‘Gaulitana: A Festival of Music had another of its outreach concerts on Friday 26th April, with a concert held in the beautiful chapel to St. Anthony the Abbot in Xaghra, which currently is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of its Consecration. This chapel was solemnly consecrated by H.L. Bishop Nicholas J. Cauchi on the 28th of April 1988 as part of special festivities which were held in Xaghra Parish to commemorate the 300th Anniversary of its foundation. This year, Xaghra Parish is commemorating the 325th Anniversary of its foundation in 1688.
Organised in collaboration with the Xaghra Local Council, which now has been supporting the festival for a number of years, the concert featured Italian soprano Patrizia Morandini accompanied by Stephen Attard. The repertoire of this sacred recital included several excerpts dedicated to Mary, Mother of God – hence the title, composed by a number of Italian great composers namely: Stradella, Durante, Caccini, Cherubini, Verdi, Boccherini, Mascagni Pergolesi and Rossini. The audience was led by Xaghra Mayor Joe Cordina, the chapel’s rector Fr. John Sultana and Gaulitana artistic director, Colin Attard.
Morandini and Attard team up again on Sunday 28th April with a secular recital at the Gozo Ministry’s Hall.