Saturday, December 7, 2019, at the Romanian Athenaeum, the first of the Cantus Mundi Christmas Galas took place, starting the series of national events which will eventually bring together over 5,000 kids in the whole country. The Cantus Mundi community manifestations dedicated to the winter holidays have a total of 14 events between December 7-22, in Bucharest, Iași, Baia Mare, Târgu Jiu, Sibiu, Ploiești, Deva, Bistrița, Buzău, Tulcea, Bacău, Amara, Pitești and Potlogi, Dâmbovița county, according to the press release received by the news room.
In the first event, in Bucharest, 30 choirs in 11 counties of the country sung on the superb stage of the Romanian Athenaeum for 6 hours. The Christmas songs and the choral compositions interpreted by the 1,200 choralists have connected the enthusiastic public in the Athenaeum with the special energy of this time of the year and also the 50,000 spectators watching the online transmission of the Christmas Gala, live on the social media channels of the Cantus Mundi Program.
“The national program Cantus Mundi comes with a lot of surprises this year. 14 Cantus Mundi Christmas galas are ongoing in the entire country in December, so our slogan – “We unite Romania through music” – becomes a resounding reality. It was an important year for us, we are getting close to 50,000 children in this music, childhood and emotion network and I believe that these are wonderful gifts that we can offer to the audience.” – stated Emil Pantelimon, the manager of the National Chamber Choir “Madrigal – Marin Constantin”
Starting this year, some instrumental ensembles have joined the Cantus Mundi December events, through an electrifying event of the Young Beats percussion band, coordinated by the well-known musician Zoli Toth. In this event, which takes place at the Romanian Athenaeum as well, Zoli Toth and Young Beats invited the young members of the “Consonance” choir, conducted by Lăcrămioara Pauliuc, but also the colleagues in the percussion section of Cantus Mundi, coordinated by Bogdan Pop. Young Beats, project initiated by Zoli Toth under the aegis of Cantus Mundi, already had remarkable results; in just one year, the young percussionists reached the performance of opening, together with their mentor, the Golden Stag International Festival.
“We have discovered a new musical dimension next to the Cantus Mundi Team. After a 30-year career, both on stage and in the classroom, I am discovering a new way of looking at music through these kids. Most of them do not have musical studies and that is why they have a freshness of musical perception, a fabulous enthusiasm, which motivates me to undertake bolder and bolder projects with them. – Zoli Toth, founder of Cantus Mundi, coordinator of the percussion section
“Madrigal-Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir invited their little disciples in the Cantus Mundi program to accompany them in the three Christmas concerts at the Romanian Athenaeum, in a closed circuit. To the delight of the public, at the end of the refined repertoire conceived by the conductor Anna Ungureanu, a moment of surprise and relaxation was provided by a few hundred children who have literally invaded with their presence, the childhood and the sound of their voices the august hall of the Romanian Athenaeum, singing already legendary carols for the Romanian public through the exceptional interpretation of the Madrigal. A superb union of generations, creating fabulous memories for these kids, solid cultural models and the joy of entering the magical world of music performed at excellence level.
“The Christmas galas give us one more reason to rejoice in the fact that, year to year, the numbers of our children and young ones are increasing, they are better and better prepared and more willing to be a part of the Cantus Mundi community. We hope that the 5,000+ voices which will resound in the 14 national galas would bring peace, hope and the winter holidays spirit in the souls of the listeners” – stated Leila Popovici, the Manager of the Cantus Mundi National Program.
The Cantus Mundi National Program is the largest social integration program through music in Romania, initiated in 2011 by the prestigious conductor Ion Marin and performed alongside members of the “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir. After 8 years of activity, Cantus Mundi National Program gathered over 1,400 choirs under its wings. Over 48,000 children, together with their conductors, are taking part to the promotion of choral singing in the entire country, overcoming the barriers related to ethnic groups, social status and physical or mental capacities, thus building the complex cultural nuclei so necessary for revitalizing our society.
„Madrigal – Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir is a hallmark or Romanian and universal musical life. From the moment it was founded, in 1963, by the conductor Marin Constantin (1925–2011), the Madrigal Choir had over 4,500 concerts applauded in the entire world, thus imposing itself as a true “national brand”. It is one of the global benchmarks of choral chamber music, with a repertoire oriented towards the European Renaissance, Byzantine music and Romanian and universal contemporary creations. In November 2016, „Madrigal – Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir was officially recognized as Ambassador of Freedom, Hope and Peace, receiving the “Jean Nussbaum and Eleanor Roosevelt” prize at the Palace of Nations in Geneva, within the Global Religion, Peace and Security Summit. In 2019, „Madrigal – Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir celebrated 56 years of uninterrupted activity, thus becoming one of the most longstanding choral ensembles.