On Saturday, March 30, the Cantus Mundi National Program marked the “Earth Hour” in 85 Romanian localities, by the joint voices of 25,000 people alongside the 12,000 children and youngsters determined to become active citizens of the planet through music. Under the aegis of Earth Hour 2019, more than 300 Cantus Mundi choirs got involved at national level, through music, in the largest voluntary environmental movement, thus adhering to a global community of more than 2 billion people.
The more than 30 songs of the Cantus Mundi collections dedicated to the “Earth Hour” echoed simultaneously in 33 counties: Alba, Arad, Argeș, Bacau, Bihor, Braila, Brasov, Bucharest, Buzau, Cluj, Constanta, Covasna, Dambovita, Dolj, Galati, Giurgiu, Hunedoara, Ialomita, Iasi, Ilfov, Maramures, Mures, Neamt, Olt, Prahova, Satu Mare, Sibiu, Suceava, Teleorman, Timis, Tulcea, Valcea and Vrancea.
“The Madrigal-Cantus Mundi team has achieved a new record. Joining children from 85 localities under the same roof and for the same purpose is a big challenge accomplished with a lot of enthusiasm. I am glad that more and more factors of the society understand how important musical education is in the civic development of the children and the only thing to do for me is to believe that soon we will reach the 4100 choirs which Romania needs. Cantus Mundi will change Romania through music!” stated Emil Pantelimon, the manager of the “Madrigal-Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir.
In Bucharest, the Cantus Mundi team gave the bucharesters the opportunity to spend the “Earth Hour” in four places: Mall promenade, the Comic Opera for Children, the “Tudor Arghezi – Martisor” memorial House and the Circus Park. More than 2000 spectators were present in the four places, where electricity was interrupted for one hour, and almost 1000 children supported nature through songs and special musical moments.
Starting from 8.00 PM, the Mall Promenada terrace turned into an “electrifying” stage for the Cantus Mundi percussion ensemble led by musician Zoli Toth, an “Earth Hour” ambassador in Romania since 2009 and a trainer of the Cantus Munid National Program. They performed alongside the 250 children of the Cantus Mundi choirs coordinated by Teodora Jaworski, who is a soloist of the “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir. Together, they made a very exciting show, succeeding to involve all the spectators in celebrating the “Earth Hour”. At 8.30 PM, the light was turned off in the mall and in the office buildings in its vicinity: Floreasca Business Park, The Lakeview, Sky Tower and Globalworth Tower. The show was organized in partnership with WWF Romania and Mall Promenada.
“10 years ago, I wouldn’t have thought that such an event could happen. It is even more special to me, since I participated in it together with my percussion ensemble that I am coordinating under the Cantus Mundi National Program. We are trying a different way of educating children, because they are the hope of the Romania of tomorrow. I am glad that music unites people again”, artist Zoli Toth stated.
At the Comic Opera for Children, other 250 Cantus Mundi choristers were excited and enthusiastic to welcome the audience. Visitors could celebrate the “Earth Hour” together, through a number of musical exercises and creative activities such as floor piano, the garden with bells, follow me sound tube or Folk on the roof.
The Circus Park hosted an exciting musical show held by 300 children and youngsters of the Cantus Mundi National Program, along with the students of the Gasca Chitara Grozavesti.
At the “Tudor Arghezi” Memorial House, the audience celebrated the “Earth Hour” in nature, in the beautiful Martisor Garden, murmuring along with the Cantus Mundi choirs known songs for children or folk songs from the brochure specially printed for this year’s celebration. Last but not least, Emanuel Pecingina, who is a member of the “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir, held a surprising recital, playing tubular bells and semantron, traditional percussion instruments often used in the concerts of the prestigious ensemble.
The 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 through the activity of the members of the “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir. After 8 years of activity, the Cantus Mundi National Program has gathered more than 1,170 choirs under its umbrella, amounting 40,000 children, who, along with their conductors, participate in promoting the choral singing throughout the country, overcoming the barriers related to ethnicity, social status and physical or mental abilities, thus building complex cultural cores which are so necessary for the revitalization of our society.