23/11/2005 The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York
to host
The George Enescu Festival and Conference
(New York, 1-4 December 2005)
An event organized in partnership with ECUMEST Romania and co-sponsored by The Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation at The Graduate Center, City University of New York and by Mannes College The New School for Music.

The festival commemorates 50 years since the death of George Enescu (1881Ė1955) and is part of a series of celebrations of the Romanian composer organized throughout the world this year. An exceptional composer, violinist, conductor, and teacher, Enescu kept returning to New York, performing as a violinist and conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1936, he was one of the candidates considered to replace Toscanini as its permanent conductor. After World War II he was invited to teach at the David Mannes School of Music.

The festival program includes recitals by Sherban Lupu, Dinu Ghezzo, Lori Wallfisch, Ilinca Dumitrescu, Cristina Stanescu, Cornel Taranu, alongside young talents Matei Varga and Ruxandra Cristea.
A two-day academic conference on Enescuís legacy to the world will be held at CUNY Graduate Center on December 2 and at The Romanian Cultural Institute on December 3, will examine the political and cultural context in which Enescu operated in his native country, in Europe, and in the United States.

Theatre and opera director Andrei Serban features as a special guest of the Festival and will lecture on Enescuís Oedipe. Florin Mihailescuís film of Serbanís rehearsals for the Oedipe production at the Romanian National Opera in Bucharest - "Looking from Inside: George Enescu Ė Oedipe Ė Andrei Serban" - will be screened at the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York (December 3, 4:15 pm).

Musical personalities who have known Enescu personally will be evoking his life and work at the opening of a photo exhibition at the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York (December 3, 6:30 pm).

The Festival will close with a special concert by Sherban Lupu and Ilinca Dumitrescu, both leading performers of Enescuís work, at Merkin Concert Hall on December 4, 8 pm.

The organizers of this festival, which is celebrating both Enescu and Romaniaís National Day, are expecting the official participation of Mr. Valentin Naumescu, State Secretary for Public Diplomacy in the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The full program of the festival is available at http://web.gc.cuny.edu/brookcenter/EnescuProgram.htm

For further information contact
Bogdan Stefanescu, Deputy Director
The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York (ICRNY)
200 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016
Tel: 212-687-0180, Fax: 212-687-0181
Cel: 917-670-3775

ICRNY is the antenna of the Romanian Cultural Institute, Bucharest

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