Maestro & Friends 2016
YIANNIS HADJILOIZOU & RED ELECTRICK
Featuring Guest Star ALIKI CHRYSOCHOU &
Maestro STEVEN MERCURIO
KOURION ANCIENT AMPHITHEATRE
Yiannis Hadjiloizou hosts the 2016 Edition of 'Maestro & Friends', welcoming famous band Red Electrick, performing original songs as well as tribute covers to Prince, David Bowie, and Michael Jackson. Guest star appearance by world renowned crossover soprano Aliki Chrysochou, and Maestro Steven Mercurio (Sting, Andrea Bocelli, Aretha Franklin, etc)
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RED ELECTRICK (REK)
Even if they hadn't won the Best Band and the Best Song categories at the 2014 Malta Music Awards or any of the 8 awards they received before that, Red Electrick's commitment towards making quality music remains undisputed. At the core of the popular songs that have made them a household name is a band with a genuine love of music. Theirs is a sound collectively influenced by both the bluesy swagger of 70s rock and a more contemporary lilt that flaunts as much groove as it does grit, all delivered with an encompassing ray of Mediterranean sunshine that probably explains the upbeat feeling their music effortlessly projects.
The five-man band behind Red Electrick first fired up the Maltese airwaves with their bouncy debut single The End of it All and quite frankly, they haven't stopped since. Further proof is to be found not only on debut album Vine Lady, but also on the more recent singles The Runaway and Shake, both unshakeable indicators that the band is certainly not resting on its laurels but venturing into pastures new. Equally indicative is their Unplugged Sessions project - released both as a digital download and full DVD production - which apart from unveiling a different flavour to their music also captured their verve as a versatile performing act, now a proven trait that has established them as one of Malta's leading live acts whether they're plugged in or not.
Without a doubt Red Electrick is bigger than the sum of all its parts; five individuals with diverse tastes that somehow come together in a cohesive, flowing sound that references all of the inspirations behind it without sounding either too contrived or evocative of any of them. Their work to date is more than proof of this, and given the flurry of activity behind closed doors in recent months, the new album sounds like it's going to be an even bigger revelation than anything they've delivered so far!
The internationally acclaimed crossover soprano exploded onto the the global music scene in 2013 after her success in the 7th season of Britain’s Got Talent. Her inspirational story combined with her angelic voice, Aliki , not only captivated the 4 judges, who praised her performance but following on from that the whole world. Even the strict music mogul, Simon Cowell was stunned and said “You just have a natural talent Aliki…your time has come!”
Following her huge success on Britain’s Got Talent, Aliki’sfanbase and online exposure rocketed. With over 50 million total youtube video views-the BGT’s first audition video alone reached 18,7 million- 20,000 Facebook followers, 3,500 twitter followers, 16,000 youtube subscribers, more than 50 international magazine covers, headlines, reports and multiple interviews. She has also been honoured with the title Global Honorary Ambassador of the World Encephalitis Society with a very active and primary role into the society’s global charity projects and in 2014 she was nominated for “Woman of the year” in the artist category for Madam Figaro magazine Awards. She has since been invited to sing in concerts around the world which have proved to be complete sell outs. Some of which are: Concert in the Park singing for the British Troops June 2013, Christmas Magic in December 2013, The Sound of Music with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra March 2014 and singing at the Cyprus Presidential Palace for the President of Cyprus September 2014. Overall the British/Greek Soprano has performed in concerts as a soloist in numerous countries around the world, including the USA, Canada, Mexico, Canary Islands, Greece, France and the U.K.
Aliki's debut album REFLECTIONS with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra was released resently, with a presentation at Limassol's Marina alongisde her Pianist, Maestro Yiannis Hadjiloizou.
MAESTRO STEVEN MERCURIO
Maestro Steven Mercurio is an internationally acclaimed conductor and composer whose musical versatility encompasses the symphonic and operatic worlds. After receiving his Masters degree from the Juilliard School he became Music Director of the Spoleto Festival for five years, and, Principal Conductor of the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Maestro Mercurio is also a sought after collaborator for many award winning recordings, arrangements and film projects.
For the stage, he has conducted more than forty-five different operas in seven different languages. His engagements have taken him to many of the world's best loved opera houses including the Teatro dell'Opera, Roma; Teatro Bellini, Catania; Teatro Filarmonico, Verona; Teatro Reggio, Torino; Teatro Verdi, Trieste; Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Bonn Opera, Teatro Massimo, Palermo, English National Opera as well as the American opera companies of San Francisco, Washington, Philadelphia, Seattle, Detroit, Opera Pacific, Florida Grand, Pittsburgh, Dallas and Cincinnati.
