Since 1999 until today, the International Festival “Enescu si muzica lumii” (“Enescu and the Music of the World” – e.n.) suggests a more and more complex program for those who spend their summer holiday in Sinaia. This year’s edition will last more than five weeks, and its program will be called “Orchestre Europene de Tineret omagiaza Romania” (“European Youth Orchestras Render Homage to Romania” – e.n.).
The festival’s 19th edition will take place between July 24 and September 2, 2018, in Sinaia and Brasov, and its program will include no less than 23 concerts and recitals, the main ones being hosted by the splendid hall of the Casino in Sinaia, on which occasion hundreds of Romanian and foreign musicians can be listened and seen.
Through this year’s program, the organizers of the International Festival “Enescu si muzica lumii” wish to confirm that after 19 years of existence, the event has become the most important platform to form and promote the young Romanian musicians.
Being organized by the Sinaia Municipality and the National Art Center “Tinerimea Romana” – benefiting, this year, from the presence of the Project of the Centenary Year European Youth Orchestras Render Homage to Romania -, having cellist and professor Marin Cazacu as initiator and Artistic Manager, the International Festival “Enescu si muzica lumii” brings to Sinaia no less than 8 orchestras, consisting of young and very young musicians. The four Romanian orchestras to perform at this edition – The National Symphonic Orchestra of Romania, the Romanian Youth Orchestra, Romanian Sinfonietta and the Romania-Moldova Youth Orchestra, are part of the educational program The National Youth Orchestras of Romania, consisting of exceptional musicians of three categories of age, and will perform in different evening, after the end of the training sessions corresponding to each concert.
The National Symphonic Orchestra of Romania will perform on July 24 at the opening of the festival, under the baton of Cristian Macelaru, being followed by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Romanian Sinfonietta and the Čhavorenge Choir of Children, on July 26. The Romanian Youth Orchestra, conducted by Cristian Mandeal, can be listened at the Sinaia Casino on August 7, and it program will include works by Dediu, Brahms and Shostakovich, which will be resumed in various versions in Bucharest, at the “Vara magica” Festival, in Berlin at the “Young Euro Classics” Festival, and in Dobbiacco, Italy, at the “Alto Adige” festival. The fourth Romanian appearance if the Romania-Moldova Youth Orchestra conducted by Horia Andreescu, which will perform on August 14 in Sinaia, its program including Grieg, Porumbescu, Dimitrescu, Bartok, Doga and Tchaikovsky; it will be resumed on August 15 in Bucharest, at the Athenaeum.
In the context of the Project of the Centenary Year European Orchestras Render Tribute to Romania, the Casino Hall from Sinaia will host concerts performed by orchestras from all over Europe: on Wednesday, August 1, at 19.00, the National Youth Orchestra of Germany conducted by Elias Grandy, will perform works by Haydn, Bruckner, Messiaen and Hindemith, while on Thursday, August 2, the National Youth Orchestra of Spain conducted by Pablo Gonzalez, soloist Asier Polo – cello, will present a program that includes works by Joaquin Turina, Bartok and R. Strauss. Close to the end of the festival, on Tuesday, August 21, the program of Wiener Jeunesse Orchester conducted by Herbert Bock, soloist Stefan Dohr – horn, will include works by de Leonard Bernstein, Herbert Willi and Anton Bruckner; the closing of the “Enescu si muzica lumii” Festival will consist of two concerts, on Saturday, September 1, in Brasov, at Patria Hall, and on Sunday, September 2, in Sinaia, at the Casino Hall, at 19.00, held by the National Youth Orchestra of France conducted by Fabien Gabel, soloist Nicolas Dautricourt – violin, with a program alternating works by Ravel, Bartok, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Debussy. The members of this orchestra will perform in Sinaia also in various chamber formulas, such as WJO chamber ensemble, or French Chamber Ensemble.
Therefore, in Sinaia, between July 24 and September 2, the Casino Hall and not only, will host 23 symphonic concerts and splendid chamber evenings under the sign of “Enescu and the Music of the World”, will be agreeable leisure opportunities for the inhabitants of the city and for those who will be spending their holiday on Prahova Valley.
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