Men have built themselves societies, developing on every aspect of life. After centuries of continuous evolution, we have come to improve our settlements by equipping cities with all forms of comfort. Today we can easily have access to both work and entertainment sources. An example worth to be mentioned is a symbol for good taste and culture: the philharmonic.
The city of Iasi, which is the cultural capital of Romania’s region, Moldavia, concentrates a full package of elements that represent art in all its forms. Among valuable examples such as the Romanian National Theatre or the Romanian National Opera, Moldova State Philharmonic comes to complete a long number of important entertainment sources that the inhabitants of Iasi are right to take pride in. This institution with permanent artistic activity emerged in 1918, wearing the name of the illustrious Romanian musician, George Enescu. Its inaugural concert took place on the 9th of October, 1942, and it had as first director Radu Constantinescu. During its first decade, the symphonic orchestra of Iasi has built its rich repertoire as a basis of its future personal interpretative style. 1953 is another year that marks an important moment in the Philharmonic’s evolution, being the time when the choir was created. Is wears the name of the great Romanian composer and bandmaster Gavriil Musicescu, and it made possible the interpretation of famous works of Mozart, Haydn, and Carl Orff, which were performed in the city of Iasi for the first time due to this talented group.
Let’s talk about what turns the abstract into something concrete. What is it that makes a dream palpable and a feeling come to life? What has the power of not only freezing an instant, but of transposing us back in time, merging the present with whatever moment in the past? Such unique greatness is what God has given us hearing for. Just as rain infiltrates into the dry ground to reach the root of a flower, so does music caress our senses to make its way to our soul. This is why among the altars raised in the world of men one is dedicated to this immortal goddess, strongly anchored to eternity under an illustrious name: The National Opera.
George Enescu (born on the 19 th of August 1881 – Varnav, Botosani, Romania – deceased on the 4th of May 1955 – Paris, France) is considered to be Romania’s visiting card, for as much as regardless of nationality, every pianist has heard at least once of the great Romanian composer, violinist, pianist, and bandmaster. Ever since his childhood his vocation was established, being the only child, from the eight of their parents Costache and Maria Enescu, who beat death.
The Jurac child, as his parents endeared him, manifested since his childhood an extraordinary affinity for the world of music. At the early age of four he learned to handle the violin, and at the age of five he participated in his first concert. His music trajectory was filled with the basic notions by her parents and by the fiddler Nicolae Chioru. The brilliance which he earned ever since his childhood can be easily approved in his own lines which he invokes at the age of maturity:
“At the age of four I could read, write, multiply, and substract. It wasn’t my merit though, ’cause I loved learning, and had the fright of almost all games, especially the brutal ones; I was finding them useless, feeling I was wasting time; I was running from noise and vulgarity, and more than anything I was feeling some sort of inborn fear in front of life. Strange child, isn’t it so?”