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Alexandru Tomescu and Cristian Măcelaru - a High-class Musical Ensemble on the Radio Hall Stage

Monday, 31 March 2014 , ora 8.52
Friday, on 4th April, 19:00, at the Radio Hall, two valuable Romanian artists will meet - the conductor Cristian Măcelaru, an associate conductor of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and the violinist Alexandru Tomescu, soloist of the Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs and the one who has won the right to play the Stradivarius Elder-Voicu violin.

The event, sponsored by the Romanian National Radio Orchestra, will put together three musical scores which you will enjoy whether you are a regular attendant of the concert halls or just an amateur! The evening will begin with the overture of the opera Freischütz by Carl Maria von Weber, the first important romantic opera composed on German land and inspired by the German folklore tales about an elite sharp shooter who makes a pact with the devil. It will be followed by the Concert in A minor for violin and orchestra by Antonín Dvoűák, who wrote it with the purpose of dedicating it to one of the greatest violinists of the 19th century, Joseph Joachim, but who never managed to play it. The evening repertoire will end with the Symphony No. 4 in E minor, the last musical score of this kind composed by Johannes Brahms.

Cristian Măcelaru left Romania at 17 years old in order to learn the art of music in the U.S., and nowadays, his conductor activity is on the rise at only 33 years old. He started his career at the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and in the 2010 - 2011 season he was named assistant conductor of the same orchestra, and afterwards bestowed with the Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award. Being a trained violinist, Cristian Măcelaru was a concert master of the Miami Symphony Orchestra, performing at Carnegie Hall with the same orchestra for the first time. Today he is an associate conductor of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. Cristian Măcelaru was invited in February 2012, to conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a replacement for Pierre Boulez.

Interested in the development and support of young musicians, Cristian Măcelaru created the Crisalis Music project. He is currently working with the Montréal Métropolitain Orchestra, the symphony orchestras in Washington, Seattle, Toronto and Baltimore. In September 2013, he had a successful first performance with the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra in Sweden.

Alexandru Tomescu has performed countless times alongside the Radio Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Romanian National Radio Orchestra, on the Radio Hall stage, but also abroad, on tours in Europe and Asia. Many other concerts composed by Mozart, Bruch or Mendelssohn, performed by Alexandru Tomescu with the two ensembles were recorded and released by the Editura Casa Radio.

Alexandru Tomescu performed in famous concert halls of these main music metropolises: Carnegie Hall (New York), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Théâtre des Champs Elysées (Paris), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), etc.

The Stradivarius tour, created around the vintage violin on which he plays, is a yearly event which carried the young violinist countless times all over the country. He performed the three great unabridged repertoires for the solo violin - the 24 Caprices by Niccolo Paganini, the six Sonatas by Eugène Ysaÿe and the six Sonatas and Partitas by Johann Sebastian Bach, the tours having received their own DVD and CD release and discography articles which were very successful.

Passionate about chamber music as well, Alexandru Tomescu performed for the first time in the Romanian Piano Trio (2005-2010) and since 2011 he has been the first violin of the Ad Libitum Quartet, a prestigious chamber music ensemble with a history of over 25 years of activity.

The tickets are available on www.bilete.ro, at the Post Offices, in the Inmedio stores signposted Bilete.ro, in the Germanos stores and at the ticket office of the Radio Hall.

For any other info related to the National Radio Orchestras and Choirs please visit the websites: www.orchestreradio.ro or www.orchestreradio.com.

The Radio Hall can be reached by using the public transportation, such as, the tram routes no. 24 and 44 to the Radio Romania headquarters - Piața Virgiliu bus stop (Berzei Street at the road junction with Știrbei Vodă, close to Berthelot Street). You could also use the transportation nearby Mircea Vulcănescu Street, Berzei Street, Știrbei Vodă Street, Eroilor Boulevard, Calea Plevnei and Dinicu Golescu Boulevard - buses 133, 178, 126, 168, 226, 368, etc.

Translated by Roxana Țicămucă and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, The Unirversity of Bucharest