Adrian Butterfield (top) conducts Britt Arend and Rebecca Hall in tonight’s concert in aid of Dar il-Kaptan.Adrian Butterfield (top) conducts Britt Arend and Rebecca Hall in tonight’s concert in aid of Dar il-Kaptan.

A concert being held to mark the 25th anniversary of Dar il-Kaptan, the Foundation for Respite Care Services, is taking place tonight in Valletta.

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik takes its name from one of the three works on the programme. Apart from this Mozart serenade, the concert also presents Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto K. 299 and Handel’s Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 11 in A Major.

The performers, all musicians from the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, will be conducted by Adrian Butterfield with soloists Britt Arend (harp) and Rebecca Hall (flute).

The composition Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is a highly unusual one for several reasons. In the first place, such serenades would normally be performed by wind ensembles and it is also much shorter than would be expected. Little is known about its inspiration or possible patron.

Britt ArendBritt Arend

Yet, its melodies are among the most enchanting of Mozart’s works, his genius lying in the simplicity and elegance in the turn of each whimsical phrase. Handel’s piece, along with his other similar concerts, is thought in some circles to be inspired by the Italian violinist and composer Arcangelo Corelli, who he met on his many travels to Italy. It begins in French overture style, with its recognisable dotted rhythmic patterns, followed by several brief movements that contrast the lyricism and vitality of this baroque master.

The flute featured prominently in Mozart’s middle period with the composition being played tonight scored in the spring of 1778 as part of a commission for the Duke of Guines, a celebrated flautist and established member of Parisian society. Mozart produced a work of simple, yet sublime elegance, allowing for a delightful mix of virtuosity and melody.

Rebecca HallRebecca Hall

■ The concert is taking place tonight at 8pm at the Manoel Theatre in Valletta. For more information or to book tickets, visit www.teatrumanoel.com.mt.

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