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July 3, 2022

Celibidache Festival kicks off today

Serge Ioan Celibidache, the son of the great late conductor Sergiu Celibidache, in whose memory the first edition of an eponymous festival will be held this year, May 4 – July 7, said that, if the Enescu Festival sets out to bring the world of music to Romania, this event is keen on promoting Romania in the world. The “Sergiu Celibidache” Festival is held in the year that marks the 100th birthday anniversary of the renowned conductor, (UNESCO declared 2012 as the Celibidache Year) and is run by the eponymous foundation chaired by Celibidache’s. The conductor’s son attended yesterday’s press conference dedicated to the opening of the event, where he said that the “Sergiu Celibidache”  Festival will be held every two years, alternating with the “George Enescu” Festival, so that the two events complement each other.The festival’s first edition includes eight concerts, seven master-classes, three film projections, a photography exhibition, and several more events, says artistic director Mark Mast. On May 9, the National Bank of Romania will issue the “Sergiu Celibidache” commemorative and on June 28, the maestro’s birthday date, a bust statue will be unveiled at Roman, in front of the house where he was born. The concert series is opened  June 29, by the “Moldova” Philharmonic in Iasi, the city where Celibidache studied. The Festival will include a photography exhibition and documentary films about the maestro’s life. The symposium “About Celibidache” will be held at the Athenaeum, May 30.

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