UP-CLOSE

UP-CLOSE

Here is another event happening as part of the Malta Arts Festival and a ‘must see’ for anyone interested in the interdisciplinary potential of cinema

UP-CLOSE

Date: Saturday 26th July
Venue: Ballroom, Grand Hotel Excelsior, Floriana
Time: 21.00
Entrance: €15, concessions €10

In Michel van der Aa’s cello concerto Up-close, the traditional interaction of soloist and ensemble is reflected by a mysterious, mirror reality seen on film. When the piece begins, a solo cellist and string ensemble sit on the right of the stage; on the left stands a large video screen. On the screen we see an elderly lady sitting among an arrangement of chairs and music stands that parallels the real-life version on the other side of the stage. It soon becomes clear that this is only one of a variety of interactions across a hall of mirrors created by the soloist, ensemble and film. Up-close is thus a cello concerto duplicated and magnified until it reaches the boundary of video opera. Featuring soloist Konstanze van Gutzeit under the direction of Pavel Snajdr with the string orchestra of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. The programme will also include ‘Triple Quartet’ by Steve Reich and ‘Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten’ by Arvo Pärt.

Date: Saturday 26th July
Venue: Ballroom, Grand Hotel Excelsior, Floriana
Time: 21.00
Entrance: €15, concessions €10