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Feel the Magic represents a strong three-year vision that seeks to place the arts and creativity at the heart of Gozo’s future. The project supports the implementation of a series of high-profile concerts in collaboration with international and national organizations and aims to develop a co-ordinated yearly programme of events.
Further to this year’s disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s projected offering had to be re-configured. And we are back with the following offerings on the digital platform during the last trimester and early next year, 2021. Events for 2021 will be subject to Health Department Protocols that may be reviewed from time to time:
Online streaming 21 August 2020 – Feel the Magic of Napoli
featuring Baritone Charles Buttigieg (Curtis Institute, USA)
Filming on location during October 2020 – Feel the Magic of Ġgantija
featuring Chorus Urbanus, Other Dance Theatre,
Music: John Galea; Choreography: Lucia Piquero
(to be aired on TVM2 in 2021)
Online streaming November 2020 – Feel the Magic of Maltese Music
Filming on location at St George’s Basilica 20 December 2020 – Feel the Magic of Christmas
(to be aired 24 and 25 December 2020 on TVM)
Filming at the Hilton Grandmasters Suite May 2021 – Feel the Magic of Opera Overtures
Malta Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: John Galea
(to be streamed during October 2021)
Live Concert – 6 November 2021- St Augustine’s Church – Feel the Magic of Wind Quintet
featuring Members of the Saint Paul’s Metropolitan Orchestra
Live Concert – 14 November – Ministry for Gozo Exhibition Hall – Feel the Magic of Flute and Piano Music
featuring Silvio Zammit (flute) and Ramona Zammit Formosa (Pianoforte)
15-20 November 2021 – Feel the Magic of Vocal Masterclasses
led by International Soprano Claudia Sasso – Teatru Astra
Live Concert – 19 December 2021 – Feel the Magic of Christmas
Chorus Urbanus Productions is a non-profit organization that is a very active protagonist in the national cultural scenario. It is the organization’s mission to co-ordinate and present notable cultural events throughout the year. It is our policy to produce and present concerts of a very high standard both by local and international artists within the limits of our budgetary constraints, that are however generously supported by the Gozo Cultural Support Programme Fund. The Feel the Magic Project is spread over four major concerts per year (one for every season) and one Grand Concert featuring various soloists, Choir, Children’s Choir, Orchestra, and Choreography , in the open-air during the Summer months.
Aims and Objectives:
The philosophy behind the setting up of this project is triggered by a culturally rich and eminently educational approach. Our policy gives a high priority to the promotion of top-level local talent to share the limelight with foreign high-calibre artists. It is our objective to enhance the international status of the Project with seasoned local and international performers being invited to perform a varied repertoire that promises to be exciting in its exploration of the magic of the Arts.
A network of professional relationships is enabled through the local and international contacts enjoyed by our Artistic Director, Dr John Galea. This gives a stronger and more excellent profile to the Project. Apart from master classes, the project caters for the educational programme that gears its focus on local musicians and our own choristers by providing them with a platform from where they would have the opportunity to perform along other international artists to a culturally enlightened audience, who are the net beneficiaries of these concerts.
Inclusivity features highly on our cultural agenda. The level of excellence that is being foreseen in the quality of the concerts does encourage audiences with diverse tastes of genres, coming from all walks of life to attend. The Organizers of the Project will also strive to attract tourists who happen to be visiting the islands throughout the whole year. Contacts are being made with tour operators, hotels, estate agents and other strategic partners as the Feel the Magic excitement is already starting to generate their interest in our project.
It is envisaged that Social Networking is undertaken to help an extensive reach out. One way of achieving this is certainly the setting up of this website, where communication and accessibility to information about programmes, artists, general information with regard to ‘how to get there’ directions, thus making it easier for the organisation to attract a wider range of people interested to attend. A Facebook page is also set up to achieve efficient ways of social networking to reach out to new audiences through an aggressive page promotion and advertising.
The Project organisers acknowledge the solid contributions of various sponsors, without whose support the rich cultural content of the project will fail to achieve its objective of wide dissemination. Through these sponsorships, we will continue to dream and achieve and ensure that the high reputation of Gozo as a cultural destination of excellence is maintained.
Art Forms addressed by the Project:
The programme projected for this year, presents four contrasted Feel the Magic concerts showcasing prime artistic quality, and an open-air Grand Concert – Feel the Magic of Musical Theatre. The idea is to present an eclectic sequence of artistic endeavours that show the unity in diversity that the Arts can offer.
Audience Category and Participation:
The project is designed to attract a diverse and wide audience, with a wide-spread appeal where diverse tastes are addressed! Such is the philosophy behind the Project that promises events that are attractive and compelling to one and all. It is our ardent desire to build a group of Friends of Chorus Urbanus Productions where members will participate in the actual feedbacks and suggestions as to what they would like to be included in future editions of the Feel the Magic Project. This is no mean feat but we are sure that we have the will to make it happen!
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