Marrying music and film for a live concert in Valletta

The Capital City continues to come back to life with the return of a live concert by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO).

On Friday and Saturday the MPO, in collaboration with the Malta Film Commission, put up the FILMUSIC concert which celebrated musical themes from productions related to Malta and evoked many memories among Maltese film enthusiasts.

A musical theme that evokes many memories for the Maltese is the work of the famous composer Hans Zimmer in Ridley Scott’s film, Gladiator, for which Fort Ricasoli was transformed to the Rome Colosseum in 1999.

Gladiator is one of the 300 productions shot in Malta’s long list of blockbusters and television series.

The artistic relationship between Malta and cinema was brought to life in two concerts organized by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, in collaboration with the Malta Film Commission.

In Pjazza Teatru Rjal, the orchestra, under the direction of Kevin Abela, performed musical excerpts from productions that were shot in Malta or are in some way related to these islands.

From Ennio Morricone’s Orca Assassina where Dorothy Bezzina also sang with the MPO, to the main theme of the film Midnight Express, which was entirely shot in Malta in the streets of the Capital city and Fort St. Elmo. .

The audience also heard for the first time the musical theme of Malta Film Studios for the future, a work by composer Elton Zarb with orchestration by Aurellio Belli. This theme was commissioned to testify to the vision of Film Studios, where a new Pump House was inaugurated earlier this week.

Filmusic was the fourth event this month for the MPO, which returned to the live concert after so many months away from theatres.

Despite the ability to perform a live concert, the MPO, under the leadership of Chief Executive Sigmund Mifsud, has launched a digital transformation that has reached more than 16 million people from 45 different countries in 12 months.