The 20th edition of one of the most appreciated classical music events in Europe, George Enescu Festival 2011, starts on September 1, in Bucharest, Romania.
Its new brand, Magic Exists, features distinguished, stylish events, classical music, contemporary melodies, and modern echoes of traditional music, folk, tango, soul and jazz.
Most of the festival series are premieres: Great Orchestras of the World, Recitals and Chamber Music, By Midnight (midnight concerts), World Music, Opera and Ballet, 21st Century Music, Enescu and His Contemporaries.
George Enescu Festival 2011 also features George Enescu International Competition and concerts outside Bucharest, in Busteni, Arad, Cluj, Sibiu, Targu-Mures, Craiova, Iasi, Timisoara.
In Bucharest the events are held at the Romanian Athenaeum, Palace Hall, Radio Hall, National Opera, National Theatre, National University of Music and Festival’s Square (Revolution Square).
The Residentie Orkest (with Christian Badea) will open George Enescu Festival 2011 on Thursday, September 1, at the Grand Palace Hall.
The Hague Philharmonic will perform George Enescu‘s Symphony no. 1 and Dmitri Shostakovitch’s Symphony no. 10. The concert starts at 19:30 local time (16:30 UTC) and it will be streamed live on the Internet. The web cast will be available on www.tvr.ro/festivalenescu/. The concert will also be broadcasted live by the Romanian National Televison. TVR1, TVR Cultural, TVR HD and TVR International will simulcast the first part, while the second part will be aired by TVR HD and TVR Cultural at 20:30 (17:30 UTC).
The Residentie Orkest has perform its first concert in 1904 and since then it has become one of the Netherlands’ major symphony orchestras.
Christian Badea, Romanian opera and symphonic conductor, studied at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg (with Herbert von Karajan) and at the Juilliard School of Music in New York (with Leonard Bernstein). He has conducted Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, La Orquesta Nacional de España, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra.
Orchestre National de France (with Daniele Gatti) performing Brahms’ Tragic ouverture Enescu’s Concertante Symphony for cello and orchestra, Debussy’s Ibéria and Ravel’s Boléro will close George Enescu Festival 2011 on September 25.
George Enescu Festival 2011 is the 20th edition of an event started in 1958.