Beethoven and Brahms to open Teatru Manoel and MPO’s season

MPO’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Brian Schembri, will then be leading the orchestra in a performance of Brahms’ Symphony No.3.

16 September 2016, 10:52am
The 2016-2017 season at Teatru Manoel and for the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) will be officially launched with a concert of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Brahms’ Symphony No.3 on Friday 30th September 2016.

The concert, a joint production between the two entities, will be conducted by Brian Schembri and will feature the Maltese pianist Charlene Farrugia.

After it premiered in 1807 Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 4 was described as the most admirable, singular, artistic and complex Beethoven concerto ever and is, today, considered to be one of the central works of the piano concerto literature. Pianist Charlene Farrugia, who will be performing this Concerto, is recognised as one of Malta’s most versatile and imaginative musicians and among today's most engaging pianists. She has appeared on major international concert platforms and has been performing and recording with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra for the past 15 years, including a successful tour to China in 2014/2015.

MPO principal conductor Brian Schembri
MPO principal conductor Brian Schembri
MPO’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Brian Schembri, will then be leading the orchestra in a performance of Brahms’ Symphony No.3. This is one of Brahms’ greatest works, having been well-received ever since its premiere in 1883. Leading music critic at the time, Eduard Hanslick, commented that “many music lovers will prefer the titanic force of the First Symphony, others the troubled charm of the Second, but the Third strikes me as being artistically the most nearly perfect”.

Brian Schembri was the youngest musician ever to obtain the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (London) and later graduated in piano and conducting at the Kiev and Moscow “Tchaikowsky” Conservatories. This was followed by a long and distinguished international career both as a concert pianist and as a conductor of some of the top orchestras of our time. This is the only MPO concert which Brian Schembri is conducting at the Manoel this season.

The concert on Friday 30th September starts at 8pm. There are discounted seats for students and senior citizens and a pre-concert talk at 7:30pm free for ticket holders. To book go to: www.teatrumanoel.com.mt, [email protected] or telephone 2124 6389