George Enescu International Festival, together with Cantus Mundi National Program and the real estate consultancy company CBRE Romania is, for the first time, initiating a project whose focus is to bring classical music into the city's neighbourhoods, closer to the general public. The project is entitled The City is singing and will adorn Bucharest in a musical garment during the entire course of George Enescu International Festival, respectively between August 31st - September 23rd, 2019. Hence, every tourist or resident of Bucharest will be able to enjoy the fabulous experience that the festival creates on each edition.
“Enescu would sing both in villages and on the big scenes of the world for the joy of sharing his music. The city is singing is the response to this idea. The festival focuses on maintaining people’s interest and recognition for classical music. It also aims at preserving and promoting Enescu's exceptional gift. "The city is singing" shows that classical music can be a rhythm suited to contemporary life, a companion for daily activities and continues the great composer's effort to bring music everywhere”, stated Mihai Constantinescu, director of George Enescu International Festival.
Over 30 event spaces (parks, museums, shopping centres, but also office buildings in Bucharest) will vibrate from the energy of classical music, provided by choirs and instrumentalists who are part of the Cantus Mundi National Program, throughout the entire festival.
"The Enescu and Cantus Mundi Festival are joining forces this year to produce the largest street performance of classical music in a Romanian city. There will be music coming from the souls of thousands of children, who, owing to these events, will have access to culture and will be put in the spotlight showing all their adorableness, innocence and talent. We hope that people from Bucharest will be pleased to see their city singing and we welcome the access to the largest program of social integration through music, the National Program Cantus Mundi, at the most important cultural event in Romania - George Enescu International Festival”, stated Emil Pantelimon, Manager of the National Chamber Choir "Madrigal - Marin Constantin".
There will be musicians in parks, in each sector of Bucharest: Regele Mihai I al României Park (Sector 1), State Circus Park (Sector 2), Unirii Park (Sector 3), Tineretului Park (Sector 4), Sebastian Park (Sector 5) and Drumul Taberei Park (Sector 6). Moreover, the artists will hold concerts in four museums: Bucharest City Museum, Theodor Aman Museum, Age Museum - Filipescu-Cesianu House, Nicolae Minovici Museum, as well as in four shopping centers - Baneasa Shopping City, Mega Mall, Afi Cotroceni and Sun Plaza.
The classical music will also be present in the office spaces with the support of CBRE Romania, which manages 20 office buildings, as well as the Sun Plaza Mall in Bucharest. CBRE Romania will facilitate the access of musicians in buildings and will host the classical music mini-concerts held by the artists of the Cantus Mundi National Program in these unconventional spaces, thus following the company's vision to add value to the human component of the spaces they manage. The mini-concerts will be programmed during lunch breaks, by rotation, in all the buildings. Furthermore, in order to increase its presence in the city, CBRE Romania will support the co-operation of other musicians or orchestras that will integrate with the schedule of the Cantus Mundi National Program.
“On each edition of George Enescu Festival, we witnessed an astonishing transformation of the city. This year, in the same spirit that defines us, we took a step forward from supporters to facilitators for experiencing classical music. We believe that workplaces should accommodate people's interests and include both pragmatic and complementary aspects, which add value to their life. We do this every day with our partners and clients, which naturally led to the new approach of the support that CBRE offers to the fabulous Enescu Festival in 2019”, stated Răzvan Iorgu, General Manager of CBRE Romania.
The city is singing is a project developed by the Cantus Mundi National Program through the National Chamber Choir "Madrigal - Marin Constantin", with the support of CBRE Romania and under the aegis of George Enescu International Festival.
About CBRE Romania
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2017 revenue). The company has more than 80,000 employees (excluding affiliates) and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. In Romania, CBRE is a leader in the commercial real estate segment and offers an extensive range of integrated services including transaction management and coordination, project management, Design and Build services, property management, investment management, evaluation, property lease, strategic consulting, property sales, mortgage services and development services. For further information please visit www.cbre.ro.
About Cantus Mundi
Established by the Decision no. 285 / 17.05.2018 of the General Council of the Municipality of Bucharest, The Cantus Mundi Bucharest Program takes place for the development of the choral movement in the Capital, so that, in the next period, 300 new choirs will gather over 9,000 children and young people from Bucharest, motivated to be part of a prestigious and inclusive cultural movement.
Cantus Mundi Bucharest is implemented within the National Program Cantus Mundi and is developed in partnership with Bucharest City Hall, through PROEDUS - Center for Educational and Sports Projects.
The Cantus Mundi National Program is the largest social integration program through music in Romania, initiated by the well-known conductor Ion Marin and performed with members of the National Chamber Choir "Madrigal - Marin Constantin". Following 8 years of activity, the Cantus Mundi National Program gathered over 1,170 choirs. Over 40,000 children, along with their conductors, participate in promoting choral singing throughout the country, overcoming barriers related to ethnicity, social condition and physical or mental capacities, thus building complex cultural nuclei, necessary for the reactivation of our society.