La Mer - Gergely Madaras & Dmitri Ishkanov

The sea is the inspiration for the closing concert of this year’s edition of the Malta International Arts Festival, featuring the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra directed by the young conductor Gergely Madaras.

Claude Debussy’s symphonic suite La Mer, which gives the concert its name, will be followed by a performance of Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Suites, extracted from his opera Peter Grimes.

Charles Camilleri often drew on the musical heritage of the Mediterranean in his works, and this is very much evident in his “Mediterranean” piano concerto. 13-year-old prodigy Dmitry Ishkhanov, a Maltese pianist of Russo-Armenian origin, will be taking on the solo role.


Hofesh Shechter presents his critically acclaimed work Political Mother, his first full evening creation for his internationally renowned company building on the worldwide success of Uprising/In Your Rooms. Nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts award in 2011 and declared an ‘audio visual marvel’ by critics, Political Mother brims with Shechter’s emotional and gritty complexity. Pulsating live music, extraordinary ensemble sequences, and cinematic editing make Political Mother a dance experience like no other. Political Mother is performed by Shechter’s internationally acclaimed dancers and is accompanied by his cinematic score featuring a band of live drummers and electric guitarists. Political Mother promises to draw audiences back to Shechter’s world whose astonishing unisons, percussive grooves and raw, honest physicality mark him as one of the most exciting artists to emerge in recent years.

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Since the founding of a mixed voice choir in 1972, the Choir of Clare College has gained an international reputation as one of the world’s leading university choirs. In addition to its primary function of leading services three times a week in the College chapel, the choir keeps an active schedule recording, broadcasting, and performing. Former directors have included John Rutter and Timothy Brown. Under the direction of Graham Ross, Director of Music since 2010, it has been praised for its consistently ‘thrilling’ and ‘outstanding’ performances worldwide.