Extraordinary symphonic concert dedicated to the National Day of Culture

Extraordinary symphonic concert dedicated to the National Day of Culture

The Faculty of Music and Theater within UVT, in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Design, are preparing to offer the public an unforgettable artistic experience, an impressive show of music, theater and visual arts, integrated in a unique concept.

The event will take place on January 15 2024, starting with at 19:00, in The Capitol Hall of the Banat Philharmonic and promises to be a true artistic royalty.

The rector of UVT, Marilen Gabriel Pirtea: "After a cultural year in which Timișoara was at the epicenter of the European cultural scene, our community begins the cultural agenda of the year 2024 with an event show, offered by the teachers and students of the vocational faculties of the University of the West of Timisoara. We invite you to participate in this high-class artistic event, which UVT offers to the people of Timisoara with the joy specific to the celebration of the National Day of Culture".

The symphonic concert will be performed by the Orchestra and Choir of the Faculty of Music and Theater from the Faculty of Music and Theater - FMT of UVT, under the baton of maestro Christian Câșleanu, from Germany, PhD student of the West University of Timișoara. The soloists, selected from among FMT students for this special event, are: Cristian Bălășescu, Anca Boenjiu, Maria Boldan, Evelyn Bojic, Samira Bulz, Anamaria Buțurcă, Raluca Dalea, Iulia Dobre, Darius Gruiță, Paula Harca, David Hirsch, Laurențiu Hnatiuc, Ilinca Manole, Dumitresc Mihály, Andreea Niță, Sarai Sălăjan, Dominique Simionescu, Violeta Tiponuţ, Alex Ticula and Grossek Tijja.

The preparation of the students of the opera class was carried out by:

  • Choir master: lect. university Dr. Darius-Divian Iordănescu
  • Director: lect. university Dr. Nicolae Mihai Brânzeu
  • Musical training: assistant. Dr. Szabolcs Hermann
  • Accompanying tutors: lect. university Dr. Marcela-Sorina Costea, lect. university dr. Dianna-Luminița Vasiu, cda. Dr. Rareș Paltineanu

Between the musical moments, the first-year students, majoring in Acting, the Romanian language section, under the guidance of the actress cda. Dr. Laura Avarvari, will perform sonnets written by Mihai Eminescu, to keep alive the memory of the great Romanian writer among young people. Thus, the students will recite: Theodora Afrim, Teodora Arapu, Karina Băncescu, Andreea Broscaru, Ileana Căpraru, Ancuța Cosovanu, Benjamin Hegyi, Dorothea Lazăr, Andreea Lungu, Sergiu Luțai, Ștefania Marinescu, Denis Matei, George Șiclovan and Ana Maria Secheșan.

Also, in the foyer on the 1st floor of the Philharmonic, we invite you to a visual art exhibition with works made by the students of the Faculty of Arts and Design of UVT, coordinated by prof. Dr. Remus Rotaru.

Tickets can be purchased online at event page in the MyTicket platform  and from the Banatul Philharmonic cashier.

We are waiting for you!


About the conductor

Christian Câșleanu was born in Germany in a family with a musical tradition of Romanian origin and started playing the piano at an early age. Over time, he conducted symphony orchestras such as Rheinische Philarmonie Koblenz, Würtembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Sinfonieorchester Aachen (Germany), Limburgs Symfonie Orkest (Netherlands), Balkan Symphony Orchestra (Italy), Filamonica "Mihail Jora" Bacău, Teatrul " Nae Leonard" Galați and the Royal Camerata Bucharest (Romania).

Christian specialized in the opera repertoire, starting with the most important classical works and ending with contemporary works. He collaborated with theaters such as Opera Bonn, Aachen, Düsseldorf, Lüneburg (Germany), Opera National de Lorraine in Nancy (France), Opera Zuyd Maastricht, Opera Conservatorium Maastricht (Netherlands) in productions such as "Cosi fan tutte", "Le Nozze di Figaro", "La finta giardiniera" (Mozart), "Jerusalem" (Verdi), "Siegfried" (Wagner), "Neues vom Tage" (Hindemith), Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss) or "Anatevka/Fiddler on the roof" (Bock). He obtained two bachelor degrees in music, in conducting and piano, from the Conservatorium Maastricht (Netherlands). He also specialized in orchestral conducting, completing his master's studies with Arjan Tien at the same institute. At the same time, he perfected his studies with Per Borin (Musikhochschule Stuttgart) and Ovidiu Balan (European Arts Academy).

Recently, he worked as an assistant conductor with the DSO Berlin, the Orchester National de France, the National Radio Orchestra of Romania and regularly collaborates with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln. His outstanding talent and passion for music have cemented his position in the world of international conductors.


About the program

The work of George Grigoriu opens the evening with the music from the operetta "Valurile Danării" and, after each musical work, we will be enveloped by the spirit of the writer Mihai Eminescu. A carefully chosen sonnet will ring out after each opus, adding a poetic and emotional touch, thus enhancing the musical moments.

We continue the journey with the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and during this musical foray, you will have the opportunity to revel in outstanding arias such as "Sull'aria ... Che soave zeffiretto", "Là ci darem la mano", "Pa pa pa", "Zu Hilfe!/Stirb Ungeheuer" and "Hm hm hm".

From the music of Gaetano Donizetti, the students will bring to the audience the Enrico and Serafina duet from "Il Campanello", the passionate arias "Che interminabile andirivieni" and "Per te d'immenso giubilo", as well as the sextet from "Lucia di Lammermoor".

We then return with the charming music of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Third "Scottish" Symphony Op. 56 will end this exceptional evening.

We invite you to join us for this memorable evening on a musical, visual and poetic journey full of beauty and emotion.



West University of Timișoara – Faculty of Music and Theater and Faculty of Arts and Design;

Cultural partners:

Banatul Timișoara Philharmonic, Timișoara City Hall, European Capital of Culture, Timișoara 2023.


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