On Sunday, March 3, starting at 18.00, the Romanian Athenaeum will host the Madrigal – Cantus Mundi Anniversary Gala, which marks 94 years since Conductor Marin Constantin’s birthday, 56 years of uninterrupted activity of the choir and 5 years since the Cantus Mundi National Program has been institutionalized. The event includes the traditional concert of the “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir, and for the first time, the “Marin Constantin Awards”, an homage distinction created in the memory of the master who founded the renowned choral ensemble in 1963. The tickets for the event are put on sale in the bilete.ro network.
“The ‘Marin Constantin Awards’ are a natural action, a sign of recognition of the merits of those who have an active contribution to the continuous development of the heritage left by this visionary musician. We’re speaking about a great cultural leader who turned a common noun into a proper noun, who turned a cultural product into a country brand and who understood that the most important resource of the society are the children whom we grow and educate, through culture”, stated Emil Pantelimon, the manager of the “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir.
The Madrigal – Cantus Mundi Anniversary Gala is dedicated to Master Marin Constantin, honoring the valuable heritage that he left to Romania – the prestigious “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir.
“The Madrigal – Cantus Mundi Anniversary Gala is a beautiful evocation of the artistic personality of our beloved master, Marin Constantin, the founder and conductor of the Madrigal Choir, as well as a celebration of the impressive evolution of the Cantus Mundi National Program. On this occasion, we propose a special format, along with the children from the Cantus Mundi choirs, a concert in which the sonorities that were dear to our master intertwine in an harmonious artistic way with the modern musicality which we developed with a young choir”, said Anna Ungureanu, the main conductor of the “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir.
The official launch of the new clothing of the Madrigal Choir, made by the stage designer Elena Gheorghe and inspired by Romania’s history of the last 100 years, will also take place at this event. The Madrigal Choir is a benchmark not only for his unique sonority, but also by the visual manner in which the ensemble appears before the audience.
The “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir is an emblem of the Romanian and universal musical life. Since it was founded in 1963 by conductor Marin Constantin (1925-2011), the Madrigal Choir held more than 4,500 concerts applauded by melomaniacs from all around the world, thus imposing itself as a real “country brand”. It is one of the world standards of the chamber choir music, with a repertory oriented to the European Renaissance, Byzantine music and contemporary Romanian and universal creation. In November 2016, the “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir was officially recognized as the Ambassador of Freedom, Hope and Peace, receiving the „Jean Nussbaum and Eleanor Roosevelt” Award at the United Nations Palace in Geneva, at the Global Summit on Religion, Peace and security. In 2018, the “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir celebrated 55 years of uninterrupted activity, thus becoming one of the most long-lasting choral ensembles.
Cantus Mundi National Program is the largest program for social integration through music in Romania, being initiated by the famous conductor Ion Marin and carried out with the support of the members of the “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir. After 8 years of activity, the Cantus Mundi National Program gathered more than 1,100 choirs under its umbrella. 40,000 children and their conductors participate in promoting the choral song all over the country, overcoming the barriers related to ethnicity, social condition or physical or mental capabilities, thus building complex cultural cores that are highly necessary for revitalizing our society.