OSM - Varese

July 19, 2019

Canonica di Brezzo di Bedero - h.21.00

Ciaccone, Fantasie, Follie!

Orchestra Sacro Monte di Varese: Riccardo Bianchi,  - Conductor

Antonio Palumbo - Oboe

Mariachiara Cavinato - Soprano


THE ARMED MAN - K. Jenkins

May 17, 2019

Mediterranean COnference Centre - MALTA - h.20.00

Commissioned by the Royal Armouries museum for its millennium celebrations, Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man is a musical setting of the Catholic Mass which also incorporates other religious and historical sources, including the Islamic call to prayer sung by a muezzin.

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Laos - Conductor


Riccardo Bianchi - ChorusMaster



Sacred Utterances

April 02, 2019

Robert Sammut Hall - MALTA - h.20.00

The MPO marks the start of Holy Week with Sacred Utterances, a journey of light and mystery through music in the beautifully atmospheric Robert Samut Hall.

An MPO chamber orchestra under the direction of Michelle Castelletti teams up with KorMalta to perform instrumental and choral music by Penderecki, Górecki, Pärt, Barber and Gjeilo in an immersive multidisciplinary and sensory experience as we make our way from darkness to light.

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

Michelle Castelletti - Conductor
Riccardo Bianchi - Chorus Master



March 09, 2019

Teatro di Varese - ITALY - h.17.00


DON GIOVANNI ossia il Dissoluto Punito K527

Dramma Giocoso su Libretto di L. Da Ponte

Orchestra del Festival Estense: OSM cittá di Varese
Riccardo Bianchi - Conductor

Serena Nardi -  Director

DISNEY - Beauty&Beast

February 15, 2019

In this 2017 film, Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star ensemble cast that includes Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the eponymous characters with Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor and many more.

As the full-length live action film unfolds on the big screen, the critically acclaimed musical score composed by Alan Menken will be performed live by the MPO under the direction of Kevin Abela, in a unique family-friendly, symphonic cinema event.

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

Kevin Abela - Conductor
Riccardo Bianchi - Chorus Master


Mozart’s Great Mass

February 07, 2019

Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Paul, Mdina - MALTA - h.20.00

The Great Mass is the penultimate musical setting of the mass penned by Mozart, and like its only successor – the Requiem – it was left incomplete by the composer, missing the concluding Agnus Dei section in its entirety.

But the parts that were put to paper showcase Mozart at his finest and most ambitious. Written after his wife Constanze’s recovery from a serious illness, the work’s admirers include none other than Pope Francis, who said that the Et incarnatus est passage from the Credo section is “matchless: it lifts you to God.”

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

Peter Manning - Conductor
Riccardo Bianchi - Chorus Master


Motets and Madrigals – from Sacred to Profane (Launch of KorMalta)

December 01, 2018

St Paul Cathedral - La Valletta - MALTA. h19.30

Set up on an ad hoc basis when a choir was needed for a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in May 2017, the success of that performance saw it become the MPO Chorus, responsible for all the MPO’s choral projects. This year, the choir is reborn as KorMalta, Malta’s first national choir, and its official launch will see it tackle some of the best examples of a cappella music across the centuries, performing in its entirety as well as in smaller chamber groups. The programme spans from the sacred works of de Victoria and Palestrina to the profane of Mendelssohn and Monteverdi, with the concert’s key piece being the Lux Aeterna set to the music of Elgar’s timeless Nimrod.


Riccardo Bianchi - Chorus Master

The Misadventures of Peer Gynt

November 16, 2018

Teatro Manoel - h.17.00

Using his imagination, young farmer-boy Peer leaves his farm behind and ventures to faraway places in an epic adventure. Will he be back in time to continue farming as his mother told him to, or will his daydreams get the better of him?

Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen had asked his compatriot Edvard Grieg to compose incidental music for Peer Gynt, and both drew on the traditions of their homeland for inspiration. Nearly 150 years later, the Malta Youth Orchestra will bring Grieg’s orchestration to life, with a script adapted from Ibsen’s play penned by Chris Dingli to present an unforgettable tale fit for all ages.

Edvard Grieg Peer Gynt, Op. 23

Malta Youth Orchestra (Malta)

Riccardo Bianchi - Conductor
Andre Agius Artistic - Director
Chris Dingli -  Script

OSM - Varese

October 19, 2018

Chiesa di San Carlo - Cazzago Brabbia (Va) ITALY - h.21.00

W.A Mozart: Sonata da chiesa K.263
F. Haendel: Silete Venti
W.A Mozart: Exultate Jubilate K.165
W.A Mozart Sinfonia N.29, K201

Orchestra Sacro Monte di Varese: Riccardo Bianchi,  - Conductor

Mariachiara Cavinato - Soprano


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