Romanian Youth Orchestra, concert “145 years since the birth of Constantin Brâncuşi”

Romanian Youth Orchestra and Monica Bejenaru. Photo: Virgil Oprina
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“When I listen to you as you say to them, Mary, I would be able to carve a Master Bird for every song of ours.”

Romanian Youth National Art Center, in partnership with National Art Museum of Romania, under the patronage Ministry of Culture, announces an extraordinary event presented to the public on radio and TV, being co – producers Tyr and Radio Romania.

The extraordinary anniversary concert “145 years since the birth of the great sculptor Constantin Brâncuşi” will be broadcast on February 19th on Radio Romania Muzical, from 15.30 and on TVR 3 from 21. The event will bring in front of the public Romanian Youth Orchestra, directed by Cristian Mandeal, soloist Monica Bejenaru – voice and Simina Croitoru – violin, with a completely unusual program, illustrated with images of Brâncuşi’s works from National Art Museum of Romania.

Romanian Youth Orchestra and Simina Croitoru. Photo: Virgil Oprina

Marin Cazacu, the manager of the National Art Center “Romanian Youth”, said, at rehearsals: “This unique project started from Constantin Brâncuși’s love for Romanian folk music. The Romanian Youth Orchestra, together with the maestro Cristian Mandeal and the soloists Monica Bejenaru and Simina Croitoru, will perform the folk songs most appreciated by the great Romanian sculptor, paying homage to him on the occasion of his 145th birthday. This music moved him and inspired him so much that, after a concert, the great artist Maria Tănase declared: «when I listen to you as you say them, Mărie, I would be able to carve a Master Bird for every song of ours ».

The music program will include two folk suites in his arrangement Mihai Gherghelaș, soloist Monica Bejenaru – voice, which includes processing of some famous pieces from the Romanian folklore from Oltenia, Banat, Crișana, Transylvania, Moldova, Maramureş, Dobrogea and Muntenia, four instrumental pieces in his arrangement Eduard Boboia, soloist Simina Croitoru, at the violin – lark, in his arrangement Ioan Dobrinescu and Maramures dance, of Sabin Păutza, then Hora detached and Martisor’s chorus, of Grigoraș Dinicu and finally, Folk suite no. 3, in the arrangement of the same Mihai Gherghelaș, soloist Monica Bejenaru – voice, which will include from the repertoire Maria Tănase the pieces Last night the wind blew, Who loves and leaves, Until I loved you,

I put basil in my hair, Good wine for ghiurghiuliu, Mărie and Mărioară.

Romanian Youth Orchestra, conducted by Cristian Mandeal. Photo: Virgil Oprina

Romanian Youth Orchestra was formed in 2008, at the initiative of cellist Marin Cazacu, as an artistic and educational program supported by the Foundation “Friends of Music – Serafim Antropov” and Lanto Communication. Since 2014, it operates under the auspices of the National Art Center “Romanian Youth”. This project brings together the best young musicians in Romania for a unique artistic experience that aims to achieve a high level of performance. The Romanian Youth Orchestra is considered the best orchestra in the country in recent years, standing out in a short time in terms of international music, being appreciated by European critics as a top ensemble in the world.

From the beginning, Cristian Mandeal was concerned with the formation of the ensemble. Under his artistic direction, the orchestra became a success story in the Romanian music world. Through the performance of turning every concert into a memorable event, it thus gives the country an international orchestra that sets a standard par excellence.

Currently, the project “Romanian Youth Orchestra – Enescian spirit and European tradition” involves various creative development activities. The aim of the program is to provide the opportunity to train musicians in orchestra, to assimilate a rich repertoire by participating in masterclasses, and, most importantly, to cultivate the pleasure of singing as a whole, along with internationally renowned conductors and soloists such as : Cristian Macelaru, Lawrence Foster, Horia Andreescu, Kristjan Järvi, Bogdan Băcanu, Sarah Chang, Amanda Forsyth, David Garrett, Stefan Geiger, Andrei Ioniță, Roman Kim, Elizabeth Leonskaja, Ivan Ludlow, Plamena Mangova, Valentina Naforniță, Olga Pasichnyk, Wave Quartet, Peter Sadlo, Olga Scheps, Emmanuel Séjourné , Aleksey Semenenko and Pinchas Zukerman.

The result – a unique orchestra, acclaimed at the concerts with the full hall at the Romanian Athenaeum, Radio Hall, International Festival George Enescu and on international stages such as: the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, the Ravello Festival and the Mahler Festival in Dobbiaco – Italy, March Music Day from Ruse, the Milan Youth Orchestra Festival, the Aix en Provence Festival and the International Festival of European Youth Orchestras Young Euroclassic of Berlin.

Since November 2011 the ensemble is a member of the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras – EFNYO. Within this international body, the Romanian Youth Orchestra is an active participant of the MusXchange program, meant to ensure the best possible circulation of the most valuable young musicians in the programs run by youth orchestras in Europe.

Since 2011, the Romanian Youth Orchestra is constantly invited to the International Festival George Enescu, marking over the years numerous premieres in terms of the presence of a Romanian orchestra on the big stages of Europe, such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Konzerthaus from Berlin, Musikverein and Konzerthaus from Vienna, the Great Hall Pierre Boulez of the Paris Philharmonic, hall Disrupts from Brussels, Academy of Santa Cecilia from Rome or Elbphilharmonie from Hamburg with the most important concert halls in important cultural centers such as Aix en Provence, Basel, Geneva, Lyon, Rouen, Ruse, Chisinau, Balti, Milan, Dobbiaco and Ravello in Italy, Linz, Salzburg, or Asia, Istanbul and Beijing, or the United States of America, as well as from Romania, to Sinaia, Brașov, Busteni, Sibiu, Cluj, Iasi and Timisoara.

Considered an artistic project that has reached maturity, the Romanian Youth Orchestra continues its journey in the world of quality music and international recognition, being an ensemble educated in a professional spirit in an exceptional artistic environment.

Organizer: “Romanian Youth” National Art Center

Partner: National Museum of Art of Romania

Under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture

Co-producers: TVR and Radio Romania

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