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The Lutheran Church - a New Permanent Concert Hall in Bucharest
It is always pleasant to listen to Baroque music in such a great space like the Lutheran Church, which allows an infinite play with sound and its echo. The series of Baroque works was interrupted by Giovanni Bottesini's Romantic concert for double bass and orchestra. It is a work with a haunting melody, which wins you over at once, and which I was glad to find in the programme. The soloist part, not an easy one in the least, was performed by Magor Szasz, a self-assured young man who felt the character of this opus very well.
It was a pleasant evening and spontaneity created a warm, intimate feel. But however spontaneous everything may have seemed, we must know the important efforts behind this series of concerts deserve to be mentioned.
That is why we asked Elena Vernescu, the organizer of the Musical Soirées at the Lutheran Church, to talk about her part in organizing them, as well as about certain backstage details which I am convinced you will discover happily.
'It is a truly special feeling, an uplifting and wonderful feeling, because after the necessary efforts for such a project, when it comes to an end, with all its transience, you have a special feeling - a sense of achievement, beauty and personal satisfaction.'
How did you get the idea of choosing this church for this series of concerts?
I knew the church before, I knew it had good acoustics because it is a special place for me, it's very beautiful. The people of the church are truly open, special people, showing generosity and likeness towards cultural projects, the type I have rarely seen before; this way we can turn the Lutheran Church into another permanent concert hall in Bucharest.
Translated by Irina Borțoi and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, Bucharest University