Benefit Concert With Jan Akkerman At Corneliu Coposu Gala 2019

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Corneliu Coposu Foundation together with Hans Seidel Foundation and Civic Academia Foundation is organising the 4th edition of the Corneliu Coposu Gala at the National Theatre in Bucharest, on the 11th of November, starting with 18:30.

A poetry volume signed by the famous Conservative politician and anti-communist dissident Corneliu Coposu will be launched during the gala, while an extraordinary benefit concert will be performed by the Dutch artist Jan Akkerman, dubbed as one of the greatest guitarists in the world.

Jan Akkerman will perform next to his band songs on his latest album “Close Beauty“, to be released on October 25 this year, after a 8-year recess, but also some of his old hits.

Akkerman gained international fame with Focus from 1969 – 1976 where he recorded a number of breakout albums; ‘Focus Plays Focus / In And Out Of Focus’ (1970), ‘Focus II/Moving Waves’ (1971) which reached the album chart in the UK #2, Netherlands #4 and #8 in the US going Gold. This album spawned the mega-hit ‘Hocus Pocus’ which reached #9 on the US Billboard Chart, #12 in The Netherlands and #20 in the UK singles chart and the song has gone on to appear on numerous TV shows such as Top Gear, Saxondale, Skins, Supernatural, Vinyl, My Name is Earl and Shameless as well we the 2007 film Hot Fuzz, 2014 remake of Robocop, 2017s Baby Driver and numerous TV advertisements including Nike. The song has been covered by a number of other artists including Iron Maiden, Marillion, Helloween, Gary Hoey, The Vandals and Vanessa-Mae, according to Focus toured Europe and the US including shows with Gentle Giant, Frank Zappa and Yes. In 1973 Melody Maker declared him the ‘Best guitarist of the world’, above Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page.

The tickets are available at prices ranging from RON 99 (students, pupils and pensioners), RON 199, RON 249 to RON 349 and can be purchased at the National Theatre’s booking office, but also at, and

This year, the gathered amounts from the sales of the tickets and other donations will be redirected to the Romanian schools in Northern Bukovina (Ukraine), in order to build and supply laboratories where pupils will study the Romanian language.

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