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Gozo Minister presents funds to Leone Philharmonic Society

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Gozo Minister presents funds to Leone Philharmonic SocietyIndependence Square in Victoria will host the 6th edition of Leone Goes Pop on Saturday the 15th of June, a spectacular concert of modern music, presented by the Leone Philharmonic Society.

This year the Society is celebrating the 150th anniversary since its establishment as the first band in Gozo. Details of this 6th annual concert were announced recently at the Ministry for Gozo, where the Gozo Minister Dr Anton Refalo presented a grant to the Society’s President Dr. Michael Caruana.

The Gozo Minister explained that one of the tasks of the Ministry is to collaborate in its work with such entities as the Leone Society for the promotion of art and culture. He added that the Ministry will give all the necessary support, financially, as well as logistical and administrative to enable this to take place.

The President of the Leone Society thanked the Minister and reiterated the commitment of the Society to be at the forefront in the cultural sphere, both artistic and musical.

This year to maintain the spirit of the band’s 150th anniversary celebrations, the Leone Band ha enlised the services of Gozitan singer Deborah C and has managed to secure two of Malta’s finest musical exports – Chiara, three times Maltese Eurosong representative and Kevin Borg, the 2008 Swedish Pop Idol and this year’s Maltese Eurosong runner-up.

With this sixth edition, the Leone will ‘Pop for a Jubilee,’ the audience will be invited to join in the celebration mood with the immortal tunes of Abba, Beatles, Zucchero, Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, Kool and the Gang, Pet Shop Boys, Elton John and Sinead O’Connor to name but a few.

Leone Goes Pop will this year be hosted by TV personality Valerie Vella while resident conductor Colin Attard leads the band.

Colin Attard explained that the concept of Leone Goes Pop goes beyond the traditional Maltese band formation and offers a full musical entertainment experience for the whole family.

The concert starts at 9.00pm, as part of the celebrations of Victoria Day. Entry is free of charge.

Seating is free on a first-come-first-served basis.

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