Romania’s National Day, celebrated in the great cities of the world

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Vienna

On Thursday, November 30, the “Transilvania” State Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Alexandra Dariescu will hold an extraordinary concert at the Great Hall of Musikverein, under the baton of Gabriel Bebeselea. The event will be organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute in Vienna, in cooperation with the Romanian Embassy in Austria, and it will open the series of the cultural events dedicated to the Centenary of the Great Union.

This presence on the imposing Viennese stage is an exceptional one. After the World War II, Musikverein’s Great Hall hosted only one concert of a Romanian orchestra: Bucharest Philharmonic and soloist Ion Voicu performed in 1961 the Suite no.1 for orchestra in C Major Op.9 by George Enescu, conducted by George Georgescu. In 1941, Dinu Lipatti held other two concerts in the Musikverein’s Golden Hall.

Being a graduate of the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy, Gabriel Bebeselea followed the master courses of the National Music University in Bucharest later, and he currently is a PhD student of the same institution, under Dan Dediu’s coordination. He also followed the master courses of Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. Collaborations in the near future include concerts with Konzerthausorchester Berlin, SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Russian National Philharmonic, “Evgeny Svetlanov” Russian State Academic Orchestra, Ulter Orchestra, Philharmonic of Zagreb, Ucranian National Opera, Macedonian Philharmonic, Würth Philharmoniker, National Radio Orchestra of Bucharest, “George Enescu” Philharmonic and debuts at Konzerthaus Berlin and Müpa Budapest with its old music ensemble Musica Ricercata.

From Royal Albert Hall in London to Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and to Carnegie Hall in New York, the young pianist  Alexandra Dariescu is praised by International Piano Magazine, BBC Music Magazine or by Forbes magazine and celebrated by audience and critics all over the world; her discography includes three solo CDs and two CDs with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, respectively with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2013, Alexandra Dariescu became the first Romanian pianist who performs at Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Being the youngest musician who received the Crown Custodian Medal, Alexandra is a “Special Ambassador of Romania”, being the holder of a diplomatic passport and performing in the entire Europe, in South America, North America, South Africa and Asia. Being dedicated to the educational and charity projects, Alexandra Dariescu supported the fundraising of more than £500,000 for the program Young Talents in Romania, Goodwill Children’s Homes, Ataxia, Hospices of Hope in Great Britain and Children of the Andes in Columbia. Alexandra is a member of the Adept Foundation Council, organizing the first edition of the Transilvania Festival in London in the presence of HRH Prince Charles. She is an Honorary Artist of the Royal Conservator in Manchester and the president of the Music in Lyddington Foundation in Great Britain.

The concert dedicated to the National Day of Romania was also held in Cluj on November 26, at the Hall of the Academic College.

Luxembourg

Romania’s National Day was celebrated in Luxembourg through a homage concert dedicated to the legendary Maria Tanase, performed by soloist Oana Catalina Chitu and her ensemble. The concert “Divine: Omagiu Mariei Tanase” (“Divine: Homage to Maria Tanase” – e.n.) organized by the Romanian Embassy in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, in cooperation with the Romanian Cultural Institute in Brussels, was held on Tuesday, November 28, at the Neumünster Abbey. The location, which is a landmark on the Luxembourg’s cultural map, has a special meaning for Romania and its European membership. This is the place where the Treaty of Accession of Romania to the European Union was signed, under the Luxembourg presidency of the EU Council, at an official ceremony, in April 2005.

The concert was attended by Luxembourg officials, diplomats and representatives of the Romanian community in Luxembourg. Oana Catalina Chitu (vocals), accompanied by Dejan Jovanovic (accordion), Veaceslav Anton (violin) and Marcel Comendant (dulcimer), enjoyed the audience with songs in the repertoire of the beloved Maria Tanase, who was also called “Romania’s Edith Piaf”. Songs like “Cine iubeste si lasa”, “Aseara ti-am luat basma”, “Trenule, masina mica”, “Marie si Marioara” and the well-known refrains of the old Bucharest “Cantec lautaresc” and “Mana, birjar!” recreated the bohemian ambiance of the interwar Little Paris.

Oana Catalina Chitu interprets the Romanian tangos with an original vocal stamp, with jazz, swing and flamenco influences. The soloist studied piano, jazz and canto in Berlin, where she established in the 1990s. Known to the general public with the album “Bucharest Tango” (Asphalt Tango Records, 2008), the artist’s discography incudes the anniversary album “Divine” (Asphalt Tango Records, 2013), dedicated to the centenary of Maria Tanase’s birthday (1913-1963).

