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Dialogue with Mrs. Elena Vernescu, organizer of the Musical Evenings at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest
The Inaugural recital of the new series of musical events offered by ''Lanto Arte'' was held on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. The series will run until November 30. On this occasion, we talked to the president of the "Lanto Arte" Association, Mrs. Elena Vernescu:
How was the idea of organizing a summer festival in Bucharest born?
The idea actually came out of a necessity, of the fact that Bucharest has no classical music events held indoors, in a concert hall during the summer. It is a lack felt by many people and so the idea emerged. We started from a lower level formula and ultimately, it seems that fate wanted us to reach this spectacular version.
What would the specific features of this festival be? And another question, do you intend to transform it into a permanent event?
Of course, we would really want to be able to do this. Nevertheless, a permanent festival would require a certain financial comfort which we should have from one year to another. As specific feature, we can mention, and this is something that I intend assiduously, the participation here in Romania of great Romanian artists, that are living and working especially abroad: Mr. Prunaru Silvia Marcovici, Mihaela Martin, Dana Protopopescu ... Another feature, of the same kind, is that we have many Romanian bands of the highest level. And, another specific feature perhaps, is that the National Youth Orchestra, a favourite of the "Lanto Arte" Association, is again involved in this project.
What would be, in your view, the main attractions which viewers should by no means miss during this festival?
Translated by Elena-Loredana Pastrav and Andra Stroe
MA Students, MTTLC, Bucharest University