“George Enescu” International Festival kicks off on Sunday with a performance of the Madrigal National Chamber Choir which will open the series of the Midnight Concerts at 22:30 on the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum.
The ensemble is performing a concert of sacred and profane music including Guillaume Machaut ballads and Claudio Monteverdi madrigals.
A true national cultural brand, Enescu Festival will run August 30-September 20, bringing over 2,500 internationally renowned artists and bands and about 500 Romanian musicians in Bucharest. The Palace Hall and the Romanian Athenaeum will host 58 indoor concerts, but there will also be several open-air events.
Artists such as Zubin Mehta, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Sir Roger Norrington, Yuri Temirkanov, Christian Zacharias, Dan Grigore and Alexandru Tomescu will attend this year’s edition.
The public radio station through Radio Romania Cultural and Radio Romania Muzical will broadcast live 36 concerts performed within Enescu Festival, meaning 5,400 minutes of classic music. The concerts are available at www.radioromaniacultural.ro and www.romania-muzical.ro , as well as on the mobile apps of the two radio stations.
At the same, 27 concerts performed at the athenaeum and at the Palace Hall will be broadcast and will be aired the next day.
22 broadcast emissions rejoining 990 minutes of news, interviews and opinions will be also aired.
The National Radio Orchestra will open the Festival Square on September 10 by an extraordinary concert performed by tenor Stefan Pop, winner of Placido Domingo’s Operalia contest in 2010.