“I began to sing when I was very little, in the school choir and in the church choir. I grew up home with the heart-breaking interwar romances sung by my father, who had a fantastic voice. But the first person that I heard mentioning Maria Tanase was my mother, who was singing her songs from time to time, telling me about her. I can’t describe how much Maria Tanase’s voice has shaken me. I left in Germany in 1991, and Berlin is the place where I became and developed myself as an artist, but the music of my first years followed me everywhere. Regardless of the places where I sang, either German or Singapore, I took with me the song from home and a serious part of longing. Every concert is a much-awaited joy, I am glad to offer a part of the longing for home to the foreign people” Oana Catalina Chitu stated for ICR Brussels.

 New York

On the occasion of the National Day of Romania, the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) New York organizes today, November 29, at Weill Recital Hall – Carnegie Hall, an exceptional recital held by the famous soprano Andreea Soare, soloist of the National Opera in Paris, accompanied by pianist Yoan Hereau. The program includes Romanian lieders and arias (compositions by Brediceanu, Dendrino, Stephanescu, among others), as well as belonging to the international repertoire (works by Mozart, Puccini, Liszt).

Andreea Soare is a member of the Lyrical Workshop of the National Opera in Paris. Her repertoire is extremely varied, including roles such as Fiordiligi – Cosi fan tutte, Maddalena – La Resurrezione de Handel, Sandrina – La Finta Giardiniera, Silvia – L’isola Disabitata, Clarice – Il mondo della luna, Donna Elvira – Don Giovanni, First Lady – Die Zauberflöte, Pamina – The Magic Flute, The Countess – Figaro’s Wedding.

Yoan Hereau regularly performs as a pianist, both in his own recitals and with the orchestra or with chamber ensembles. He worked with conductors like Philippe Jourdan, Marc Minkowski, Daniel Harding or Philippe Herreweghe, in France, at the Paris Opera, Cité de la Musique, Théâtre des Champs-Elysees or Teatrul Châtelet, as well as abroad. He participated in making numerous opera productions (Aliados, by Sebastian Rivas, La Passion de Simone, by Kaija Saariaho, Thanks To My Eyes, by Oscar Bianchi, Mitsou, by Claire-Mélanie Sinnhuber, and Paraboles, by Noel Lee).

Sarajevo

The Romanian Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Romanian Cultural Institute in Vienna celebrated the National Day of Romania through a concert performed by the ALEGRETTO Choir. The concert was held on November 27 at the Amphitheater Hall of the UNITIC complex in Sarajevo. Works from the Romanian folklore and compositions in English, Greek, Serbian, Hungarian, Russian, Italian, Hebrew, and French languages have been performed.

The vocal group ALLEGRETTO was founded in 1974 at the National Children’s Palace in Bucharest. ALLEGRETTO band has performed 55 international tours and has participated in over 50 contests and festivals where it has won numerous awards. Throughout its artistic activity, the choir has performed shows and concerts in the country and abroad. The members of the choir performed on famous stages such as the National Opera of Athens (Greece), the stage of the Tognolo Theater, Venice and Bari (Italy), BBC studios (England), Morocco, Jordan, Russia, Republic of Moldova, Mongolia, Warsaw National Opera (Poland), Nancy (France), Istanbul, Izmir and Antalya (Turkey), Macedonia, the Odessa Opera (Ukraine), they sang in numerous schools and kindergartens and organized shows in hospitals and nursing homes – for fundraising and charity actions. In 2006, the ALLEGRETTO Choir won the Silver Medal and the title of World Vice Champion at the World Olympics of Children’s Choirs in Hong Kong.

The ALLEGRETTO choir, prepared and led by Prof. Adriana Codreanu and Gherasim Radu Chirita, has a repertoire of over 84 songs and more than 70 songs in the mastering stage – prepared for shows occasioned by various events to which they are invited to perform their recital in about 16 foreign languages (English, French, Spanish, Russian, German, Arabic, Hungarian, Swedish, Hebrew, Polish, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Greek, Romani).

Minsk

The Romanian Embassy in Belarus, in partnership with ICR, organized a recital of the famous duo Remus Azoitei (violin) and Eduard Stan (piano) on November 21 in Minsk. The public and cultural diplomacy event marked the National Day of Romania and, on the other hand, celebrated the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the bilateral diplomatic relations between Romania and the Republic of Belarus. The evening program included a selection of masterpieces signed by Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy and Camille Saint-Saëns, and Sonata no. 3 for violin and piano in A minor, op. 25 “in Romanian folk style” by George Enescu.

The concert was held in the Great Hall of the State Philharmonic, in cooperation with the National Academy of Music and was followed, on November 22, by a public course of craftsmanship held by the two musicians at the Academy of Music, with a thematic approach of George Enescu’s life and work.

Romanian violinist Remus Azoitei was a soloist of famous ensembles such as: Berlin Kammer Orchester, Orchestre National de Belgique or Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France.  He concerted in prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salle Cortot Paris, Konzerthaus Berlin, St-Martin-in-the-Fields and Wigmore Hall in London, Teatro La Fenice Venice, Auditorio Nacional Madrid or Konzerthaus Viena. He has participated in music festivals in Tokyo, Cambridge, London, Berlin, Heidelberg and Santander.

Pianist Eduard Stan, founder of the George Enescu Festival in Heidelberg/Mannheim in 2005, has performed numerous concerts in Europe and the United States in renowned concert halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Konzerthaus and Philharmonie in Berlin, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Salle Cortot in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Lussemburgo Philharmonie, Palais des Beaux Arts and Flagey in Brussels, Prague Rudolfinum, Gasteig in Monaco, Musikhalle in Hamburg, Konserthus in Stockholm, Queen’s Hall in Copenhagen and the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

For the past fifteen years Eduard Stan has developed a successful artistic duo with violinist Remus Azoitei. Together, they recorded George Enescu’s complete works for violin and piano.

Istanbul

The “Dimitrie Cantemir” Romanian Cultural Institute in Istanbul, in cooperation with the “Tinerimea Romana” National Art Center and the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, are preparing an exceptional National Day. On December 5, 2017, in Istanbul, at 20.00, in the great hall of spectacles of the Cemal Resit Rey Center, the Romanian Youth Orchestra enters the stage, under the musical direction of Maestro Cristian Mandeal, with soloist Ioana Goicea (Anghelescu), playing violin.

The concert program includes extremely valuable Romanian works, as well as compositions from the world’s repertoire, such as Gioacchino Rossini – The Barber of Seville Overture; Ciprian Porumbescu – Ballad for violin and orchestra; Antonin Dvorak – Slav Dance op.46, no.8; George Enescu – Rhapsody op.11, no.2 in D Major; Johannes Brahms – Hungarian Dance no.5; Camille Saint Saens – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, op.28; Aram Hachaturian – Adagio from the Spartacus ballet; Sabin Pautza – Russian Medley; Johann Strauss – Imperial Waltz.

Orchestra Romana de Tineret – spirit enescian si traditie europeana” (“Romanian Youth Orchestra – Enescu’s Spirit and European Tradition” – e.n.) was founded in 2008 at the initiative of violinist Marin Cazacu and conductor Cristian Mandeal, with the support of the “Prietenii Muzicii – Serafim Antropov” Foundation and of “Lanto Communication”. The name of the ensemble has quickly become a reference name on national and international stages, bringing together valuable young artists from across the country. Over 100 young instrumentalists (violin, cello, contrabass, clarinet, trumpet, viola, bassoon, trombone, tube, saxophone, harp, piano, percussion) are members of the ensemble. Following successful concerts on the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum, of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company and of the Palace Hall, they participated in the 2011 in the “George Enescu” International Festival, as well as in the official opening of the first edition of the “Sergiu Celibidache” International Festival. Other notable international concerts were held in Paris, Strasbourg, Rome, Berlin etc. Also, as a recognition of outstanding artistic merits, in 2011, the Romanian Youth Orchestra became a member of the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras – EFNYO.

The first winter days also bring to Istanbul two exceptional choral concerts. The Vlahos Group, by the support of the Romanian Orthodox Community of Istanbul and ICR Istanbul, will sing Byzantine carols on Saturday, December 2, 2017, starting at 20.00, at St. Anthony Cathedral, on Istiklal Blvd., the main pedestrian street of the metropolis, then on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 12.00, on the occasion of the National Day of Romania, the musicians will delight their audience with a vast repertoire at the Orthodox Church Sf. Mucenita Paraschieva in Istanbul.

The “VLAHOS” Group was formed on the initiative of Pr. Deacon Dumitru Gabor, who also signs the musical leadership, being a new ensemble, but consisting of people with a rich and long experience in music. The musicians have been invited many times to perform concerts or to give responses at the pew across the country, at various monasteries and churches, and abroad, in Greece, Mount Athos and Bulgaria. The group approaches both religious and secular songs, thus capitalizing the musical diversity of the Romanian space. The repertoire that VLAHOS prepares for the carols concert includes both Byzantine carols and Carols from different parts of Romania.

Warsaw

Foto www.dinulipatti.org, ICR Varşovia

The Romanian Cultural Institute invites you to a violin and piano recital with a double significance: the commemoration of the Romanian pianist, composer and teacher Dinu Lipatti, on the 100th anniversary of his birthday, and the celebration of the National Day of Romania. The recital will take place in Warsaw on December 2, starting at 18:00, at the Palace on the Island (Palac na Wyspie), and will be held by violinist Diana Jipa and pianist Stefan Doniga. The program includes mainly works by Dinu Lipatti, to which will be added some other Romanian creations composed by George Enescu, Paul Constantinescu, Vasile Filip and Vlad Baciu.

