Messa da Requiem by Mro Mark Agius

The St Paul Chamber Ensemble presents Messa da Requiem (2017) by Mro Mark Agius, in aid of Dar tal-Providenza held at the St. John's Co-Cathedral on Friday the 16th of March 2018 at 19.30hrs.

Medina Foundation for Music Culture January 18, 2018 at 11:12 am
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Project Description

Messa da Reqiuem (2017) is the latest work by Mro Mark Agius. This work will be premiered on the 16th March 2018, at St John’s Co Cathedral by the St Paul Chamber Ensemble, one of Malta’s finest orchestras, bringing together forty-five of the most talented musicians our island has to offer in a concert programme of the highest calibre.

The Messa Da Requiem is a work in eight movements, these being the Introit, Kyrie, Sequence (Dies Irae, which is itself divided into a further eight movements), Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Pie Jesu, Libera Me and In Paradisium, and is scored for orchestra, four soloists, and SATB choir. The soloists will be Karen Gatt Darmenia (Soprano), May Caruana (Controalto), Charles Vincenti (Tenor) and Ivan Vella (Baritone) together with the Rotondo choir of Poznan, Poland.

Why are we crowdfunding?

The St Paul Chamber Ensemble strives to maintain its standards of musical excellence; however, undertaking such initiatives necessitates covering the necessary costs of venues for the performance and rehearsals, and the various logistics needed to put up such a performance. One must appreciate that all participants have to study, travel and cover instrument costs whilst having the responsibility to excel in their performance. These costs will sum up to €5,000.

Your support in helping us to fund this philanthropic initiative through sponsorships and donations will be greatly appreciated.

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What is the aim behind this project?

 The aim behind the project is twofold.  Primarily it is to promote Maltese talent whilst creating a cross-cultural experience through collaboration with one of Poznan’s finest choirs and offering this cultural experience to the general public.  Secondly, as one knows, Id-Dar tal-Providenza relies to a very large extent on the generosity of its benefactors and the public donations it receives to live up to its mission. Entrance tickets will be sold at the reasonable price whereby all proceeds will be donated towards Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

What’s so special about this production? 

This cultural event is a unique opportunity for the audience to be part of a musical experience in one of the most prestigious historical sites in Malta, the St John’s Co-Cathedral.

This production is suitable for the general public, particularly those who appreciate classical sacred music and the complexity of a live performance by a large chamber ensemble which will be accompanied by four soloists and a choir from Poznan, Poland with the participation of Maltese guest singers.

This will also be the first time this work, which is the latest composition by Mro Mark Agius, will be performed.

Background of the Production.

Established in 2015, the Medina Foundation for Music is a registered, independent and non-profit organisation in Malta established with the aims of encouraging and facilitating professional musical development and cultural awareness and promoting Malta’s vision as a hub of cultural and educational activity for all regions of the world and in particular for the Euro-Mediterranean region.  Above all it believes in cultivating a culture of creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, excellence and flexibility sustained by the values of commitment, dedication and integrity. The Foundation’s Performance Programme is attained through the St Paul Chamber Ensemble.

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The Artists. (Full Profiles in FAQ Section)

MARK AGIUS – Composer and Conductor. Mark Agius was educated at St. Aloysius College. He studied percussion under various tutors and later music theory under Ms Marthese Busuttil Cassar, furthering his studies in harmony and counterpoint and attaining his BMusLSM, with honours and FLSM, also with honours, under Ms Rita Psaila. He was also mentored in the writing of libretto and lyrics by his uncle, the poet and song-writer Mr Charles Mifsud and conducting by Mro Joseph Sammut. He graduated from the University of Malta with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. (More Info in FAQ Section)

Karen Gatt Darmenia – Soprano. Karen Gatt Darmenia graduated from the University of Malta with a BEd (Hons) in Home Economics in 2009. She is a piano teacher having started studying piano performance and theory of music from a young age and attaining her ALSM, Dip Rec LSM and Dip Mus LSM under the tuition of Ms Anne Marie Chircop. She was invited to perform a number of times during the annual college concerts of LSM both as a pianist and as a singer.

May Caruana – Contralto. Contralto May Caruana started studying music at a very early age, with her first instrument being the piano. She later started her vocal studies with Mezzo soprano Claire Massa, and is now continuing her vocal and musical development with Ms Juliette Bisazza.

Charles Vincenti – Tenor. 
Charles Vincenti is a graduate with a B.A. (Hons) in Music Studies and a P.G.C.E. in Music from the University of Malta. He studied vocal technique with mezzo-soprano Claire Massa. In summer 2000, he attended master-classes at the Kodaly International School in the UK with Hungarian soprano Eva Andor. Currently Vincenti studies with Juliette Bisazza Zanni.

Ivan Vella – Baritone. Ivan Vella began his musical career with the group Act React under the direction of Ray Mangion. He then participated in multiple concerts with the Amadeus Chamber Choir and was featured soloist during their tour to Poland. He was part of the Manoel Opera chorus for the production of Aleko under Maestro Brian Schembri.

The Rotondo Choir
. The chamber choir, under the patronage of the parish of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina in Poznan, was created in April 2006. Its conductor and artistic director, Natalia Sobkowiak-Bolewska, is a graduate of the Academy of Choral Music in Poznan.

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