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Viennese Delight – Extraordinary Christmas Concert

11 December 2017

The Ukrainian Radio Symphony Orchestra is acknowledged for its art at national and international level. For several decades, the Orchestra’s activity has contributed to enriching the national treasure of musical culture. The Radio Symphonic Orchestra of Ukraine was created on 5th October 1929. The collective has produced over 10 thousand symphonic musical recordings for the Radio Fund of Ukraine throughout the 88 years of rich creative history. A unique collection has been gathered, comprising the works of national classical music, the creations of modern Ukrainian composers and the masterpieces of world classical music. The orchestra was improved through collaboration with prominent conductors of the 20th century: Mykola Kolessa, Nathan Rakhlin, Oleksandr Klimov, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Isaac Pain, Stefan Turchak, Arild Remmerit, Rikkardo Kapasso, Herman Adler, Mykhailo Kanershteyn, Petro Polyakov, Kostyantyn Simeonov. Since 2005, the Symphonic Orchestra has been led by Volodymyr Sheiko – Head Bandmaster and Artistic director. Under his wand, the orchestra has performed masterpieces, such as: Requiem by G. Verdi; Symphony No. 9 by L. van Beethoven; Symphony No. 6, Pathetica by P. Tchaikovsky; Symphony No. 2 by S. Rachmaninoff; Carmina Burana by Carl Orff ; Stabat Mater by G. Rossini; The Execution of Stepan Razin by D. Shostakovich; St. John of Damascus by S. Taneyev; Fern’s Bloom by Y. Stankovych; Requiem and Davidde Penitente by W. A. Mozart.; Le Poème de l'extase by A. Scriabin and others. Under the supervision of Volodymyr Sheiko as a conductor, the Orchestra has recorded more than 280 chefs d’oeuvre of world music and Ukrainian masterpieces, thus contributing to the enrichment of the national radio treasure. The most successful performances of the Orchestra have taken place on the main stages of the Ukrainian capital, as well as the National Philharmonic Society of Ukraine, the National Palace of Ukraine and the National Opera of Ukraine. The participation of world-renowned opera singers and instrumentalists, such as Jon Lord (composer and pianist for “Deep Purple” – England), Keiko Matsui (jazz pianist, Japan), Anatoliy Kocherga (bass, Austria), Anatoliy Solovyanenko (tenor, Ukraine), Zurab Sotkilava (tenor, Russia), Tatiana Grindenko (violin, Russia), Victoria Mullova (violin, Austria), Liana Isakadze (violin, Russia), Alexander Knyazev (cello, Russia), Vladimir Krainev (piano, Germany) has become a veritable embellishment of the concerts. The Orchestra toured over the last 6 years in 12 countries from Asia, Europe and Africa – in South Korea, Iran, Algeria, Tunisia, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Belgium, Poland and Belarus. The Orchestra’s performances have caught the audience’s attention in the most prestigious concert halls of these countries: Concertgebouw (Amsterdam); De Doelen (Rotterdam); Koningin Elisabethzaal (Antwerp); Philharmonie Luxembourg (Luxembourg); Filharmonia Narodova (Warsaw); Auditorio Nacional de Musica and Teatro Monumental (Madrid); Gran Teatre del Liceu, Palau de la Musica Catalana (Barcelona); Auditorio de Zaragoza (Zaragoza); Kursaal (San Sebastian); Coliseu do Porto, Casa da Musica (Porto); Coliseu dos Recreios (Lisbon); Teatro Petruzelli (Bari), Teatro Ristori (Verona), Teatro Romano di Ascoli Piceno (Ascoli Piceno); City Hall (Seoul); Algerian Teatro National and Palace “Moufdi Zakaria” (Algeria); Palace of Congresses (Tehran); Coliseum, (El Jem), Theatre Antique Cartage (Tunis), Slavyanskiy Bazar Arena (Vitebsk). The orchestra shall perform the most important repertoire of the Vienna Ball Opera, which shall comprise works of the Strauss dynasty, Franz Lehar, Emmerich Kalman, Joseph Lanner and of other famous composers of Viennese music of the 18th and 19th centuries. The orchestra shall consist of 36 instrumentalists, and the „Aniko Ballet” Ensemble shall dance on the Viennese tunes. The concert shall take place on Monday, 11 December 2017, 8.00 p.m., in the Grand Hall of NTB.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Stefan Hrusca

