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Over 3,000 artists from all over the world will perform at over 80 events in Bucharest and seven other Romanian cities, at the 2017 edition of the Enescu Festival, between September 2 and 24.

Individual tickets to the Enescu Festival 2017 will go on sale on February 16, starting 10 AM, in the EVENTIM network, both online on www.eventim.ro and in the network of EVENTIM stores in the entire country (Germanos, Orange, Vodafone, Diverta, Carrefour, Humanitas and Cărturești bookshops, OMV stations), at the EVENTIM offices in Bucharest and in the country, as well as on the EVENTIM websites abroad and in international EVENTIM networks.

With a new first-class international directing team – Zubin Mehta, Honorary President and Vladimir Jurowski, Artistic Director, in 2017, the Festival will put the music and creation of George Enescu, as well as classical and contemporary music, in a new light. As part of this endeavor, the Festival will put technology to the service of classical music and creativity, presenting famous works in a new approach; it will put contemporary music at the forefront, inviting to Bucharest some of the best-known composers today for the first time; it will give the audience the chance to enjoy a record number of works by George Enescu (37) – two of which will be presented at the Festival for the first time in history – and it will tune mathematics to the sound of music, inside Creative Bucharest.

The 2017 edition of the Enescu Festival has an absolute novelty, namely the series of concerts 21st Century Music, which will also include the International Composers’ Forum, with 30 of the most important contemporary composers of the world, including Sir James MacMillan, Rodion Shchedrin, Jörg Widmann and Magnus Lindberg. The general public can watch their debates on current music topics, with free access, conditioned by prior registration.

An absolute premiere in Romania, the Enescu Festival 2017 will organize Imaginary – an interactive exhibition of mathematics and music.

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International classical music stars such as Lang Lang, Jonas Kaufmann, Philippe Jaroussky, Magdalena Kožená, Daniil Trifonov, Riccardo Chailly, Thomas Hampson, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Olga Peretyatko, Khatia Buniatishvili, Tine Thing Helseth, Andrei Ioniță and Anoushka Shankar will come for the first time to Bucharest in 2017. They will be joined by top orchestras such as Orchestra Scala di Milano, Orchestra Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Münchner Philharmoniker or London Philharmonic Orchestra.

First-class conductors including Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Riccardo Chailly, Michail Pletnev and Vladimir Jurowski will also be present. As part of his program in the 2017 edition of the Festival, the renowned Antonio Pappano will conduct the Symphony No. 3 in C Major Op. 21 with Choir by George Enescu, thus offering the audience another premiere: Orchestra Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia performing Enescu. In addition, the French National Orchestra conducted by Christoph Eschenbach and with Truls Mørk as soloist will perform the Symphonie Concertante pour Cello by George Enescu, a composition that the famous orchestra has also chosen to open the 2017 season in Paris. The Czech Philharmonic, under the baton of Jiří Bělohlávek, will also be present at the Festival for the first time in 2017, with a program including works by Brahms and Martinů.

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Les Musiciens du Louvre, under the baton of Marc Minkowski, will bring Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte to the stage of the Athenaeum, and the opera Mathis der Maler by Hindemith will be performed for the first time at the Festival in its concert version by the National Radio Orchestra and the Academic Radio Choir, conducted by Lawrence Foster. Another novelty will be the famous opera by Berlioz, The Damnation of Faust, performed by the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir under the baton of conductor John Nelson.

The exceptional international artists will be joined by top Romanian figures in one of the most substantial selections: George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, National Radio Orchestra, the orchestras of Cluj, Iași, Timișoara, Bacău and Brașov, the conductors Cristian Mandeal, Horia Andreescu, Tiberiu Soare, Adrian Petrescu, Cristian Oroșanu, Cristian Lupeș and the soloists Ruxandra Donose, Vlad Budoiu, Cosmin Ifrim, Adrian Sâmpetrean, Roxana Constantinescu, Szabo Balint, Gabriela Iștoc and Teodor Ilincăi.

Winners of the Enescu Competition will also take the stage of the Enescu Festival, together with important international and national orchestras: Valentin Răduțiu, Mihai Ritivoiu, Viniciu Moroianu, Victoria Vassilenko, Zlatomir Fung, Luiza Borac, Josu de Solaun, Ștefan Tarara, Eun-Sun Hong, Vassilis Varvaressos and Dong Hyun Kim.

A total number of 80 events will take place in Bucharest and the rest of the country at the Enescu Festival 2017, 12 concerts of which will be organized in cities such as Iași, Brașov, Cluj, Timișoara, Bacău, Ploiești and Sibiu.

Individual ticket prices

Series “GREAT ORCHESTRAS” (Grand Palace Hall)

  • 1st category        RON 180 (MSD included)
  • 2nd category        RON 140 (MSD included)
  • 3rd category        RON 110 (MSD included)
  • 4th category       RON 80 (MSD included)

Series “RECITALS AND CHAMBER MUSIC” (Romanian Athenaeum, Auditorium Hall)

For the concerts at the Athenaeum:

  • 1st category         RON 180 (MSD included)
  • 2nd category        RON 140 (MSD included)

For the concerts at the Auditorium Hall:

  • 1st category       RON 50 (MSD included)
  • 2nd category        RON 30 (MSD included)

Series “BY MIDNIGHT” (Romanian Athenaeum)

  • 1st category         RON 180 (MSD included)
  • 2nd category        RON 140 (MSD included)

Series “21ST CENTURY MUSIC” (Mihail Jora Hall – Radio Hall)

  • 1st category         RON 50 (MSD included)
  • 2nd category        RON 30 (MSD included)

You can find the full programme of Enescu Festival 2017 on www.festivalenescu.ro.

A guide to buying tickets is available here.

Translation provided by Biroul de Traduceri Champollion

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