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Leone Band in ConcertLeone Band celebrates in concert

November brings about another keynote concert for Gozo’s Leone Band who is celebrating its 150th foundation anniversary. The band is presenting its annual symphonic concert at the majestic Aurora Opera House on Saturday, November 2nd, at 8pm under the baton of Colin Attard.

2013 has been a very eventful year for Gozo’s first band. The 150th anniversary of its foundation, saw the Leone Band producing its 6th edition of Leone Goes Pop bringing together Gianluca Bezzina, Chiara, Deborah C and Kevin Borg all the way from Sweden, in a televised open-air concert to thousands of people amassed in Victoria’s main square, in June. The event was reproduced in July in Marsalforn, and in October in Valletta’s Pjazza Teatru Rjal during the Notte Bianca event. In the meantime, the Leone also produced its Jubilee Concert in Victoria’s main street, in August 2013 when it entertained thousands of people in a gala seated concert that saw the Leone Band performing live to synchronised fireworks. Besides, 2013 was a year of important anniversaries. Apart from its own 150th birth anniversary, the Leone Band also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the great Cantata in honour of Our Lady, composed by Orlando Crescimanno, as well as the 25th anniversary of Dr Michael Caruana LL.D. as President of the Leone Philharmonic Society. Then, together with the world of opera, the Leone is also marking the 200th birthdays of two musical giants; Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner.

Therefore, in this context, the annual band concert of the Leone is rounding up these celebrations and commemorations in style. Re-branded as The Leone Band in concert, it will feature popular opera selections, film music, and numbers from the popular 20th century classic repertoire. This year’s programme includes, amongst others, celebrated works by Verdi and Wagner, the celebratory medley Jubilee Spectacular compiled by Colin Attard, as well as Arturo Márquez’s illustrious Danzon No. 2; a favourite concert piece with concert-going audiences in landmark concert venues around the globe.

The Leone Band in concert on November 2nd 2013, is being held at the Aurora Theatre. Doors are open at 7.30pm. Tickets, free of charge, may be obtained from the Aurora Box Office, booked by telephone on 21559452 or by email info@leone.org.mt. Further information may be obtained from www.leone.org.mt or www.teatruaurora.com.

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