ser ikun l-artist residenti.  Se jkunu introdotti wkoll numru ta’ kun?erti f’nofsinhar organizzati spe?ifikament g?all-uffi?jali ta?-?ivilta, kif ukoll ta?ditiet. Gaulitana se tfakkar ukoll is-60 anniversarju mill-mewt ta’ Erich Wolfgang Korngold, kompozitur li huwa kkunsidrat wiehed mill-fundaturi tal-muzika cinematografika u deskrit min Puccini bhala “l-aqwa tama ghall-muzika Germaniza”

Wara s-su??ess tas-sena l-o?ra, il-festival ser jer?a’ joffri programm edukattiv li jinkludi #Opera4me.

Il-booking ghall-Madama Butterfly huwa miftuh. Dan jista’ jsir online fuq www.teatruaurora.com jew permezz tat-telefon fuq 79045779. Sa l-ahhar ta’ din is-sena, wiehed ser ikun igawdi minn skont ta 10% fuq il-biljetti mixtrija.

Gaulitana qed jittella’ b’ghajnuna tal-programm ta’ sostenn kulturali ghal Ghawdex tal-Kunsill Malti ghall-Arti f’kollaborazzjoni mal-Ministeru ghal Ghawdex.

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