In addition to Maestro Mercurio's operatic repertoire, his symphonic appearances have included; the London Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, thw Royal Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Luxembourg, Prague Philharmonia, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Sacramento and San Diego Symphony Orchestras in addition to his own Spoleto Festival Orchestra.
Maestro Mercurio has conducted opera and symphonic pieces for several telecasts including the 'Christmas in Vienna' series with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra for Sony Classical highlighted by the 1999 concert featuring 'The Three Tenors.' He also conducted the now classic, PBS broadcast special 'American Dream – Andrea Bocelli’s Statue of Liberty concert” with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Also for PBS, Maestro Mercurio led the 20th Anniversary Richard Tucker Opera Gala with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Maestro Mercurio led the worldwide tour of Sting, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, for 'Symphonicities,' culminating in the DVD 'Live in Berlin.'
Internationally, Maestro Mercurio has conducted the RAI (Italian) television broadcasts of 'Christmas from Assisi (2009, 2010, 2011) and 'La Boheme' from Cagliari, the Spoleto Festival performances of Berlioz's 'Requiem,' Scriabin's 'Prometheus,' Mahler's 'Second Symphony,' and an evening featuring the music of Chick Corea and Mozart with the Youth Orchestra of Santa Cecilia.
Recent recordings by Maestro Mercurio include “Il Trovatore,” “Pagliacci,” and “Cavalleria Rusticana” for Decca Records and “Manon Lescaut” with the Teatro de la Maestranza, Seville. Additionally, vocal collections have been recorded including “Verdi Arias” with soprano Daniela Dessi, “Romanze e Canzoni” an homage to Gigli with tenor Fabio Armiliato and, three albums with tenor Marcello Giordani including the recent, “Ti voglio tanto bene.” He has also made a recording of dramatic soprano arias with Robin Folman. Mercurio’s own original recording of vocal songs, “Many Voices,” was recorded with the Prague Philharmonia and was recently released on Sony Classics. Maestro Mercurio’s relationship with SONY Classical has led him to collaborate on a great number of recordings, most notably, “Christmas in Vienna” with the Three Tenors, Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti for CD and home video. He has also recorded Richard Einhorn’s cantata, “Voices of Light,” Leo Brouwer’s, “Concerto de Toronto,” with guitarist John Williams, “Storyteller,” featuring compositions by Wynton Marsalis, Patrick Doyle and Edgar Meyer, three violin concertos with the composer-violinist Mark O’Connor and a Grammy Award winning CD with Chick Corea and the Bach 'Air' album with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and the English Chamber Orchestra.
Maestro Mercurio conducted the United States premiere of Zemlinsky's 'Der Zwerg,' for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, performed and recorded Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut' at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville and with the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, gave the world premiere and recording of Zandonai’s “I Cavalieri di Ekebu.” For the Spoleto Festival in Italy, he performed Menotti's opera, 'Goya' (recorded for Nuova Era), Puccini's 'Il Trittico,' Berg's 'Wozzeck,' Korngold's 'Die Tote Stadt,' Shostakovich's 'The Nose' and John Corigliano's 'Symphony No.1.' Among his accomplishments was the highly acclaimed Italian premiere of the complete version of Zemlinsky's 'Der Zwerg,' for the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, the Italian premiere of Andre Previn's, 'Streetcar Named Desire,' in Torino and the Italian premiere of Kurt Weill's 'Lady in the Dark' in Palermo and Rome. He conducted a new production of Verdi's 'La Traviata' for the Staatsoper Bonn, and London's English National Opera, Puccini's 'La Boheme” and Offenbach's 'Les Contes d'Hoffman' for the San Francisco Opera.
As a composer, Maestro Mercurio's compositions include songs, chamber works, and pieces for large orchestra. 'For Lost Loved Ones,' was given its world premiere by Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. His composition, 'Mercurial Overture,' was given its world premiere by the Oslo Philharmonic in a concert telecast honoring the Nobel Peace Prize winners with Maestro Mercurio conducting. Maestro Mercurio recently completed his first symphony titled, “A Grateful Tail,” based on American playwright Eugene O’Neill’s “Last Will and Testament of Silverdene Emblem O’Neill.”
Maestro Mercurio is an acclaimed and sought after arranger. He has created arrangements for a wide array of artists, including Andrea Bocelli, Placido Domingo, Fabio Armiliato, Carl Tanner, Ben Heppner, Bryn Terfel, Marcello Giordani, Secret Garden and Sting.