The music video ‘Smile’, launched earlier today during a press conference at Castille Square in Valletta, presents a new arrangement of Charlie Chaplin’s enigmatic song by MPO Principal Percussionist Daniel Cauchi.
A lead singer in his own right, he is joined by world-acclaimed Maltese Tenor Joseph Calleja and the MPO as they perform a Maltese version of this musical number translated by Michael Spagnol, a pioneering figure in the promotion of our language.
The video features inspirational messages by President of Malta George Vella, Prime Minister of Malta Robert Abela, the Archbishop of Malta Mgr. Charles Scicluna, Leader of the Opposition Adrian Delia and the Superintendent of Public Health Dr Charmaine Gauci.
"Use your smile to change the world; don't let the world change your smile." (Anon)Daniel Cauchi, Joseph Calleja and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra are joined by Malta's leaders to convey a message of positivityMalta Tourism Authority Visit Malta ME KulturaMaltaDaniel CauchiGeorge Vella Robert Abela Archdiocese of Malta Adrian Delia Charmaine Gauci
Publiée par Malta Philharmonic Orchestra sur Samedi 2 mai 2020
Minister José Herrera said in his speech that “Today we are here to deliver a message of courage and positivity.” Through music and the cultural talent we have in our country, is conveying this positive message in a sense of unity. “Our nation has always overcome the challenges faced because we were always united.”
Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection Julia Farrugia Portelli explains how this production represents the optimism and courage of a united nation but also a substantial part of the work currently being done by the Ministry for Tourism to attract different niches of tourism including the art, culture and religious tourism.
Commenting on this video, the Chairman of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Sigmund Mifsud said that The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) is using restrictions imposed by COVID-19 as an opportunity for innovation.
The cancellation of concerts has offered a unique time period to focus on core elements of the orchestra’s mission, ensuring that we can sustain our music-making even into the new digitalized world. Music has the power to transform the world, and so does a smile.
“Hence, we deemed it apt to convey, through this art form, a message of positivity empowering each one of us to overcome these challenging times,” said Mifsud.