18 December 2017

Private event hosted by the National Theatre of Bucharest. The organiser is exclusively liable for the quality and content of this event!   The loveliest Christmas carols shall warm up the hearts of the Romanians again: Ştefan Hruşcă returns home, from faraway places, for an anniversary tour! In December, the voice replenishing for a quarter of a century the magic of winter holidays, shall be heard throughout the country and shall enchant the listeners from everywhere with the caressing tunes of traditional Romanian Christmas carols. The people of Bucharest shall receive the priceless musical gift on 18th December 2017, in the Grand Hall of the National Theatre. The ones present at the encounter with the beloved carol singer from Maramureş shall have the opportunity of listening, throughout two hours, to melodies such as White Flowers, Three Shepherds, Let It Snow, Mild is Mild, Holy Christmas Eve and Day Dawn. Always sung with the same sensibility, the Christmas carols performed by Ștefan Hruşcă have acquired the status of true vernacular tradition of the winter holidays. The concerts are among the most long-established recurrent events on the Romanian market: launched in 1991, the series of Christmas concerts performed by Ştefan Hruşcă shall be staged for the 25th time this year. The moment shall be marked through a playlist reuniting the most popular Christmas carols, brought to the public’s attention over time by the composer and singer hailing from the heart of Maramureş. Therefore, do not miss a soulful encounter, placing the traditional Christmas carol at the forefront, performed in the most honest and authentic manner.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu  

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Songs for Santa Clause

18 December 2017

Philanthropic concert to the benefit of ”The Door” Foster Care Centre. With Abel Edison Corban and Alex Stoian, piano, Constantin Mușat, violin and the Orpheus chorale. The concert shall take place on Monday, 18th December 2017, from 8.00 p.m., in the NTB Media Hall. An amount representing half of the value of tickets sold shall be donated to The Door Romania Foster Care Centre –www.thedoor.ro. You can confer more consistency to your contribution by also purchasing non-binding tickets. These do not provide a seat in the hall, but offer the satisfaction of a philanthropic act. From 7 p.m., we shall meet for a Vin d'honneur in the foyer of the hall. Tickets for pupils/students/pensioners are on sale only at the box office, after producing a supporting document. Participants: Alex Stoian, piano Aged only 15, Alex Stoian is an aspiring virtuoso and a laureate of junior contests from Italy and Germany. He shall play the first part from the Sonata Op. 8 no. 13 ”Pathétique” by L.v. Beethoven and Scherzo No. 1 Op. 20 by Fr. Chopin Constantin Mușat, violin Constantin prepares an ascension towards the Everest of violinistic art: a recital of sonatas and partitas for solo violin by J.S. Bach. He offers us a teaser to his future concert: Chaconne from the Second Partita by Bach, BWV 1004 Abel Edison Corban, piano He invites us to Broadway, the theatre street of New York, where George Gershwin acquired fame and wealth. Winner of the “Bela Bartók” Award at the Liszt/Bartók International Piano Contest of Sofia and former scholar of the "Young Talents" programme of the "Princess Margret of Romania" Foundation Orpheus chorale A choir consisting of future great opera soloists, currently BA and MA students at the National University of Music Bucharest, performing Romanian and international carols.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Paul Surugiu - Fuego: December Letter

