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Malta Philharmonic Orchestra To Perform In Dubai In Its First Post-Pandemic Tour


The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra is making its way to Dubai for the first time since the pandemic boomed!


The orchestra will be taking part in the tenth edition of InClassica International Music Festival, otherwise known as the Malta International Music Festival. There, they will be performing three concerts, with local tenor Joseph Calleja taking part in one of the concerts.



The festival is organised by the European Foundation for Support of Culture and SAMIT Events. It was also meant to take place in Malta last February but was postponed due to the pandemic.


For a full month in Dubai, big international names in classical music will take part in concerts at the Dubai Opera House, as well as the Coca Cola Arena, where the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will perform from the 14th to the 16th of September!



We as an orchestra that were involved in this festival will be participating together with other orchestras, because there are about five other orchestras, great soloists and even international artists, who will take part in this festival.’


The first concert, Concerto Extravaganza, will be under the direction of Russian Maestro Dmitry Yablonsky. The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will play works by Maltese composer Albert Garzia, Xamm, and works by Beethoven and DVOŘÁK. German pianist Severin Von Eckardstein and Canadian cellist Gary Hoffman will also take part.



The second concert – Operatic Gala: From Malta With Love – will see the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Armenian conductor Sergey Smbatyan, who is the principal conductor of the Orchestra. Joseph Calleja will accompany them as the orchestra plays the work of Maltese composer Charles Camilleri ‘Overture and Celebration’ from ‘The Knights of Malta Ballet Suite’.


The final concert – Tchaikovsky – Melodious Inventor, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will also play the work of the Maltese composer, Alex Vella Gregory, Riħ. Direction will also be in the hands of Sergey Smbatyan with the participation of Latvian cellist Mischa Maisky.



The Festival will take place between August 28 and September 26 wherein a total of 30 concerts will take place.