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Philharmonic season opens with Gustav Mahler commemoration

The 2011-2012 season of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic opens today at the Grand Hall (7 to 9pm) with an extraordinary concert meant to mark 100 years since the passing of the great Austrian composer and conductor Gustav Mahler (1860-1911). Symphony no. 9 is the latest opus by Mahler to join Symphonies no. 2 (conductor Jin Wang), no. 5 (conductor Horia Andreescu), no. 6 and no. 3 (conductor Camil Marinescu), already offered to Bucharest music-lovers in last year’s season, in what was a true tour de force by the country’s first and oldest philharmonic orchestra. Symphony no. 9, written between 1909 and 1910, is the last completed by the composer (there is also a Symphony no. 10, which remained incomplete).

The conductor of tonight’s concert is Camil Marinescu, an internationally acclaimed conductor trained in the Romanian musical school. He started his career at the Bucharest National Opera and went on to make a name for himself across Europe, in the United States of America and all the way to Japan, where the artist now lives.

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