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Malta Philharmonic Orchestra cancels concerts, but continues to deliver its music

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra is also adapting to the new realities imposed by Covid-19.

Despite the cancellation of various concerts, including “Strings in Spring” with the participation of celebrity violinist Carmine Lauri, musicians are delivering their classical music to people’s homes.

Malta’s orchestra has to postpone concerts scheduled up to the end of April with the possibility of renewing this date.

The orchestra’s chairperson, Sigmund Mifsud, said that the orchestra is adjusting with various methods to continue delivering classical music in people’s homes.

“Similar to what orchestras are doing in other countries, we are studying ways to deliver our product with different media – social media, internet…we update ourselves with certain programmes and musicians can cooperate on musical compositions”.

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra has also launched the music video ‘Ċapċip… minn Qalbna’, a composition by lead percussionist, Daniel Cauchi, as a recognition to the ongoing efforts by health workers.

“The orchestra normally performs for the public; we receive their applause, and we wanted to observe the situation and appreciate all the good things that these people are doing and who are sacrificing their lives”.

Through Facebook, answers were given to questions on classical music, while the Maltese series with English sub-titles explores themes connected with classical music on each Thursday.

On Tuesdays, the orchestra’s Facebook page is providing audiences with parts of its concerts, while Sundays are reserved for biographies on some of the orchestra’s pioneers.

Violinist Carmine Lauri, who had to cancel a scheduled concert in April – the Strings in Spring with the Malta orchestra – will instead give a series of concerts on Saturdays on the orchestra’s digital platform. He will be accompanied by pianist Simon Hester.

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