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George Enescu Festival tickets on sale April 15

Over 150 events are scheduled in Bucharest and several other Romanian cities (Arad, Bacau, Brasov, Cluj, Iasi, Oradea, Sibiu and Timisoara), part of the George Enescu International Festival, September 1-28, 2013.

Nearly 40,000 tickets will be up for sale starting April 15, 10.00 am for the 21st “George Enescu” International Festival, according to the festival web post, which says tickets can also be purchased online at www.eventim.ro, or at the Eventim offices in Bucharest, Cluj and Timisoara, or at any Eventim chain elsewhere in the country, but also on Eventim websites abroad and Eventim international networks.Organizers expect 80% of the tickets will have been purchased by the end of the first day they are put on sale, and those available online within the first 10 minutes since posting.

Most in demand tickets wise are expected to be the shows at the Romanian athenaeum and the concerts hosted by the Grand Palace Hall.This year’s George Enescu Festival offers a unique cultural mix aimed at showcasing the Romanian composer, along with other celebrated composers including Richard Wagner, Giuseppe Verdi and Benjamin Britten – all of them celebrated this– Schoenberg, Mahler, Beethoven etc. George Enescu’s works will be performed in Bucharest by such famous musicians and orchestras such as Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Staatskapelle Berlin, London Philharmonic, Münchener Philharmoniker, Royal Philharmonic London, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields.

This year’s program is up to par with those of other top international events of the kind, consolidating Romania’s position as host of one of the most important festivals worldwide. Among those to take to the stage at the festival,  conductors Daniel Barenboim and Mariss Jansons, pianists Radu Lupu, Murray Perahia, Pinchas Zuckerman, Maxim Vengerov and Evgeny Kissin. Well-known Romanian actor Marcel Iures will make his debut as a narrator alongside the George Enescu Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra in cantata “Gurre-Lieder”, an unprecedented musical production. This will also be a performance opportunity for orchestras and artists among whom Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin – to present Wagner’s Tetralogy for the first time in Bucharest in 50 years –  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic Of Russia, John Malkovich and Wiener Akademie, Harmonius Chamber Orchestra – Osaka; Vortice Dance Company.

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