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September 20, 2019

Revamped Radio Hall organ makes debut

After one year of repair works, the Radio Hall’s organ was inaugurated in a special concert by celebrated British organist Jennifer Bate on Tuesday evening. The event was attended by a diverse audience that included First Lady Maria Basescu, pianist Dan Grigore, Foreign Intelligence Agency chief Mihai Razvan Ungureanu and TV star Geanina Corondan, according to Mediafax reports.

Bate’s concert was preceded by a short speech by Romanian Broadcasting Company head Maria Toghina, who voiced happiness that the organ, unique in the country and one of the largest in Europe, was ready to be used once more. She also thanked the government for financial support granted to repair works, which cost more than EUR 440,000.

Halfway through the concert, Bate stopped performing and told the audience there was a minor tuning problem, often seen in new instruments.

Ten minutes later, after addressing the issue, the British organist resumed her performance. The concert included works by Bach, Schumann, Liszt and many others.

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