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The cello, the harp, and the emotions – cello and Celtic harp concert for the winter holidays

On Wednesday, December 11th, at 7:30 pm, the “St. Joseph” Cathedral in Bucharest will host a concert titled “The cello, the harp, and the emotions” organised by the Embassy of Spain in Bucharest, with support from the Association for Music, Arts, and Culture and from George Enescu National Museum. The concert will be held by Spanish musician Pedro Bonet (cello) and Romanian artist Roxana Moişanu (Celtic harp).

This show, organised for the winter holidays, intends to emphasise the harmony of the two instruments merging, highlighting their ability to sensitise and transmit emotions, experiences and feelings to the audience.

Free entrance, while seats are available.

This will be an opportunity for the audience to listen to Spanish musician Pedro Bonet playing Cello suite nº 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach, marked by bold harmonics for that time and polyphonies that create the feeling of hearing multiple instruments at once. This will be followed by the Solo Cello Suite by Spanish composer Gaspar Cassadó, an emotional yet happy part, with an enhanced rhythmical component, followed by the Sacher Variations for Solo Cello by the famous Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski.

By means of the harp parts selected for this show, Roxana Moişanu wants to take us on an imaginary trip across seven centuries of music, taking the listeners through majestic sonorities from all over Europe: Spain, Germany, Italy, France and Romania. The recital commences with Spanish works of the 13th century: Cantigas de Santa María, a collection of songs dedicated to the Virgin Mary. “Cantigas” were sung by choruses, solo singers with castanets or tambourines.

Bransle de la Torche is part of the volume of French instrumental dances named “Terpsichore”. Michael Praetorius, the German composer and organist, named this volume according to the Greek muse of dance, generally depicted seated and holding a lyre, playing her music to dance assemblies.

Il Bianco fiore is a Renaissance dance composed by Cesare Negri. The dance is part of the collection Le gratie d´amore published in 1602. The work Ribambelle #5 / Carol of the Bells, written by Megan Metheney, is actually a musical juxtaposition between the Ribambelle #5 composed by Bernard Andrès and Carol of the bells, composed by Mikola Leontovici, a Ukrainian composer.

The Celtic harp recital ends with Transylvanian saltation and round dances by Ioan Căianu, in an arrangement for Celtic harp by Roxana Moişanu.

The evening will end with an adapted work for cello and Celtic harp, the Siciliana, erroneously attributed to the Austrian-born composer and pianist Maria Theresia von Paradis. According to the latest discoveries, the work is composed by the Polish-born American cello player Samuel Dushkin.

 

PEDRO BONET – cello

 

Starts studying cello from an early age under the guidance of Prof. María Lopes da Cunha and continues musical training at “Federico Moreno Torroba” centre in Madrid.

In 2018 he is the winner of the 7th edition of the String Competition in Vigo, cello specialisation, and the 1st Award (higher category) in “Melómano” Competition. In 2017 he was chosen to participate in “Witold Lutoslawski” International Competition in Warsaw and the 89th edition of the “Juventudes Musicales” String Competition.

He works with the “La Folía” baroque music assembly and is part of the ul “Euphoria” trio and “KG” cello octet. He had concerts with the Madrid Symphonic Orchestra and played live, as a guest, in multiple shows at the Spanish public radio station (Radio Nacional de España).

 

ROXANA MOIŞANU – Celtic harp

 

An alumnus of “George Enescu” Music High Schoole, class of Prof. Ioana Brustur, and a graduate of the Bucharest National Music University, class of Ion Ivan Roncea, PhD, and Elena Ganțolea (chamber music).

In 1997 she received the “Excellence Award of the Union of Interpreters, Choreographers and Music Experts”. In 2002, she made her debut as a soloist with the Ploieşti Philharmonic Orchestra under the guidance of conductor Ilarion Ionescu Galaţi. In the same year, she contributed to the recording of soundtrack for “Youth without Youth”, made by Francis Ford Coppola. Starting with 2010, Roxana Moişanu has recitals for professional Celtic harp, as well.

She established the Romanian Harpists Association (RHA) in 2016, also becoming the co-organiser for the Bucharest Harp Festival, together with the Bucharest National University of Music.

In 2018, she becomes the official correspondent of Romania and the Republic of Moldova, for the official publication of the World Harp Congress.

Currently, Roxana is an instrument artist and head of the harp section of the Bucharest National Opera Orchestra, where she had been working for almost 20 years.

 

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