Court circuit Issue 55
Genc Tukici plays a remix of the Albanian and British national anthems, with a bit of jazz and Gershwin too
Notes on Albania
The Albanian Ambassador Mal Berisha celebrated his country’s Independence Day with a sell-out concert a whimsical mix of classical music, folk favourites, poetry, envelop-pushing contemporary pieces and a world premier of Four World Seasons, a modern re-imagining of the Verdi classic.
Speaking at the opening, Ambassador Berisha said the Albanian people looked forward to being re-united with the rest of Europe, having been granted EU candidate status in June. The concert, he said, demonstrated the European roots of Albanian culture.
Guest of Honour Lord Robert Maclennan said Notes on Albania showed why Albania forms an “integral part of the European cultural mosaic”.
Former British Ambassador to Albania Stephen Nash, Ambassador Berisha and Mrs Berisha
Mrs Lindita Greiçevci, the Ambassador of Kosovo Mr Lirim Greiçevci, Ambassador Berisha and Mrs Berisha
Artists take a bow
The Ambassador of Macedonia Jovan Donev, Mrs Elena Grdesic and the Ambassador of Croatia Dr Ivan Grdesic
Author and diplomat Robert Wilton, Ambassador Berisha and Mrs Berisha
“Albania looks forward to full EU membership” Ambassador Mal Berisha
Virtuoso performance by Soprano Inva Mula
Composer Roxanna Panufnik introduces Autumn In Albania from her Four World Seasons
Peter Sheppard-Skaerved performs the World Premier of Capriccioso for Solo Violin by Thomas Simaku
Roxanna Panufnik, Marjela Cingo and Eljon Vejsiu
“Albania is part of the European cultural mosaic” Lord Robert
Maclennan of Rogart