On Saturday 9th November, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and Teatru Manoel present East, West and Halfway Back, a concert under the baton of Raoul Lay, the MPO Artistic Director.
As highlighted by the event’s name, the programme features works by composers stemming from different continents: Dmitri Shostakovich (Russia), Charles Ives (USA), and Maurice Ravel (France). Shostakovich’s loved String Quartet No. 8, arranged for orchestra by Rudolf Barshai, is an autobiographical essay full of emotion and melancholy.
The central part of the concert includes two works by Charles Ives originally paired together as Two Contemplations. The first piece evokes “the sounds of nature and happenings” whereas The Unanswered Question offers an example of the universal religion Ives conceived. French pianist Roger Muraro also interprets Ravel’s light-hearted Piano Concerto, composed “in the spirit of Mozart and and Saint-Saëns”.
The concert leads the orchestra to the MPO Moscow Tour, under the patronage of H.E. The President of Malta. The 19/20 international tour presents four concerts in renowned halls around Russia’s capital city. This prestigious event shall be followed by yet another much-awaited evening with the MPO – The Lion King in Concert Live to Film.
East, West and Halfway Back commences at 7.30PM. Tickets can be acquired through www.teatrumanoel.com.mt or from Teatru Manoel’s box office.