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The RadiRo festival will start with Rhapsody No. 1 by Enescu!

Monday, 19 November 2018 , ora 10.50

The countdown has started: only 6 days until the International Festival of Radio Orchestras - RadiRo (18-25 November 2018)! On Sunday, November 18th, at 19:00 at Sala Radio, the National Radio Orchestra, celebrating its 90th birthday, will open the sixth edition of the unique festival dedicated to radio orchestras, with Enescu's Rhapsody No. 1 and pieces by Ravel and Debussy!

The opening of the festival will start with the Romanian Radio National Orchestra led by the French conductor, Jean-Claude Casadesus, who founded the Orchestre National de Lille (France) in 1976. He recorded more than 30 different albums and held concerts in 32 countries with the Orchestre National de Lille. The program will start with the famous Rhapsody No. 1 by George Enescu, which will be followed by works by French composers such as Maurice Ravel (the Piano Conerto en Sol Majeur, Pavane pour une infante défunte and Daphnis et Chloé Suite) and Claude Debussy with Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune. The extraordinary event will also feature a special guest: the Spanish pianist Javier Perianes, a successful pianist who performed on the world's biggest stages. (Carnegie Hall in New York, Barbican Hall in London, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Suntary Hall in Tokyo, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires). The concert will continue with the Academic Radio Choir (conductor: Ciprian Țițu).

On Wednesday, the 21st of November (19:00 o'clock)The National Radio Orchestra will present the second concert, part of the RadiRo Festival, this time under the baton of the French conductor Frédéric Chaslin, the musical director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. He was Daniel Barenboim's assistant in Paris and Beirut, and in 1991 he became assistant to Pierre Boulez. He also collaborated with him on Ensamble Intercontemporain. Winner of the prestigious German Echo Klassik Prize for his recordings of Bach concertos, French pianist David Fray will perform the Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 by Schumann at Sala Radio. The night's program brings two more famous creations: the Romeo & Juliet Overture-Fantasy by Tchaikovsky and The Symphonic Suite by Rimsky-Korsakov named Scheherazade.

The RadioRo festival (organized once every two years) includes eight symphonic concerts at Sala Radio. For the first time ever, this year's program will also include four jazz concerts (in the Auditorium at the Romanian National Art Museum). The oldest European radio orchestra - MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra (Germany) - is coming back to Romania with two extraordinary concerts (on the 19th and 20th of November). In addition, three famous ensembles will make their debut performance at Sala Radio: the BBC Philharmonic (from the United Kingdom), Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana - Lugano (Switzerland) and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland). The jazz section brings to Bucharest Aura Urziceanu and three European Jazz Bands - the Grammy-winning Danish Radio Big Band (Denmark), Croatian Radiotelevision Jazz Orchestra (Croatia), one of the oldest big band orchestras and finally, the Big Band Radio Romania, recently noted at Cerbul de Aur 2018.

All the concerts will be transmitted live by Radio Romania and members of the Radio European Union. Romanian Television will also record and broadcast the festival.

For more information about RadiRo 2018 please see the following site: www.radirofestival.ro.

Translated by Gabriela Florea, MTTLC, first year