Posted by: Joelle El Bittar | December 11, 2011

An enchanting performance by the Romanian “Arton” String Quartet at YCC Zouk Mikael


The Embassy of Romania and the Romanian Cultural Institute ended the
Romanian Cultural Days in Lebanon on Saturday, December 10, 2011 by a
special collaboration with The Youth and Culture Center in Zouk Mikael
that gave fruit of an outstanding quartet concert. Three Romanians and a Polish
decorated the stage  where soft music, magical ambiance
and serenity became intertwined to charm the very large public, of which
His Excellency Mr. Daniel Tanase, Romanian Ambassador to Lebanon, Mr.
Nouhad Naufal, Mayor of Zouk Mikael, His Excellency Dr. Elias Hanna,
former Minister of State, Mukhtara Josiane Khalil, president of the
League of Mukhtars of Kesrouan-Ftouh, Mr. Joseph Kmeid, Dr. Maroun
Massaad and Mr. Joseph Salamouni, board members of the City of Zouk
Mikael, the First Secretary at the Romanian Embassy Dr. Dan Stoenescu,
Ms. Amal Haddad, former barrister of the Bar Association, Ms. Denise Abu
Maachar, member of the municipal council of Jounieh, Ms. Wafa Abed,
president of the Institute of Progressive Women, Mr. Tony Danayan,
president of the Lions Club Beirut Code, Mr. Melhem Saber, president of
the association Romania Levant, Ms. Antoinette Mrad, president of the
association Smile Together Association, Ms. Sarah Bou Sleiman, Treasurer of MEPI
Lebanon Alumni Association and an expert crowd that appreciates and
enjoys classical music.


Maria Magdalena Sokola, Manuela Maria Buciumas, Ondin Brezeanu and
Silviu Gabriel Gherasimescu played with a fairytale passion inspired with
no doubt by the charming town of Zouk Mikael who always managed to carry
the cultural supporters away from the chaos of everyday life. The
ensemble interpreted the largest pieces signed Ciprian Porumbescu,
Constantin Dimitrescu, Grigoras, Dinicu, Béla Bartók, Alfred
Alessandrescu and many other Romanian and foreign composers. This
performance granted the classical music the best setting ever with its
inspiring, yet magical atmosphere. The audience seemed enchanted, not
a single distraction sign on any of  the 120 spectators blended
together in harmony no matter the generation they come from! What
brought them to this concert? Indeed their love for classical music
and for folkloric Romanian music!

This concert was preceded by a donation of Romanian books to the public library
of Zouk Mikael made by the Romanian Embassy and the Romanian Cultural
Institute, another initiative that makes the town of Zouk Mikael an ambassador
of the Romanian culture in Lebanon.


Several other collaborations are planned for 2012 between the YCC, the
Embassy of Romania and the Romanian Cultural Institute to push even
further the intercultural dialogue between Lebanon and Romania.

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