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TEATRU TAL-OPRA AURORA
IS PROUD TO PRESENT
< LEONE BAND IN CONCERT >>
AN ANNUAL SYMPHONIC CONCERT BY THE LEONE BAND (A.D. 1863)
CONDUCTED BY COLIN ATTARD
AT THE GOZO CATHEDRAL
ON SATURDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2018 AT 8.00PM.

The Leone Band in Concert is an annual concert held to commemorate the proclamation of the Dogma of the Assumption by Pope Pius XII on 1st November 1950. Back then, in 1950, the Leone Band championed the civic and cultural celebrations with a grand symphonic concert in Independence Square (Victoria), which has since then been repeated annually for the last 68 years.

This year, the Leone Band in Concert will be held on Saturday 3rd November 2018 at 8PM. It will co-incide with the Lejl Imkebbes Programme of events. Therefore, the Leone Philharmonic Society decided to shift this concert, for just this year, to the Gozo Cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of Our Lady, within the Gozo Ċittadella.

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Ultimately there is no more apt location to celebrate the Dogma of the Assumption other than the Gozo Cathedral itself which has always been the prime site of Marian devotion and veneration since the earliest times of Christianity on the island.

The symphonic concert is usually lined with popular classics ranging from opera selections to overtures, symphonic poems and marches to suites, many of which are household items on the concert bills of major European concert houses. These include works by Sibelius, Wagner, Morricone, Jorgensen, De Haan, Albert W. Ketelbey as well as Grainger from whose repertoire we shall listen to some interesting and rather-out-of-the-norm Irish music. The Leone Band, however, makes it a point to revive and acquaint its audiences with local composers - Orlando Cresimanno in this year's case - and archived music which it fondly treasures, some of which dates back to the very early years of the 20th century.

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The Leone Philharmonic Society is fully committed to deliver musical and artistic product of excellence while preserving and further improving the community element that makes it essentially a unique and distinctive cultural experience of our islands. The Society has been doing this for free since its inception 155 years ago, and is committed to continue doing so through its different concerts and artistic projects.

The Leone Band in Concert will be held on Saturday 3rd November 2018, at 8.00pm, at the Gozo Cathedral. Entrance is free of charge but seat reservation is strongly recommended via info@leone.org.mt or 99130694 (sms). The concert is expected to last not longer than 90 minutes.

PROGRAMME:

Ennio Morricone - Gabriel's Oboe
Orlando Crescimanno - Premier Overture
Percy Grainger - Irish Tune
Axel Jorgensen - Romance for Trombone
Albert W. Ketelbey - In a Monastery Garden
Jacob De Haan - Ammerland
Richard Wagner - Elsa entering the Cathedral (from Lohengrin)
Jean Sibelius - Finlandia

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