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The first edition of the Athenaeum Summer Festival will take place over July 1-5 at the Romanian Athenaeum, being organized by the "George Enescu" Philharmonic, and it will include a concert where refugees from Ukraine are invited.
"Through this festival we want to open new bridges of music communication to a diverse audience, in order to bring it closer to the institution of the "George Enescu" Philharmonic and the symbol building of Romania, the Romanian Athenaeum. Symphonic, choral and chamber ensembles composed of philharmonic artists will present unique and very attractive programmes, which will include both famous classic works and also pieces of entertainment and film music. On July 2, a special concert will be performed, in Romania and Ukrainian, where there will be invited refugees from Ukraine," said Marin Cazacu, initiator of this festival and general director of the "George Enescu" Philharmonic, according to a press release sent to AGERPRES on Thursday.
The festival will be opened on July 1, at 7.00 pm, by the "George Enescu" Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bulgarian conductor Emil Tabakov, in the Great Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum.
The programme of the evening consists of the works: Peer Gynt - Suite no. 1, op. 46 by Edvard Grieg, Concerto in D minor for violin and orchestra, op. 47 by Jean Sibelius, with Italian violinist Vikram Sedona as soloist, and Symphony no. 4, in F minor, op. 36 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
On Saturday, July 2, at 12.00 pm, a concert for refugees from Ukraine will take place, with soloists of the Symphony Orchestra of the "George Enescu" Philharmonic (brass quintet, woodwind quintet and string quintet). Violinist Natalia Pancec and pianist Adriana Toacsen will perform "Melody" by Myroslav Skoryk.
The "George Enescu" Academic Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Iosif Ion Prunner, with soloists Celia Costea (soprano), Hector Lopez (tenor), Maria Bildea (harp) and Andrei Licaret, on piano, will perform on Sunday, July 3, at 7.00 pm, well-known works signed by Giuseppe Verdi, Alberto Ginastera, Astor Piazzolla, Francis Poulenc, Ennio Morricone, Vangelis, Gabriel Faure, Ariel Ramirez.
The Athenaeum String Orchestra, conducted by conductor Tiberiu Soare, and the Czech violinist Josef Spacek will perform in front of the audience on Monday, July 4, at 7 pm, "Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi, together with the Carmen Suite by Bizet/ Shchedrin.
On the last evening of the festival, Tuesday, July 5, the Athenaeum Wind Orchestra, conducted by Adrian Petrescu, with Daniel Crespo on trumpet, will present, from 7.00 pm, works by John Williams, Edward Elgar, Dmitri Shostakovich and Alexander Arutiunian.
The concerts can also be watched online by accessing the website www.fge.org.ro - "Calendar" section.
Access to the hall of the Romanian Athenaeum is allowed according to law. AGERPRES (RO - author: Daniel Popescu, editor: Florin Marin, EN - author: Cristina Zaharia, editor: Adina Panaitescu)
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