Cristian Macelaru conducting the National Symphony Orchestra of Romania at Michigan State (Photo credit: Virgil Oprina)
The National Symphony Orchestra of Romania, led by conductor Cristian Macelaru, embarked on their first-ever U.S. tour on January 6, 2019! The tour honored the 100th anniversary of the unification of Romania and Transylvania. In the past two weeks, the orchestra performed 5 concerts with young Romanian cellist Andrei Ionita, winner of the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition, and 2 concerts in New York City, marking the orchestra’s New York debut in an epic collaboration with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. See below for tour highlights!
The first concert was at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The NSOR then traveled to Fort Myers, Florida for the second concert. After, they were off to Gainesville, Florida for a performance at the University of Florida Performing Arts Phillips Center.
Our Romanians had a great time in Florida!
New York City was the tour’s next stop, for the two performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Legendary musician Wynton Marsalis gave the NSOR and Macelaru the most gracious welcome, as they prepared to play Marsalis’ symphony “The Jungle.”
The concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center were a sold-out success!
Next stop … Michigan State, for a performance at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts in East Lansing, where Macelaru and NSOR were joined again by Andrei Ionita.
The last performance of the magnificent tour was at the State Theatre New Jersey.
The Romanian press also covered the tour, check out the links below: