to Michaela Tonitza
The body of Professor Michaela Tonitza Iordache, wife of famous Romanian actor Stefan Iordache, who died 18 months ago was laid in state at Tandarica Theatre yesterday. Colleagues, students and family friends came to pay their respects, among them director Dan Pita, actors Florina Cercel, Mircea Albulescu as well as former Romanian president Ion Iliescu. In the room, music sang by Tonitza’s husband was sounding. The professor was incinerated yesterday, and her urn will be brought to Gruiu Cemetery, besides Stefan Iordache. Michaela Tonitza Iordache, 67, former theatre professor and critic, died on Saturday. Her marriage with actor Stefan Iordache was an example of love and understanding, and after the artist’s passing in September 2008, Michaela Tonitza became sickly and afflicted. “I have known both of them very well,” recalls Ion Iliescu. “They were highly dedicated to art and culture but stayed simple, open people and very good friends.” The former chief of state also said that “after her husband’s death, she had lost the support and will to live.”
Iris frontman Minculescu, named ‘Artist of 2009’
Rock band Iris frontman Cristi Minculescu was awarded the ‘Artist of the year 2009’ trophy in the eighth edition of public broadcaster Radio Romania Actualitati’s Music Award Gala on Sunday evening. The prize was handed to the artist by Radio Romania general manager Maria Toghina, Agerpres reported. At the gala, a special prize was given to singer Nicolae Nitescu for his entire career. “After 58 years on the radio and 80 years of life, it is now my turn to get such an award. Many thanks to Radio Romania for promoting me and to the public for remembering me,” Nitescu said. Singer Andra left with two awards – best pop song for “Iubeste-ma astazi, iubeste-ma maine” (“Love Me Today, Love Me Tomorrow”) and best performer, an award she also claimed in last year’s award gala. Celebrated folk singer Vasile Seicaru also won two prizes – best folk album and ‘man with the guitar’ award, while Voltaj band claimed the awards for best pop-rock act and the best pop-rock album. Singer Inna and the recently set up Play & Win band left home with three trophies: best pop-dance song, best pop-dance act of 2009 and best composers. Paula Seling, who will represent Romania in this year’s Eurovision contest, was awarded the best pop album award for her record ‘Culeg vise’ (‘I Reap Dreams’). “This is the first album that’s entirely conceived by me, both music and lyrics. I worked for over six years. I hope it will continue to attract more listeners,” Seling said in her acceptance speech.
Cello artist to represent Romania in Eurovision Young Musicians
Cello performer Stefan Cazacu will represent Romania in this year’s edition of Eurovision Young Musicians, after winning the national selection on Sunday. In the contest hosted at the Athenaeum, the young soloist performed Friedrich Gulda’s Concerto for violin and orchestra. In the final there were also included five other musicians, pianist Ioan Dumitriu, drummer Andrei Voica, violin performer Ioana Cristina Goicea oboe musician Raymond Cinpoesu and pianist Elisabeta Zdralea. The gala also featured a recital from well-known dancer Razvan Mazilu. The winner will go to Vienna on May 14, competing against other young musicians from throughout Europe.