25 December 2017

When winter draws near in Romania, it is already a tradition that Paul Surugiu-Fuego takes the road, bearing his musical pouch, throughout the entire country, recounting Christmas, its wonders and the joy to make others happy within a fairytale-like holiday. This time, he shall start on 4th December 2017, from Brașov and shall conclude with a musical feast, with special guests and surprises, on 25th December 2017, on the very first Christmas day, in the wonderful Grand Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest. The concert December Letter is a contemporary story about beauty, about quality, about positive emotions and feelings one can only nurture and live at this intensity around Christmas. Fuego proposes a visual and acoustic show, relying on the emotion stirred by the messages of his songs and poems. At the same time, alongside his audience, the artist shall write a long letter dedicated to Christmas, which he shall subsequently publish. As no project of the Fuego brand comes without surprises, the performer does not fall short this time either. He has prepared unique moments, for two hours, alongside his band, together with unforgettable melodies, new and spectacular songs, but also the most beautiful, hummed and broadcasted carols of his 20 years as a singer. The show December Letter is a reverie, a return to the simple values and symbols, in which all of us believe, but which we have forgotten, due to the chaos and stress we are living in. „I shall lay out, as memories, after 11 years since I have launched the idea to take my Christmas songs throughout the country, a series of moments which are impossible to forget. I do not wish any barriers and to feel together the thrill, bliss, pace, sensibility and finesse of musical notes. The lyrics shall also be by my side, seemingly wishing to replenish the atmosphere of a fairytale concert. This letter of mine conceals silences, optimism, realism, relaxation, different melodies, positive messages and of course, the joy of decorating the Christmas tree. I am also preparing new pieces and established songs in all these years, in which we have built a special connection. I would like you to come without expectations and enjoy the holiday magic and a mature Paul Surugiu, eager to do something grand, royal, princely, writing with you, through memories, a December letter to the world! This shall be, in brief, the topic on the evening I shall reach your town! Please be my guests!“ Paul Surugiu - Fuego   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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The Extraordinary New Year’s Concert 2018

08 January 2018

Private event hosted by the National Theatre of Bucharest. The organiser is exclusively liable for the quality and content of this event! The year 2018 is starting with a magical musical surprise, filled with grace and explosive energy. On 8th January 2018, from 7.00 p.m., the Calea Victoriei Foundation organizes in the Grand Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest the Extraordinary New Year’s Concert, Fifth Edition, starring this time the famed Swiss violinist Manrico Padovani. Surnamed „the violin magician”, he shall perform on his Stradivarius -Vuillaume Messiah violin the famous Concerto no. 1, in D major, by Niccolo Paganini, alongside the well-known Symphactory Orchestra, under the wand of conductor Tiberiu Soare. In the second part of the concert, the audience shall travel to the Spanish musical space, through the seductive Suites 1 and 2 of the Carmen opera by Georges Bizet. The Concerto no. 1 in D major, for violin and orchestra, by N. Paganini, is one of the most beloved compositions from the universal repertoire. The magic, the force generated by this musical fragment and the mastery of the violinist transpose the audience in a zone of ecstasy and pure emotion. The music of the Carmen opera is placed under the sign of individual freedom and erotic magic, according to conductor Tiberiu Soare. The passionate female character, the famous Carmen imagined by G. Bizet, fascinates the audience worldwide through her audacity, beauty and overwhelming sensuality. The Extraordinary New Year’s Concert –2018 edition is organised with the support of: the Bondoc și Asociații SCA Lawyers’ Practice, 7 Card, Grand Hotel Continental and of the National Music University of Bucharest. Media partners: TVR 3, Radio Romania Musical, Radio Romania Cultural, RFI România, România Liberă, Forbes Life, Cinemagia, Agerpres, 100delocuri.ro, Bookblog, Bookhub, Bucureștii Vechi și Noi. Tickets to the concert can be purchased through the Eventim network: shops Vodafone, Orange, Germanos, Carrefour, Cărtureşti and Humanitas bookstores, OMV gas stations or online. The poster is created by illustrator Ileana Surducan ---                                     The Calea Victoriei Foundation is the only place in Bucharest where one can develop through art and culture, through a great diversity of courses and cultural and interactive events. For over 10 years, we have been inspiring through arts and culture and supporting the young and gifted people. We have succeeded in doing pioneer work in the manner cultural events are organized, and, over time, we have become an academy where over 100 researchers, artists and trainers have acquired training as lecturers. We pride ourselves on over 50 000 trainees who have participated in our projects and over 2000 young people who have received scholarships (participation free of charge in the favourite courses). We thank everybody who supported us throughout these years: the National Military Circle, Grand Hotel Continental, the National Music University of Bucharest, the National Bank of Romania, the Odeon Theatre and the Cotroceni Museum.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Alexandra Ușurelu in Concert at the National Theatre of Bucharest

29 January 2018

The full houses of her concerts countrywide and the 3 sold-out symphonic concerts held until now in the Grand Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest have quickly turned her into one of the most successful independent artists. On 29th January 2018, Alexandra Usurelu prepares a new impressive show in the Grand Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest, from 8.00 p.m. More details shall be announced shortly. Tickets are available in the Iabilet.ro, Eventim.ro and Bilete.ro networks.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu

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