German conductor Christian Schumann leads the MPO in Shostakovich 9

German conductor Christian Schumann leads the MPO in Shostakovich 9
29th September 2021 Maria

German conductor Christian Schumann leads the MPO in Shostakovich 9

A fresh repertoire awaits live-audiences as award winning German conductor Christian Schumann leads the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) in their upcoming concert, Shostakovich 9.

Considered to be “a shining star of the new German conductor generation” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung) Christian Schumann has thrilled audiences globally. From film, to opera and symphonic music, the young conductor is fast establishing his reputation on the international stage.

A modern and multifaceted artist, Schumann leads a full orchestra at the Hilton this Saturday 2 October. In an eclectic selection of 20th Century and contemporary music the concert features the electrifying minimalistic orchestral work Emergence by contemporary Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason. 

Zoltán Kodály’s entrancingDances of Galánta softens the atmosphere, being a score brimming with Hungarian folk elements. Finally, the programme comes to a triumphant close with Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9. Commemorating his 115th birthday, the work performed is also known as Shostakovich’s classical symphony due to its classically oriented form and conciseness.

Being the seventh concert organised by the MPO for audiences since the re-opening of live events in July, Malta’s foremost musical institution has evidently come back with a revived energy. This has been a continuation of the momentum built up as the orchestra went through an extensive digital transformation, reaping over 16m unique followers. Keeping the hybrid model alive, the MPO pursues both online events – including the stunning Grand Finale which closed a record season for the MPO – and live concerts. 

Taking place this Saturday 2 October, Shostakovich 9 is presented in collaboration with Hilton Malta and with the support of KPMG and Henley & Partners. It is in accordance with all current health protocols, with valid vaccination certificate required at entry. Tickets can be bought from showshappening.com.

German conductor Christian Schumann ​“a shining star of the new German conductor generation.” Photo credits: Jorge Cueto