Violinist Diana Jipa, a graduate of the National Music University in Bucharest, performed recitals in Romania, Greece, Italy, Czech Republic, Ireland, Germany, Russia, Belgium, Netherlands, South Korea. She represented Romania at the concert organized in Brussels on the occasion of the signing of the Treaty of Accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the European Union in 2005.

Pianist Stefan Doniga has performed recitals and concerts on stages from Romania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Austria, Slovakia, Norway, South Korea, France, Poland, Italy. His stage performances were solo appearances or chamber partnerships with outstanding names of the Romanian musical life: cellist Marin Cazacu, flutist Ion Bogdan Stefanescu, violinists Florin Croitoru and Stefan Horvath, sopranos Irina Iordachescu, Iulia Isaev,  Sorina Munteanu, etc. Ştefan Doniga is the only Romanian pianist who has recorded the integral of the piano mazurkas by Alexandr Skriabin, a record made at a concert at the Romanian Athenaeum and repeatedly broadcasted by the German radio station WDR 3, via the European Radio Union.

Chisinau

The Embassy of Romania in the Republic of Moldova and the “Mihai Eminescu” Romanian Cultural Institute in Chisinau, in cooperation with the “Sergei Lunkevich” National Philharmonic, organized on November 28 a vocal-symphonic concert dedicated to the National Day of Romania.

The concert took place at the Sergei Lunkevich National Philharmonic and was held by: Cristina Mandrean (soprano), Oxana Rudchina (mezzo-soprano), Alexandru Vinocurov (tenor), Veaceslav Buza (bass), “Doina” Academic Choral Chapel, conducted by Ilona Stepan, and the Symphonic Orchestra of the “Sergei Lunkevich” National Philharmonic under the baton of conductor Mihai Agafita. Romanian violinist Francesco Ionascu was the special guest.

Until the age of 25, Francesco Ionascu held over 100 concerts as a soloist with prestigious orchestras from Romania and abroad: London Schubert Players, Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra, Bucharest “George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra, etc. He also performed numerous concerts abroad: in England, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Hungary. He has won over 25 national and international competitions.

Beijing

Between November 24 and 28, 2017, ICR Beijing organized the event called “Muzica si joc romanesc la Beijing” (“Romanian Music and Dance in Beijing” – e.n.). The event, which is dedicated to Romania’s National Day, the first one in the series of actions dedicated to the Centenary of the Great Union, took place at ICR Beijing, at the Faculty of Musical Pedagogy and at the Dongcheng District City Hall.

On November 24, 2017, the Opening of the Romanian Traditional Object Exhibition took place at the Beijing institute’s headquarters, as well as the Recitation of the poem called “Hora Unirii” by Vasile Alecsandri in Romanian and Chinese languages, the Recital of “AUD Band” and the Romanian Popular Dances presented by the artistic group “The Beijing Lovers of Romanian National Song and Dance”. The Romanian traditional objects exhibition consists of pieces from the Cucuteni Culture, Romanian blouse, female Romanian popular costume from the Argeş area, and other specific elements for our tradition. The exhibition is open from November 24, 2017 to January 14, 2018.

On Monday, November 27, “AUD Band” held a performance at the Faculty of Musical Pedagogy, and another performance was held on Tuesday, November 28, at the Cultural Center of the Dongcheng District City Hall, followed by the recitation of the poem “Hora Unirii” in Romanian and Chinese languages and by the presentation of the Romanian popular dances performed by the artistic group “The Beijing Lovers of Romanian National Song and Dance”.

The program of the performances held by “AUD Band” is made of traditional Romanian songs, their own songs with Romanian motifs, as well as original songs, their own compositions. Having an activity lasting for 8 years in the Romanian musical landscape, “AUD Band” excels in approaching different styles (jazz, symphonic, oriental, Balkan, etc.), gathered into an original compositional vision: the surprising mix of styles and rhythms is made in a solid structure of the songs composed by Laurentiu Gondiu.

London

The traditional gala recital dedicated to the National Day of Romania organized by ICR London on December 7 will be held by Andreea Soare, one of the rising stars of the National Opera in Paris. The irresistible soprano, whose appearance in the show “Così fan Tutte” at the Garsington Opera Festival was appreciated as “wonderful, honest, showing a rich vocal range”, will be accompanied by the passionate tenor Florin Guzga from the National Opera in Iasi, one of the best voices of the Romanian stage of this kind, and by the pianist Philip Richardson. The program includes famous duets from the works of Mozart, Puccini and Verdi, as well as lieder by Pier Francesco Tosi, Tiberiu Brediceanu, George Stephanescu, Francisc Poulenc, and of course George Enescu. The concert will be followed by a reception. The event is presented in partnership with the Romanian Embassy in London and is part of the “Enescu Concerts” Series.

Source: www.icr.ro