Update: President Iohannis attends Enescu Festival’s opening

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President Klaus Iohannis is attending the opening of “George Enescu” International Festival on Sunday night. According to the Presidential Administration, the Romanian president attends the opening event due at the Palace Hall, starting 19:30.

After attending the opening concert, the Romanian president said that the deserving places of culture and education have to be restored.

“The opening last evening of the George Enescu International Music Festival, in its 22nd edition, is a new opportunity for Romania to promote its culture and spirit thanks to our great composer. I am convinced that for three weeks one of the most important cultural events hosted by Bucharest City will rejoin thousands of classical music lovers from all around the world. We have to restore the deserving places of culture and education, the places they deserve in a strong society,” Iohannis wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.

The 22nd edition of Enescu Festival will open with “No 1 Romanian Rhapsody” by George Enescu, performed by the Romanian Youth Orchestra, conducted by Kristjan Jarvi. Violinist Sarah Chang is joining the orchestra to perform “The Violin Concert” by Jean Sibelius, whose 150th anniversary of his birth is celebrated this year.

“Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff starring Max Emanuel Cencic will be also performed.

About 2,500 foreign artists and 500 Romanian musicians will attend the 2015 edition of Enescu Festival, the internationally renowned festival, the biggest one organized by Romania. This year’s edition will run August 30-September 20 and will host 58 hall concerts and many other open-air events.

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