Exceptional Actors in Girls Orchestra in 2023, the year of the European Capital of Culture

Timisoara Mayor Dominic Fritz, interim director of the “Pantol” Philharmonic Orchestra of Timiشوارoara Ovidiu Andrich, and resident conductor for 2023, Gabriel Pepilía, on Monday presented a major part of the artistic program set up for the year in which the city will be named European Capital of Culture.

The new vision of the public cultural institutions of the municipality of Timisoara is to address the largest possible number of the people of Timisoara, in the most unique way, by addressing current and interesting topics related to the artistic excellence that characterizes them, through new partnerships from the community – schools, NGOs and other cultural institutions, To develop symbolic programs for the year in which we will be named European Capital of Culture and to contribute consistently and consciously to the national and international promotion of Timisoara. Reaching culture and attracting new categories of the public does not mean the promotion of an easier culture, but, on the contrary, the continuous increase in the artistic excellence of public cultural institutions. Girls Philharmonic addresses all these development trends in a strategic and organic way. It is the most ambitious program of charity since 1989. We have great work with the participation of many musicians and at a time when we are facing multiple crises, you will see that this program is positive, that music and culture have something to say in this difficult world”, stated Timisoara Mayor Dominique Fritz.

In turn, the director of the institution, Ovidiu Andriș, stated that the Banat Philharmonic will conclude the 2021-2022 season with 50 symphony concerts, 31 concerts, 14 concerts, partnership concerts and four educational concerts by locally and internationally recognized artists.

About 20,000 spectators attended the events. They were also able to pay for their tickets with the card, unlike in previous years. Their access to the halls was easier due to the improved presentation and indications before the musical performances. They also took advantage of the Cultura Plus card with which they got discounts and access to cultural events in the city.

This year, the Philharmonic Girls aims to continue the development process by approaching a strategy that includes attracting new audiences, collaborating with national and international institutions, as well as internationally renowned musicians.

The Banat Philharmonic has begun collaborating with conductors Robert Farkas, Stefan Geiger, Gabriel Pepilía and Andrej Ionic for the year 2023. Also, lead conductor Christian Mecellaro will have a major artistic contribution this season.

A highlight for the coming year, when Timisoara exercises its title of European Capital of Culture, is the collaboration between the Daughters Philharmonic Orchestra and the cultural institutions of the German sister city Gera (Philharmonische Orchester Altenburg Gera, Operanchor des Theaters Altenburg Gera, Konzertchor des Musikgymnasiums Rutheneum). At the same time, there are many discussions with the National Orchester de France and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the George Enescu International Festival.

In the 2022-2023 season, the Banatul Philharmonic Foundation will organize five festivals: “Timișoara Muzicală” Festival – 47th edition (May 2023), Eufonia Festival – 6th edition (September 2023), Remus Georgescu International Festival – Competition – 9th edition (October 2023) , Early Music Festival – 17th Edition (November 2023) and “Kamo” Blues-Jazz Gala – 32nd Edition (September 2023)

Highlights of the 2022-2023 season:

Robert Farkas is principal conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest.

Party schedule: 09.12.2022, 27.01.2023, 07.04.2023, 16.06.2023

Translated works:

  • Bela Bartok – Hungarian sketches,
  • Franz Schubert – Symphony No. 9
  • Johannes Brahma – Symphony No. 3
  • Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 1

Stefan Geiger has been the principal conductor of the Sinfonica do Paraná orchestra in Brazil since 2016.

Party schedule: 18.10.2022, 17.02.2023, 21.04.2023, 26.05.2023

Translated works:

  • Bella Bartok – “Concerto for Orchestra”
  • Antonin Dvorak – Symphony No. 8
  • Igor Stravinsky – “Holy Spring”
  • Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 8

Gabriel Bibelia is principal conductor of the “Georges Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest and the State Orchestra of Transylvania in Cluj-Napoca.

Concert programme:

30.09.2022 – Opening of the 2022 season

  • Van Beethoven – Coral Fantasy
  • Mahler – Das Lied von der Erde

09.02.2023 – Nature

  • Bartok – Dances from Transylvania
  • Enescu – Symphony concert (soloist Andrei Ioniță, cello)
  • Enescu – Roman Poem

03.03.2023 – The Word

  • Strauss – Traumlicht
  • Strauss – 2 Gesänge Op.34/1: Der Abend
  • Wagner / Gottwald – Wesendonk Leader: Trume
  • Wagner / Mazel – Dear Ring on Wert

02.06.2023 – Reconciliation

04.08.2023 – Timisoara Day – “All people will become brothers”

  • Van Beethoven – Symphony 9 (Community Choir)

September 2023 – The Sun

  • Gorleader – A. Schöneberg

10.11.2023 – Iberian Moon

  • Fala – Nights in the Gardens of Spain
  • Rodrigo – Arangues (Rafael Aguirre – guitar)
  • I. Albeniz / G. Enescu – Spanish Rhapsody
  • M Ravel – Spanish Rhapsody

15.12.2023 – Memory

  • We remember the memory of the victims of the revolution

Andrei Ionic, resident soloist in 2023, is the gold medal winner of the 15th edition of the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition. The brilliant young cellist Andrei Ionic has been named “one of the most outstanding cellists of the past decade” by the prestigious Times of London .

Program of the symphony: 09.02.2222 conductor Gabriel Bibelia, 21.04.2023 conductor Stefan Geiger, conductor Robert Farkas 16.06.2023

Recital Program: 11.02.2023, 13.05.2023, 18.11.2023, 10.12.2023

Translated works:

  • Enescu – Symphony Concert
  • Khachaturian – cello concerto
  • Dohnányi – Konzertstück

Christian Messilaro is the 2020 Grammy Award winner in the “Best Solo Performance on an Instrument” category, for the album featuring works by Wynton Marsalis recorded with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, with solo violinist Nicola Benedetti.

Party schedule: 14.12.2022, 14.03.2023, 17.03.2023

Translated works:

R.Wagner Tristan and Isolde – Prelude and Liebestod, Overtura la opera Tannhäuser

  • Strauss – Vier letzte Lieder, Tod und Verklärung
  • Brahms – Symphony No. 4
  • Mahler – Symphony No. 3

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