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Sunrise Mass - Malta International Arts Festival
Sunrise Mass - Malta International Arts Festival


Producer: Festivals Malta
Admission Age: 6+
Venue: Teatru Manoel
Date: 01 July 2022
Time: 9pm
Price: €10 to €50


The Malta International Arts Festival presents a double bill programme featuring ŻfinMalta and KorMalta. The evening is introduced by Krzysztof Penderecki’s striking String Quartet No. 1 featuring a wide range of extended techniques for the strings. In spite of the avantgarde aesthetic, the music is engaging, organic and primordial.

Another highlight on the programme is Béla Bartók’s String Quartet No. 4. Revered as one of Bartók’s greatest masterpieces, this work is imbued with elements from Hungarian, Romanian, and Bulgarian music. The first, third, and fifth movements are choreographed by Paolo Mangiola for ŻfinMalta. Both quartets are performed by Belgian string quartet Boho4. The secod half of the programme presents Ola Gjeilo’s “Sunrise Mass” performed by KorMalta under the baton of choirmaster Riccardo Bianchi.

Krzysztof Penderecki String Quartet No. 1
Béla Bartók String Quartet No. 4
I Allegro
II Prestissimo, con sordino
III Non troppo lento
IV Allegretto pizzicato
V Allegro molto
Ola Gjeilo Sunrise Mass
symphonic mass for choir and string orchestra
I The Spheres – Kyrie
II Sunrise – Gloria
III The City – Credo
IV Identity – Sanctus
V The Ground – Pleni Sunt Coeli/Agnus Dei


Pieter Jansen, violin I
Jessica Tortorice, violin II
Jeroen Robbrecht, viola
Francis Mourey, cello

Production team
Choreography: Paolo Mangiola in collaboration with the dancers
Choir Ensemble: KorMalta
Original score: Sunrise Mass by Ola Gjeilo
Live musicians: String Orchestra & SATB a cappella choir

Axel Agnello, Pearl Calleja, Matheiu Chabaneix-Amor, Tara Dalli, Felix Deepen, Nik Folini, Lotte La Haye, Keith Micallef, Simon Riccardi-Zani, Amber Van Veen

Artistic Director: Paolo Mangiola
Agency Head: Christabel Catania
Producer: Nicole Bearman
Education & Outreach Artist: Martina Zammit

Creative Learning & Archives Officer: Emma Walker
Artistic Coordinator: Anna Nowak
Production Manager: Moritz Zavan Stoeckle
Secretary: Sylvia Attard

Riccardo Bianchi: Chorus Master
KorMalta: Choir

In Collaboration with KorMalta and ŻfinMalta

Duration: 1 hour

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