Maestro Gheorghe Zamfir celebrated 50 years of music career at the Romanian Athenaeum


Maestro Gheorghe Zamfir on Saturday evening celebrated at the Romanian Athenaeum 50 years of music career, together with numerous friends, such as actor Dan Puric, Nicolae Licaret or Vlad Mirita, Agerpres informs. The show lasted for three hours and included Romanian folk songs, international songs and compositions of great classics. Gheorghe Zamfir performed alongside his guests, remembered how he composed some of his works and he even received an award during the event.
When invited to speak about the personality of Gheorghe Zamfir, actor Dan Puric reminded about the legend of the Pan God, whom is said to have invented the pan flute. Puric also told how, during one of his many concerts, Gheorghe Zamfir performed using a broken pan flute and how he was strongly applauded at the end, when the public was finally able to discover his huge effort.
Gheorghe Zamfir opened his show in the company of Nicolae Licaret, the two musicians performing together the Romanian folk song entitled ‘Mocirita cu trifoi’, followed by Gheorghe Zamfir’s composition, ‘Doina de jale’ (also known as ‘The Light of Experience’). The artist also revealed how he composed this song during his student years. In time, he confessed, ‘Doina de jale’ became like a prayer dedicated to his mother, Elisabeta Zamfir.
The collection of awards Gheorghe Zamfir gained as a musician, displayed in the foyer of the Atheneum, was completed by an exhibition of caricatures belonging to Stefan Popa Popa’s, which people had the chance to admire during the break of the show entitled ‘Zamfir – 50 Years on Stage.’ During the Gala, the people in the audience had the chance to listen to Romanian folk songs, including ‘Ciocarlia’ (‘The Skylark’), the ‘KV488’ work by Mozart, the Romanian folk song ‘O moarte ce ti-as plati’ adapted and interpreted by Grigore Lese and also other songs that belong to the world music culture, such as ‘El condor pasa’, ‘Memory’ by Andrew Lloyd Webber or ‘Ave Maria.’ The guests and Gheorghe Zamfir were accompanied by the ‘Zamfir 50’ Symphonic Orchestra and the chamber choir ‘Accoustic’, under the baton of conductor Daniel Jinga.

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