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Rattle, Mehta, Star at Romanian Music Festival

This year's George Enescu Festival in Romania is bringing some world famous music stars to Bucharest, including the composers Simon Rattle and Zubin Mehta and the pianists Elisabeth Leonskaja and Yuja Wang.

Marian Chiriac

The 22nd George Enescu festival, an event that celebrates the work of Romania’s great composer, has over 100 events scheduled to take place by September 20 in Bucharest and other cities.

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayerische Staatsoper, London Symphony Orchestra, famous conductors Sir Simon Rattle and Zubin Mehta, pianists Elisabeth Leonskaja or Yuja Wang, are only a few of the big names due to perform during the 22 days of the festival.

The festival, which is organized once every two years, brings some of the world’s finest orchestral musicians to Romania.

Some 40,000 individual tickets have been put up for sale, with almost half of them being sold to foreign tourists, according to the festival organizers.

However, there are other ways of enjoying the festival. Some of the most important concerts of the festival will be broadcast live in Bucharest and in five local cinemas across the country. Moreover, the public broadcaster TVR has launched a website exclusively dedicated to the festival.

The festival also has a special mobile app, adapted for mobile phones with large screens and high resolution.

George Enescu, born in 1881, was a celebrated composer, violinist, pianist, conductor and teacher. He died in 1955 in Paris.

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