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George Enescu International Festival to include 29 concerts of Great Orchestras of the World Series

Some of the world's most prestigious orchestras will perform in the Great Orchestras of the World Series at the George Enescu International Festival from August 27 to September 24.

According to a press release from ARTEXIM, the organiser of the event, 13 foreign orchestras and 3 Romanian orchestras will perform a total of 29 concerts on the stage of the Palace Hall (Sala Palatului).

"The Great Orchestras of the World is a series of concerts in which we bring the most important names from all over the world with programmes that are suitable for the Palace Hall, on a very large stage, with a large audience. For many of the audience it may be the first and only chance in their lives to hear such a concert live, I am thinking of the Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the French National Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich or the London Symphony Orchestra. The only thing missing from these concerts are fireworks. Certainly, this series of orchestras will bring the highest level of music to a wider audience," said Cristian Macelaru, artistic director of the George Enescu International Festival.

The George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra will perform twice on the stage of the Palace Hall, on August 27 and September 12. The concert on 27 August will mark the opening of the 26th edition of the Festival.

On August 28 and 29, the Maggio Musicale Orchestra and Choir will perform, and the London Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Palace Hall on August 30 and 31.

The Orchestra of the Capitole Theatre of Toulouse will perform two concerts on the stage of the Palace Hall, on September 1 and 2, with maestro Christian Badea at the console, and on September 3 the Romanian Youth Orchestra will be heard.

The Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich will play twice during the George Enescu International Festival, on September 4 and 5, followed on September 6 and 7 by the Israel Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lahav Shani.

The next two concerts will be given on September 8 and 9 by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and on September 10 and 11 the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will come to Bucharest, conducted by Jakub Hrusa.

The Bavarian State Opera Orchestra will give two concerts at the Palace Hall, on September 13 and 14, under the baton of conductor Vladimir Jurowski, artistic director of the Enescu Festival between 2017 and 2021. The concert on September 13 will feature pianist Yefim Bronfman as soloist.

The Orchestra of the Santa Cecilia National Academy in Rome will also perform two concerts, on September 15 and 16, under the baton of conductor Tugan Sokhiev. The soloist for the concert on September 16 will be pianist Bertrand Chamayou.

The National Radio Orchestra will give a concert as part of the Great Orchestras of the World Series on September 17, followed on September 18 and 19 by the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra. The first concert will be conducted by Charles Dutoit, with legendary pianist Martha Argerichcare, and the second concert will be conducted by Cristian Mandeal, with Sheku Kanneh-Mason as soloist (cello).

The French ensemble Le Balcon will perform on the stage of the Palace Hall together with the Bucharest National Opera Choir and the Academic Radio Choir, on September 20, under the baton of Maxime Pascal.

The French National Orchestra, conducted by Cristian Macelaru, will perform two concerts as part of the George Enescu International Festival, at the Palace Hall, on September 21 and 22. The first concert will take place on September 21, with Augustin Hadelich as soloist (violin). The second concert, on September 22, will be with members of the Romanian Youth Orchestra and the George Enescu Philharmonic Choir. George Enescu's monumental Symphony No 3 will be given back to the audience in a unique, moving performance. In the same concert, a second Enescu masterpiece: the Romanian Rhapsody in A major op.11 no.1. Pianist Kirill Gerstein will present the long-awaited Concerto No. 2 in C minor for piano and orchestra op.19 by Sergei Rahmaninov.

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is already the traditional end of the Great Orchestras series and also of the Enescu Festival, at the Palace Hall, on September 23 and 24, both concerts under the baton of the young conductor Klaus Makela, newly appointed music director of the Amsterdam orchestra.

Tickets are available in five price categories: Category IV - 100 lei (reduced price for pupils, students and pensioners: 70 lei), Category III - 120 lei, Category II - 170 lei, Category I - 200 lei, VIP Category - 250 lei.

More details about the Great Orchestras of the World Series in the dedicated section of the Enescu Festival website: https://www.festivalenescu.ro/ro/series/mari-orchestre-ale-lumii/

The George Enescu International Festival is an event held under the High Patronage of the President of Romania, a project financed by the Romanian Government through the Ministry of Culture.