Tour of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra in the USA

Calendar114In December 2018, the European Foundation for Support of Culture is organising a tour of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra in the United States dedicated to the 50 th anniversary of the orchestra.

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will perform under the baton of Sergey Smbatyan, merited artist of Armenia, with a series of concerts on the 27 th of November at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia; on the 29 th of November at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore and on the 1 st of December at Carnegie Hall, the musical gem of New York and the main concert hall of the United States.

Carnegie Hall was built to the design of architect William B. Tuthill with funds from the wealthy philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The hall opened on May 5, 1891 with a concert of the New York Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Today, Carnegie Hall is one of the one of the most prestigious concert halls in the world for performing classical and popular music. It consists of three auditoriums with a total of 3,000 seats; in 1997 the main hall was named after the outstanding violinist of the twentieth century Isaac Stern.

Throughout its history of over a century, Carnegie Hall has hosted such remarkable world premieres as Symphony No. 9 by Antonín Dvořák (December 16, 1893), Variations on a Theme of Corelli by Sergei Rachmaninoff (November 7, 1931), Symphony in Three Movements by Igor Stravinsky (January 24, 1946), Symphony No. 4 by Charles Ives (April 26, 1965).

During the tour, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will perform music by famous Maltese composers who have already won world recognition. One of the most famous contemporary soloists will perform together with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra at the final concert of the tour at Carnegie Hall.