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Rubio Quartet in open air concert

The magnificent setting on the ramparts of the private quarters of the Knight in Residence at Fort St Angelo will be the venue for an outdoor concert to be held at 9 p.m. on July 2, organised by the Manoel Theatre, under the patronage of President Guido de Marco, and the Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Fra Andrew Bertie.

The concert will feature the world famous Belgian Rubio Quartet, which ranks among the elite of today's young string quartets. Since its formation in 1991, it has won international recognition for innovative programming and vibrant performances of the 20th century repertoire, making a speciality of the works of Shostakovich.

Dirk Van de Velde and Dirk Van den Hanwe (violins), Mark Sonnaert (viola) and Peter Devos (violoncello) perform on instruments by the late world famous violin-maker, David Rubio, from whom the quartet takes its name. Their fame has spread internationally - this year alone, they will visit Australia, South Africa, the US, Abu Dhabi and various European capitals.

The Rubio's programme at Fort St Angelo will consist of Schubert's String Quartet op. 94, Shostakovich's Second String Quartet and Dvorak's "American" String Quartet.

A free shuttle service will be provided to take patrons from the parking area by the quayside to the venue.

Reservations for the concert may be made from the Manoel Theatre booking office.

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