Taking place just two days after All Souls’ Day on the 4th November at 8pm, the crypt of the Parish Church of Żejtun, (designed by Lorenzo Gafà and dedicated to St Catherine of Alexandria) will still be decked in funereal paraphernalia of black damask and candles. The Żejtun crypt, with its barrel vault ceiling, is the largest in Malta’s diocese (even larger than that at St John’s Co-Cathedral). This unique underground venue will add a new dimension to a programme of 20th century a contemporary string quartets by Philip Glass, Alfred Schnitke, John Adams and Norma Beecroft. ‘String Quartets’ is organised in collaboration with the Parish Church of Żejtun.


Philip Glass

String Quartet No. 3 (Mishima)

1957-Award Montage

Blood Oath

Mishima / Closing

Norma Beecroft

Amplified String Quartet with tape

Alfred Schnittke 
String Quartet No.3

mov I Andante

mov II Agitato

John Adams

John’s Book of Alleged Dances

Alligator Escalator

Judah to the Ocean

Rag the Bone


 Zene Quartet

Vincenzo Picone, Klara Nazaj: violins

Ayako Omoto: viola

Akos Kertesz: cello

Modern Music Days is part of the Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme. Modern Music Days is organised by Teatru Manoel and the Malta Association for Contemporary Music with the support of the Ministry for Finance.