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The Radio Academic Choir - Carolling Concert at the Cotroceni National Museum

Friday, 19 December 2014 , ora 10.36

The Cerchez Hall at the Cotroceni National Museum was the host of the carolling concert proposed by the Radio Academic Choir on 18th December. The conductor Dan Mihai Goia conducted a dynamic programme, which consisted of traditional Romanian carols with harmonizations signed by Gheorghe Cucu or Tiberiu Brediceanu, but also of well-known Christmas songs from the International repertoire.

'Something sacred! Very close to how they are played traditionally and this is what I liked.'

'Formidable! I have been here before, to other concerts, but not to carolling concerts. They give you that magic mood of the holidays. The voices are impressive.'

A successful evening of the ensemble, which was appreciated by the large audience. Among those attending the concert at the Cerchez Hall there was also Adina Rențea, director of the Cotroceni National Museum:

'Everything went smoothly. I wanted a concert that was different, a concert for close people and friends. In a museum hall things sound differently. This evening's concert has a particular symbolics, it represents the debut of a partnership with Radio Romania Music and this partnership will unfold throughout 2015 and presupposes, at least from what has been discussed so far, concerts with artists from Romania and from abroad, first-class artists.'

The conductor Dan Mihai Goia stated at the end about the concert:

'A concert for the soul! There are people about whom you can tell that they are true music lovers, they listen with pleasure and appreciate accordingly. The Academic Radio Choir strove tonight to present its work and its artistic and spiritual choices with respect to the wonderful celebration of Christmas. Carol singing brings a moment of joy and this hall, the Cerchez Hall, is one which invites to music and has very good acoustics. We could fully put ourselves forward as far as the sound was concerned, but we could also adopt sublte nuances. It was a beautiful evening, for the soul, an evening of joy, of hope for the future, for the new year. I take this opportunity to wish the listeners of Radio Romania Music only the best, I wish them blessings of musical joys, good luck and abundance in their homes and that things go better and better in the lives of each one of us. May God be with us and happy holidays!'

Lucian Haralambie
Translated by Manuela Cristina Chira and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, the University of Bucharest