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Charles Buttigieg in solo Christmas Concert at the Hotel San Lawrenz

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Charles Buttigieg in solo Christmas Concert at the Hotel San LawrenzThis Friday, there will be the opportunity to see Gozitan baritone Charles Buttigieg in a solo Christmas Concert at the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz.

This will be the 19-year old’s first public performance on home soil since being admitted into the prestigious Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, US. Tenor Joseph Calleja has described the young baritone as a “rare talent.”

Charles will be accompanied on the piano by Mro Dr John Galea, for what promises to be a memorable evening.

Last month Charles was invited to sing at a high-end private event in New York in the presence of soprano Renee Flemings and mezzo soprano Dolora Zajick, and now he is appearing back in Gozo.

Curtis Institute of Music is one of the most selective schools in the US, accepting just four per cent of applicants each year through its scholarship-only policy, which ensures that talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission.

It has produced some of the world’s best musical talent over the years, including Leonard Bernstein.

Charles said, “I feel privileged to be in the company of renowned music teachers at the Curtis Institute and have already learnt a great deal since I arrived.”

“I hope to show the audience at my Christmas concert how I have developed as a singer and also give them an insight into what is yet to come,” he added.

Charles went on to say that “trying to become a professional singer and being away from family and friends is not easy, but I am greatly encouraged by the support I receive on a continuous basis from the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation and Joseph himself.”

Charles’s Christmas Concert, which is being organised by the JP2 Foundation of Gozo -is on Friday, the 28th of December, starting at 8pm and is sponsored by the Kempinski San Lawrenz, Ministry for Gozo and Eco Gozo, the American Embassy, Gozo Village Holidays and Sabine Agius.

Tickets are available via email at jp2foundation@gmail.com or by sending a text message with details to 9944 1076.

The organisers said that entry to the concert is free, but donations by attendees would be very much appreciated.

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