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Madrigal Choir celebrates Romanian Culture Day

Monday, 18 January 2021 , ora 8.56

Friday, the 15th of January 2021, The National Chamber Choir "Madrigal - Marin Constantin" is celebrating Romanian Culture Day by inviting the public to a Choral intermezzo dedicated to national creation, which will be broadcast live on the social media channels of the ensemble.

The Madrigal Choir has been an advocate of authentic cultural values for 58 years. Now it returns to the stage and opens the 2021 year of concerts with an homage dedicated to some of the most talented and appreciated composers in Romania. It also seeks to promote choral art in Romania. The repertoire chosen by the leading conductor of the ensemble, Anna Ungureanu will include classical works and works inspired from folklore. Adding on to the event, specially conceived scenography and costumes that contain stylized elements from the native traditional scene have been made to complement the stage.

Furthermore, starting with Friday, the 15th of January, to celebrate, The Madrigal Choir, conducted by Anna Ungureanu shall allow the public to view or record the "Hora Staccato - Folklore Concert" show for free with the online "Madrigal App" - https://app.madrigal.ro/ .

"Hora Staccato - Folklore Concert" represents the first of the five events of the Summer Season of Madrigal 2020, which took place on the stage of the "Mihai Eminescu" Cultural Centre in Bucharest from the 21st of July until the 16th of August 2020. It is a part of the series of national projects of the Ministry of Culture: SAMER - Romania's Summer Artistic Music Season.

The specially chosen program, the artist's attire, guests present at the concert, the stage lightning, as well as the unique direction are part of the "Hora Staccato" a very lively and complex show filled with high-energy in terms of both sound and stage movement.

Madrigal App, an online app of the Madrigal Choir was launched on December 2020 for the holidays and contains the famous Extraordinary Christmas Concerts held during the last three years of the prestigious ensemble, which are now available free for the public. As such, the recently launched digital platform has gained over 12.000 views after only three days of launch.

The National Chamber Choir "Madrigal - Marin Constantin" is a symbol of both Romanian and universal musical life. From the moment of its foundation in 1963 by conductor Marin Constantin (1925 - 2011), The Madrigal Choir has held over 4.500 concerts lauded worldwide, making a name for itself as a true "country brand". It is one of the most defining examples of choral chamber music in the world, with a repertoire leaning towards European Renaissance, byzantine music and contemporary Romanian and universal compositions.

In November 2016, The National Chamber Choir "Madrigal - Marin Constantin" was officially recognized as Ambassador of Freedom, Hope and Peace, receiving the "Jean Nussbaum and Eleanor Roosevelt" prize at the United Nations Palace in Geneva during the Global Summit on Religion, Peace and Security. This year, Madrigal turns 58 years of uninterrupted activity as one of the longest-running choral ensembles.

After the anniversary concert in March 2020 and the "The Byzantine Florilegium" production launched during Easter, The Madrigal Choir performed the Summer Season event, which consisted of 5 concerts with separate themes and repertoires: "Hora staccato", "Madrigal sings to children", "The Renaissance Music", "Choral Jewellery" and "Ave Maria". At the public's request, the choral ensemble conducted by Anna Ungureanu held another performance of the "Ave Maria" concert in October.

In November 2020, The Madrigal Choir, partnered with Roton Music launched a new series of albums that contain some of the most appreciated works dedicated to the celebration of Christmas. These were recorded live during the Christmas concerts held in the years 2017, 2018 and 2019. This series of albums are what earned The Madrigal Choir the "Golden Disc" award.

Starting from the 23rd of December 2020, The Madrigal Choir has also offered free recordings of the new Extraordinary Christmas Concert, conducted by Anna Ungureanu on the online Madrigal App - https://app.madrigal.ro/, which can be downloaded on any electronic viewing device.

Translated by Yang Jin Cristian,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu