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L-eqdem ritratt tal-Banda La Stella li jġib id-data tal-4 ta' Frar 1888.

L-eqdem ritratt tal-Banda La Stella li jġib id-data tal-4 ta’ Frar 1888.

 

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Il-Banda La Stella mal-kumitat fl-2005

Il-Banda Ċittadina u Dekana La Stella dejjem tat kontribut mill-akbar lill-qasam mużikali u kulturali ta’ gżiritna. Matul il-medda tas-snin, il-Banda La Stella tmexxiet minn surmastrijiet ta’ ħila kbira. Fl-1970 din l-għaqda mużikali għaddiet taħt l-idejn kapaċi tal-Prof. Mro Joseph Vella, kif għadha sal-lum. Il-Banda La Stella hija l-ewwel banda Għawdxija li daqqet programmi f’Malta u barra minn Malta. Esegwiet programmi mużikali f’uħud mill-aqwa pjazez tal-Ewropa. Fl-istorja glorjuża tagħha, il-banda tal-Belt Victoria bla dubju għandha rekord ta’ ġrajjiet storiċi li jagħmlulha unur.

Diretturi Muzikali

Brief History (in English)

Socjeta Filarmonika La Stella is the first Musical Society legally established in Gozo through a notorial deed dated 1881, although it recongises it roots further before 1863.  Since incpetion, the La Stella Band formed its core element and has nurtured a culture of music making and playing and has been a protagonsists in the social and cultural life of the island.  The La Stella Band performed in Rome, Florence, Venice, Lugano, Eupen Tornoto, Vienna and Prague. Prof Joseph Vella is the musical director of the Band and Mro Sigmund Mifsud its assistant director. In 2013 the La Stella Band produced its first edition of RockAstra, which has been acclaimed to success.

In 1968 it inaugurated the Teatru Astra.  During these years, the theatre has hosted international performers such as Raffaella Carra, The Goggi Sisters, Al Bano and Romina Power, The Platters, Bobby Solo, Osibisa, the Montparnasse Ballet Troupe, Nek, the Ballet Classique de Paris and more recently Amedeo Minghi. Local talent has been extensively put to use and encouraged by the Theatre.  In 1978, the Teatru Astra ventured in the greatest form of stage production: the Opera.  Teatru Astra patrons have been exposed to world-class singers direct from the most prominent theatres The Teatru Astra stage has also been the venue from where internationally acclaimed local artists, including Miriam Cauchi and Joseph Calleja, debuted their operatic career.

The Mediterranea Festival organised for the first time in 2002, is the latest initiative of Teatru Astra, and the first to be marketed internationally.

In 2016, the Astra ventured in the form of musicals, Grease being the first production of this new popular genre of theatre. The musical Evita was then produced three times in March and April of 2017.

In 2016, the Astra School of Musical Theatre, a professional academy specialising in drama, music and singing was launched.

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Il-Banda La Stella barra minn Malta

Kif semmejna, il-Banda La Stella għandha ħafna primati fil-kullana tas-suċċessi tagħha.  Fost dawn hemm dak li kienet l-ewwel banda Għawdxija li daqqet f’Malta kif ukoll barra minn Malta.  Din hija ġabra ta’ mawriet li l-Banda għamlet bejn l-1947 u l-1999.

1947 09 Katanja 02

1) Surmast Giuseppe Giardini Vella – Programm di Gala – Villa Bellini, Katanja, Sqallija, l-Italja – 13 ta’ Settembru 1947. Il-banda ġiet irregalata bi stendard ta’ Katanja mis-sindku tal-belt.

2)  Surmast Anthony Sammut – Programm di Gala – Villa Bellini, Katanja, Sqallija, l-Italja – 4 ta’ Settembru 1948.

3)  Surmast Giuseppe Giardini Vella – Programm di Gala – Piazza Politeana, Palermo, Sqallija, l-Italja – 21 ta’ Awwissu 1949.

1954 08 Katanja 02 (_anni Vella)

4)  Surmast Ġanni Vella – Programm di Gala – Villa Bellini, Katanja, Sqallija, l-Italja – 29 ta’ Awwissu 1954.

1973 08 Firenze 02

5)  Surmast Joseph Vella – Programm di Gala – Piazza della Signoria, Firenze, l-Italja – 31 ta’ Awwissu 1973.   Surmast Joseph Vella – Marċ – Piazza Rotonda, Salerno, l-Italja – 2 ta’ Settembru 1973. Il-banda ġiet irregalata bi stendard ta’ Salerno.

1975 07 28 Piazza Navona, Roma

6)  Surmast Joseph Vella – Programm di Gala – Piazza Navona, Ruma, l-Italja – 28 ta’ Lulju 1975.  Il-banda ġiet irregalata bi stendard ta’ Ruma mis-sindku tal-belt.

1975 07 31 Piazza San Marco, Venezia

Surmast Joseph Vella – Programm di Gala – Piazza San Marco, Venezja, l-Italja – 31 ta’ Lulju 1975.  Il-banda ġiet irregalata bi stendard ta’ Venezja mis-sindku tal-belt.

1977 08 Como (Surmast _anni Vella)

7)  Surmast Ġanni Vella – Programm di Gala – Piazza Cavour, Como, l-Italja – 12 ta’ Awwissu 1977.  Surmast Ġanni Vella – Programm di Gala – Piazza della Riforma, Lugano, l-Isvizzera – 13 ta’ Awwissu 1977.

