AMUSE Event – SensitIV Concert

Date(s) - 24 Sep 2019

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SensitIV Concert by Goldberg Ensemble

Under the direction of Mro Michael Laus

Date: Tuesday 24 September 2019

Time:  7pm

Venue: Various spaces within Palazzo de La Salle

This event will form part of a series of events for the project AMUSE, whose pinnacle will take place in September 2019.

SensitIV, a new composition by Christopher Muscat which will be receiving its first performance on 24 September 2019, was commissioned by the Malta Society of Arts as part of the AMuSE Project and to mark the completion of the restoration of the Palazzo de La Salle Chapel.

The title of this work is a play on the word “senses” and the four (IV) elements of nature (earth, fire, water and air). SensitIV contains a musical representation of the four elements of nature, but the metaphysical essence of the elements is perhaps best represented by the overarching spiritual aura that pervades the entire 35-minute work.

This composition is a multi-sensory work that incorporates an unorthodox combination of performers with live electronics and lighting effects that are an integral part of this work. It makes use of various musical styles and techniques such as plainchant, polytonality and improvisation.

The performance of the work will make use of different areas of the Palazzo de la Salle, giving the audience the opportunity to appreciate the historical setting to the full. The work will be performed by the Goldberg Ensemble, which for this occasion will consist of a 16-strong choir, Nadia Debono and Daniel Cauchi, Principal Viola and Principal Percussion of the MPO respectively, and Joseph Debono, who will be in charge of the electronic effects. Michael Laus, Resident Conductor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, will be directing and playing the piano solo part.