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The 15th edition of the “Enchanted Bird”SoNoRo Festival begins online

Tuesday, 3 November 2020 , ora 15.42

The 15 years of the SoNoRo Chamber Music International Festival will be celebrated beginning with Saturday, the 31st of October, until the 9th of November 2020 with a series oflive concerts broadcasted from the concert halls of Brasov, Busteni, Sibiu and Bucharest.

The public will have real time access online and free of charge to the first part of the SoNoRo "Enchanted Bird" Music Festival (31st of October-5th of November) on the following platforms:

The online SoNoRo platform: https://festival.sonoro.ro/live/

The cultural Raiffeisen platform: https://art.raiffeisen.ro/

The Vodafone platform: https://www.vodafone.ro/impreunamaiputernici/muzica

The SoNoRo Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/festivalulSoNoRo

The Radio Romania Muzical Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Radio-Rom%C3%A2nia-Muzical-227784404990

The Romanian Cultural Institute Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/InstitutulCulturalRoman

The entrance to the concerts is free
, however those who want to support the Sonoro Association and its projects will be able to contribute through some donations in the account of the project. More details available on https://sonoro.ro/donatie/.

"This year we were thrilled of being able to hold open-air concerts, with valuable musicians, in many parts of the country. All concerts were free to the public and we'll continue to offer in the same way the concerts that will be held online in the first part of the SoNoRo Festival. In this difficult year the access to culture was restricted by regulations meant to protect the public health. We wanted to somehow compensate this by offering free access through digital platforms to the ones who want to enjoy music. We thank the people who want to support us with this action and will donate, however we'll not restrict the access to concerts for the ones who will not be able to do so. We'd be thrilled to have as many spectators as possible at the opening of the Festival, we'll feel the good energy that they'll transmit to us, as well as the virtual applause, in the absence of the real ones from the concert halls, without which we'll be a bit sadder this year", declared Răzvan Popovici, the Executive Director of the SoNoRo Festival.

The musiciansthat will held the first concerts of the anniversary edition of the SoNoRo Festival are: AlissaMargulis (violin), Mihaela Martin (violin), Francesco Ionașcu (violin) Răzvan Popovici, (viola), Justus Grimm (cello), Frans Helmerson (cello), Diana Ketler (piano) and Ionuț Ștefănescu (flute).

The program of the first concerts is as following:


Saturday, 31st of October 2020, 7pm, The Patria Hall of the Brasov Philharmonic

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) - Syrinx, L. 129 flute solo

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) - The Lark Ascending for violin and piano

Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827) -Seven variations WoO46 in Mi flat major, BeiMännernwelcheLiebefühlenfor cello and piano

Pablo Casals (1876-1973) - Song of the Birds for cello

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805) - La ritirata di Madrid for quintet with piano

George Enescu-The Romanian Rhapsody No.1 in an arrangement for piano quartet by Thomas Wally

Sunday, 1st of November 2020, 8pm, TheCantacuzino Castle, Busteni

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) - Variations on La ci darem la mano, WoO28 for flute, violin and viola

Ludwig van Beethoven -The Serenade in Re major, Op. 25 for flute, violin and viola

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) - String quintetin Do major, Op. 29


Monday, 2ndof Novembre 2020, 7pm, The Patria Hall of the Brasov Philharmonic

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) - Notturno in Mi flat major, Op. 148 (D. 897) for piano trio

George Enescu (1881-1955) - Nocturne Ville d'Avrayen for piano quartet

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) - Cloches à travers les feuilles, from Images, the Second Book for piano

Frederick Chopin (1810-1849) / Nathan Milstein (1903-1992) - Nocturne in Do sharp minor for violin and piano

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) - Nocturne din Baltazahr's Feast for flute and piano

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) - Piece en forme de habanera for viola and piano

Edward Elgar (1857-1934) - Chanson de nuitfor viola and piano

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) - Le merle noir for flute and piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) - The Serenade in sol major, KV 525, EinekleineNachtmusik, for Strings Quartet

For more details and the complete program: www.sonoro.ro




Born in 2006, the SoNoRo Festival brought chamber music in the close-up of the Romanian cultural life and included the Romanian musical scene in a high profiled European festivals network. Apart from regular partnerships with festivals from Italy, Latvia, Germany, England, Israel and Japan, SoNoRoheld concerts in one of the most prestigious halls of the world, such as Wigmore Hall from London, Konzerthaus from Vienne, YMCA from Jerusalem and Carnegie Hall from New York.

The SoNoRoCultural Platfromincludes The SoNoRoFestival (15 years), SoNoRo-Interferences, the scholarships and workshops program for young musicians (14 years), SoNoRo On Tour (13 years), SoNoRo Arezzo (10 years), SoNoRo Mansion, the summer series of concerts held by buildings of patrimony from Romania(8 years) șiSoNoRoMusikland-festival dedicated to the architectural traditions and patrimony of the Haferland region (2 years). SoNoRois a member of the European Festivals Association.


Festival presented by: Raiffeisen Bank

Favourite card: Mastercard

Mobility partner: BMW Group Romania

Main sponsors: Vodafone Business, E.ON andRomCapital Invest

Main sponsors: The Ministry of Culture, The Romanian Cultural Institute

Digital partner: The Embassy of Germany

: Ciga Energy, Leroy and the Associates, the private healthcare association QUEEN MARY, JTI, NNDPK, Mercure Hotels, the Alcor Clinique.

: illy, Media Image, Privileg, Matei Branea, Docuart, the Cantacuzino Castle, Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest, the Carturesti Bookshops, European Festivals Asociation, Galeria DADA, theHumanitas Bookshops, the Brasov Philharmonic, Golden Tulip Sibiu, Hochmeister

Media partners
: Radio Romania Muzical, Radio Romania Cultural,Harper's Bazaar, National Geographic, Psychologies, Igloo Media, Designist.ro, Sapte Seri, Modernism.ro, EVZ.ro, the Metropolis newspaper, The Institute, Rador, Flawless.ro, LiterNet.ro, Promenada-culturala.ro, IQads.ro, UnSitedeMuzica.ro, anamariaonisei.ro, CoverStories.ro, ioanabaldea.com, BlitzTV, Promobicicleta, Munteanu.ro

Translated by Codescu Paula-Silvia,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu