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St. Publius Church in Floriana

St. Publius Church in Floriana

The third edition of the Valletta International Baroque Festival 2015 starts on 10 January 2015 with twenty-one events over fifteen days in seven venues.

The 2015 Festival is dedicated to the memory of Maltese composer Geronimo Abos as 2015 is the tercentennial anniversary of his birth. His music will be performed by Die Kölner Akademie, Passacaglia Baroque Ensemble and the Valletta International Baroque Ensemble.

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment returns to perform the glorious Bach St. John Passion (BWV 245) in St. John’s Co-Cathedral. This will be offset by Michelangelo Falvetti‘s magnificent Il diluvio universale, performed by the Cappella Mediterranea under the baton of Leonardo García Alarcón at St. Publius Church in Floriana, a new addition to the list of venues for 2015.

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Peter Stark, will present an innovative program of twentieth century works inspired by the Baroque which includes a flute concerto by Lukas Foss performed by the orchestra’s own flautist Rebecca Hall.

The Festival program also includes music ranging from Baroque piano transcriptions of music by Bach, Handel and Gluck, performed by Dmytro Sukhovienko, sacred and profane Baroque music from the Americas performed by Ensemble Villancico, and Handel concert arias presented by Robert King conducting The King’s Consort and countertenor Iestyn Davies.

Bach features strongly in this Festival. His Suites for Unaccompanied Violoncello (BWV 1007-12) are performed by the world-renowned Sigiswald Kuijken on a violoncello da spalla, and his Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) by local pianist Joanne Camilleon. The European Union Baroque Ensemble will perform music by Handel and his London friends, and the Festival’s resident ensemble, the Valletta International Baroque Ensemble, will perform at two concerts.

The Festival also includes events specifically for children and culminates with the Baroque Festival Ball to be held in Teatru Manoel on Saturday, 24 January 2015.