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The grandeur of Valletta, the capital city of Malta, will be getting regular airtime on French music station Mezzo TV to promote the city’s International Baroque Festival being held in January. Produced by Maltese video company Pineapple Media, the one-minute video will be shown four times a day for two weeks on the popular station devoted to classical music, which broadcasts in thirty-nine countries to sixteen million subscribers.

Animated by the first movement of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Concerto for Flute in D minor (Wq 22), the video is a celebration of the Baroque city whose majestic churches, palaces and vistas will form the backdrop to the festival. It features some of the major venues hosting the sixteen-day event, including the Manoel Theatre, St John’s Co-Cathedral and the Grandmasters’ Palace.

The first edition of the Valletta International Baroque Festival will be held between  9 and 26 January 2013. Around two hundred musicians and performers from some of Europe’s top baroque orchestras and ensembles will be performing. They will include Opera Fuoco, Jeune Orchestre Atlantique, Les Talens Lyriques and Le Sainte Folie Fantastique from France, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam from The Netherlands, The King’s Consort and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment from the UK and New Century Baroque, a group of musicians from eleven different European countries.

Maltese ensemble Cappella Sanctae Catharinae, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Maltese violinist Carmine Lauri and a theatrical group named The Manoel Theatre Players will also be taking part.

Times of Malta