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For the first time ever, the Romania National Radio Orchestra will perform a concert at Chisinau’s National Palace, according to a press release cited by hotnews.ro. The concert is part of the 47th “March Charm” International Music Festival organized by the Moldovan Ministry of Culture, a traditional international event where major artists from Europe and Asia are invited every year. This year’s event emphasizes a prestigious anniversary celebration, namely the 85th anniversary of Radio Romania and the founding of the National Radio Orchestra, an occasion for evoking the Radio Chisinau regional station, the concert’s main media partner. The only Romanian public radio branch abroad, Radio Chisinau was inaugurated in October 1939 under the name Radio Bessarabia, and after a long interruption, it resumed broadcasting on December 1, 2011, as Radio Chisinau.The concert will be conducted by conductor Yuri Botnari of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, who is also a voting member of the Grammy Academy. He studied at the Sankt-Petersburg Conservatory and perfected his studies at the Moscow State Conservatory. Over the years, Yuri Botnari conducted several prestigious European symphonic orchestras. The link between Yuri Botnari and the project is a symbolical one: born in Chisinau, the conductor was raised into Romanian-Russian family, holds Romanian citizenship and has a rich artistic activity in Russia as well. The evening’s program includes three famous works representing an artistic bridge between Romanian and Russian music: Tchaikovsky – Symphony no 5, Rachmaninoff – Concert no 2 for piano and orchestra and Enescu –Romanian Rhapsody no 1. Pianist Vladimir Ovchinnikov is a special guest at the concert. Invited to perform in London before Queen Elizabeth II, and awarded by Vladimir Putin the title of People’s Artist of Russia, he performed with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, among which the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphonic Orchestra (the UK), the Royal Orchestra of Scotland, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Sankt Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra.