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The President's
New Year Concert
3 January 2021

The MPO welcomes 2021 with an online concert artistically directed by Matthew Muscat Drago. Under the baton of Colin Attard, the orchestra interprets an eclectic programme of works presenting popular orchestral numbers, Viennesse operetta arias, and a fanfare by eminent film composer John Williams.


The interdisciplinary production features ballet numbers and the Armed Forces of Malta Band whilst tributing the late Oliver Friggieri - with a literary work accompanied by Joseph Vella’s musical oeuvre.


John Williams Olympic Fanfare and Theme

Luigi Arditi Il Bacio

Franz Lehár Meine Lippen, die küssen so heiss from Giuditta

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Andante Maestoso

(Pas de Deux) from The Nutcracker Suite No. 2

Aram Khachaturian Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia

Joseph Vella Romanza for Violin, Cello and Strings

(with reciting of "Mil-Bikja tal-Masġar" by Oliver Friggieri)

Arturo Márquez Danzón No. 2

Johann Strauss II Der Zigeunerbaron Overture

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Tatiana Lisnic was born in Cobalea, Moldavia.

After finishing the Music-School in Chisinau, she received her diploma at the Music-Academy “G. Dima” in Cluj, Romania and continued her studies with Alida Ferrarini in Italy.


Tatiana Lisnic made 1998 her stage-debut at the Opera House in Cluj as Nedda (“Pagliacci”), followed by Ilia (“Idomeneo”).


COLIN ATTARD - Conductor


“That ever-energetic live wire Colin Attard” (Albert Storace, The Sunday Times of Malta, 15/05/2016) “with his wild, curly hair, is a familiar figure on the local music scene. His energy is as boundless and dynamic as his hair, and I know few local musicians who are as energetic as he is” (Albert Storace, The Sunday Times of Malta, 03/03/2014).

“Colin Attard conducted the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra with passion and a wonderfully instinctive feel for the ebb and flow of the score, to which the Orchestra responded very well” (Cecilia Xuereb, The Malta Independent, 17/04/2017). 

“Leading the MPO, Colin Attard was a beacon of controlled energy. Rhythmically-precise yet allowing the soloists to express themselves, he delivered a series of exciting musical zeniths" (Tony Cassar Darien, It-Torċa, 10/06/2018).

"A job well-carried off by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra….under the baton of that tireless bundle of energy, Colin Attard" (Albert Storace, The Sunday Times of Malta, 10/11/2019).

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For half a century, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra has been Malta’s leading musical ensemble.


The orchestra was founded in April 1968, when musicians from the defunct “C-in-C” orchestra of the Malta-based British Mediterranean Fleet regrouped as the Manoel Theatre Orchestra. It continued to serve as the theatre’s resident orchestra until September 1997, when it became an independent orchestra, taking up the name National Orchestra of Malta. The orchestra became the MPO in 2008 when it expanded into a full-size symphony orchestra, bringing together the best of Maltese talent and musicians from Europe and beyond.



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Pamela Kerr started her ballet training at the Tanya Bayona Academy. She spent some time studying at the London Studio Centre, and after returning to Malta resumed her dance training locally under the direction of Theresa Lungaro Mifsud.  She also started exploring contemporary dance under the guidance of Francesca Abela Tranter.  She participated in various festivals and performances, both locally and abroad. She has also collaborated with various dance artists and companies.  She has also attended various workshops and master classes with the likes of Random Dance Company, Roberto Olivan, Christopher Tandy, Samuel Guist, Ultima Vez, Hofesh Schechter and many others.  She has performed excerpts from various leading roles such as Kitri (Don Quixote), Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Esmeralda (Esmeralda) and others.  She has also been asked to guest dance with various other companies. Today Pamela is asked to choreograph regularly for The Dance Workshop. 


In 2004, she obtained her Enrico Cecchetti Diploma becoming the first Maltese candidate to pass as a dancer. Pamela was awarded her Fellowship teaching qualification in August 2009. In 2012 she became the Artistic Director of DanceWorks where she produced and directed, ‘Return to Innocence’ and ‘Alternate Realities’.  In 2014 she was asked to join Moveo Dance Company as a dancer and recently has also worked with this company as Rehearsal Director.  In 2015 she came second in an International dance competition held in Malta.   Today Pamela works as a freelance choreographer and dancer and has presented her work in various festivals, such as Notte Bianca, Jum Dun Karm, the fringe festival of The Malta International Arts Festival, ZiguZajg, The Malta International Arts Festival and others.  She has work which is presented yearly in schools as part of the Culture Pass Programme and has also formed part of Kreattiv.  She has also worked as a choreographer on Ruben Zahra’s project, ‘Kirana’, her work has been performed for this piece in Malta, Italy and Cyprus.  In 2018 TAG, a performance she codirected and choreographed with Kostas Papamatthaiakis, was nominated for Best performance for young audiences for the 2017/2018 season.  She has also been asked to be artistic coordinator of a V18 international project ‘Orfeo and Majnun’.  She has recently attended a residency with Oded Ronen (Israel) and Gill Kerer (Israel) and performed in both their works.  She has also recently worked with Kerry Nicholls (UK). She teaches classical ballet at The Dance Workshop Malta and also forms part of the dance subcommittee of MEIA.



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Amy DeGaetano, a 24 year old dentist, has been training in classical ballet for 20 years under the training and guidance of Ms. Theresa Lungaro Mifsud and Ms. Pamela Kerr at The Dance Workshop. She has taken lead dance roles in school performances and attended many courses with international artists among which include Vincent Hantam and Michele di Molfetta. She has also practiced contemporary dance for a couple of years with Kostas Papamatthaiakis and performed in several shows as a guest dancer with local dance companies, Moveo and Dance works. Such performances include Junior Eurovision, Baroque festival, Inauguration of George cross and Notte Bianca, amongst many others. Amy has also taken part in local and international dance competitions such as Eurovision young dancers and Danza in Fiera in Italy.



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Luke started training ballet under the direction of Olivia Dow.  He then moved on to study at The Dance Workshop under the guidance of Theresa Lungaro Mifsud where he also delved into contemporary dance. He has attended different courses both locally and abroad including a summer intensive course with Kibbutz Dance company (Israel) and Akram Khan Workshop at Sadler’s Wells (UK). He has performed works from various artists, including Oded Ronen, Gil Kerer and Zoe Camillieri.  He has also performed in various projects by ZfinMalta, Malta’s National Dance Company.

He was a member of JDC, directed by Sara Accetura for 5 years where he continued to work under various choreographers and had the opportunity to create his own work for this company. 

In 2019, Luke auditioned successfully, to attend the Dance Intensive Program(DIP) in Livorno, Italy and he is currently at ZHDK University of the Arts (Zurich) where he is continuing to pursue his passion for dance.




3 January 2021




No Intervals



Creative Director: Matthew Muscat-Drago

Conductor: Colin Attard

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

Soprano: Tatiana Lisnic

Band: Armed Forces of Malta 

Choreographer: Pamela Kerr

Mixing Engineer: Jan Košulič

Dancers: Amy Degaetano, Luke Bugeja Gauci

Reciter: Elaine Falzon


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