1989 09 08 Canicattini Bagni 04

8)  Surmast Joseph Vella – Sfilata – Toroq ewlenin ta’ Canicattini Bagni, Sirakuża, Sqallija, l-Italija – 8 ta’ Settembru 1989. Surmast Joseph Vella – Programm – Canicattini Bagni, Sirakuża, Sqallija, l-Italija – 9 ta’ Settembru 1989. Surmast Joseph Vella – Festival – Piazza XX Settembre, Canicattini Bagni, Sirakuża, Sqallija, l-Italja – 10 ta’ Settembru 1989.  Mro Vella mexxa l-banda tal-post fl-eżekuzzjoni tal-kompożizzjoni mużikali tiegħu Jubilo, li kienet rebbħitu t-tieni premju f’dan il-festival is-sena ta’ qabel.

1992 08 _ermanja - G_oti Standard      

9)  Surmast Joseph Vella – Programm di Gala – Piazza America, Eupen, il-Belġju – 28 ta’ Awwissu 1992. Dik il-ġimgħa kien hemm wirja internazzjonali tal-fjuri.     Surmast Joseph Vella – Sfilata kbira – Marktplatz, Adenau, il-Ġermanja – 29 ta’ Awwissu 1992.  Surmast Joseph Vella – Programm fl-okkażjoni tal-elf sena mit-twaqqif tal-belt – Marktplatz, Adenau, il-Ġermanja – 30 ta’ Awwissu 1992. Il-banda ġiet irregalata bi stendard tal-belt mis-sindku ta’ Adenau.

1994 04 Kanada

10)  Surmast Joseph Vella – Marċ u Purċissjoni – Toronto, il-Kanada – 22 ta’ April 1994. Il-banda għamlet marċ tul Dundas Street West flimkien mal-Malta Band.  Meta l-marċ wasal ħdejn Malta Park sar it-tberik tal-istatwa ta’ San Ġorġ li kienet għadha kif ġiet irrestawrata, imbagħad tkompliet purċissjoni bl-istatwa sal-knisja ta’ St Paul’s, fejn il-konċelebrazzjoni solenni tal-festa tmexxiet mill-Arċipriet tal-Bażilika ta’ San Ġorġ, Mons. Salv Borg.  Surmast Joseph Vella – Programm – Mississauga, Toronto, il-Kanada – 23 ta’ April 1994. Il-programm ittella’ waqt Dinner Dance fis-St John’s Lithuanian Hall.

1997 09 Vienna u Praga 02

11)  Surmast Joseph Vella – Marċ u Programm – Vjenna, l-Awstrija – 4 ta’ Settembru 1997. Il-marċ beda minn barra l-kanċell tal-Palazz Schönbrunn u wara sar programm mużikali quddiem l-entratura prinċipali tal-palazz.  Surmast Joseph Vella – Marċ u Programm – Old Town Square, Praga, ir-Repubblika Ċeka – 5 ta’ Settembru 1997.  Il-marċ sar fiċ-ċentru storiku tal-belt ta’ Praga, magħruf bħala l-Golden Cross, u għadda minn Winceslas Square u kompla sejjer sa Old Town Square, fejn il-banda daqqet programm mużikali għad-dell tal-monument grottesk ta’ John Huss.

1999 El Kantaoni

12)  Surmast Joseph Vella – Sfilata tal-Karnival – Sousse, it-Tuneżija – 27 ta’ Frar 1999. Ħadet sehem flimkien mal-banda l-kumpanija taż-żfin tat-Teatru Astra.

 

(Tagħrif dwar il-mawriet barra minn Malta miġbur minn Michael Said u huwa ppubblikat fil-ktieb Festi San Ġorġ 2011)

 

 

Is-Surmastrijiet magħrufa li kellha l-Banda La Stella matul is-snin.

Mro Antonio Buhagiar Mro Antonio Buhagiar 1880 - 1881
Mro Salvatore Grima Mro Salvatore Grima 1881 - 1884
Mro Achille Lanzon Mro Achille Lanzon 1884 - 1885
Mro Giuseppe Borg Mro Giuseppe Borg 1885-1892
Mro Antonio Aguis Mro Antonio Aguis 1892-1901
Mro Alfonso Cinà Mro Alfonso Cinà 1901-1902
Mro Gaetano Grech Mro Gaetano Grech 1902-1905
Mro Kav Alfred Hare Mro Kav Alfred Hare 1905-1922
Mro Gius. Vitaliti (Aġent) Mro Gius. Vitaliti (Aġent) 1923
Mro Giuseppe Grech Mro Giuseppe Grech 1923-1924
Mro Eman. Bartoli (Aġent) Mro Eman. Bartoli (Aġent) 1924
Mro Giuseppe Stivala Mro Giuseppe Stivala 1925-1926
Mro Gius. Giardini Vella Mro Gius. Giardini Vella 1926-1951
Mro Anthony Sammut Mro Anthony Sammut 1948-1949
Mro V.  Ciappara (Aġent) Mro V. Ciappara (Aġent) 1948, 1951
Mro Ganni Vella Mro Ganni Vella 1951-1956, 1968-1970
Mro Angelo Pace Mro Angelo Pace 1956-1958
Mro Edgar Lowell Mro Edgar Lowell 1958-1968
Prof. Mro Joseph Vella Prof. Mro Joseph Vella 1970-