Introducing ClassiX Festival 2021: concerts and debates

The second edition of ClassiX Festival takes place in Iași, Romania, between the 14th and the 18th of March. An interdisciplinary festival, bringing together the diplomatic environment, art, culture and business, ClassiX marks the revitalization of artistic experiences in the (soon to arrive) post-pandemic social context. Under the Artistic Directorship of Dragoș Cantea, ClassiX Festival announces the start of a new contemporary classic affair.

Festival program:

On Sunday, March 14, at 19:30, the Classix Aeterna concert will take place at the Roman Catholic Cathedral “Holy Virgin Mary, Queen” in Iași. The artists that will perform are: Dragoș Andrei Cantea – piano, Filip Papa – cello, Andrei Chirilă – violin, Mihai Ailenei – clarinet. This event marks the Iasi premiere of the composition of Olivier Messiaen – The Quartet for the End of Time, one of the most important Christian works in the modern chamber repertoire, preceded by a sound meditation under the signature of Arvo Pärt.The video projections inside the cathedral define the syncretic experience and offer a visual trait that has already become a distinct feature of the festival.

On Monday, March 15, at 19:00, the Kaleidoscopic Trends concert will take place in the Hall of the Central University Library “Mihai Eminescu”, an event realized with the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum. With an effervescence that closely illustrates the contemporary classic adventure, the Viennese Artio Trio debuts in Romania. The concert program includes the Trio in B flat major for clarinet (violin), cello and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven, Kurt Estermann – Fragments I for violin, cello and piano (2019) and Antonín Dvořák – Trio Nr. 4 in E minor, op. 90 “Dumky”.

On Tuesday, March 16, at 19:00, the Tango vs. Jazz concert will take place in the Foyer of the Palace of Culture in Iași. With the support of the Bucharest Czech Center, the guest artists represent an effervescent and original duo: Kristina Vocetková – cello and Milan Řehák – accordion. The feelings and passion of the tango intertwine with elements of jazz and Prague aristocracy in the concert repertoire: Astor Piazzolla – Libertango, Milonga del angel, Oblivion, Le Grand Tango, Ave Maria, Escualo and José Bragato: Graciela y buenos aires & Milontan.

Wednesday, March 17, at 19:00, the Intimate Echoes concert takes place, in the Hall of the Technical University „Gh. Asachi” from Iași. The event is held in partnership with the French Institute. The intimate space of the hall will be the ideal host of a seductive and profound recital by Rémi Jousselme, a world-renowned French guitarist, defined by interdisciplinarity. The compositions performed during the concert are: Joaquín Rodrigo – Tiento Antiguo, Joaquin Turina – Ràfaga, Jacques Duphly – La Forqueray, La De la Tour, Rondeau Tendre, La Millettina, Maurice Ravel – Pavane pour une infante défunte and Federico Mompou, from “Compostelana Suite”: Prelude, Coral, Canción, Muñeira.

On Thursday, March 18, at 19:00, the closing concert of the festival, Classix In Perpetuum takes place in the “Henri Coandă” hall of the Palace of Culture. The event is organized in partnership with the German Cultural Center from Iași. The pianist Alexander Krichel presents two suites: the virtuoso exhibition of sound paintings – Paintings from an exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky and the fusion between Romanian folklore and impressionist tendencies in Suite No. 2 for piano in D major, op. 10 composed by George Enescu.

The Classix-In-Focus series of educational dialogues will take place online:

Tuesday, March 16, and Wednesday, March 17, from 13:00 to 15:00 (EET) – live, on the Facebook page of the Classix Festival. The sessions mark dialogues with entities such as Steinway & Sons, the Nordic Baltic Act-in-Art network and the Dextra Foundation of DNB Sparebankstiftelsen, one of the most important Nordic banking institutions, actively involved in Scandinavian cultural life. These debates are kindly supported by The Norwegian-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Romania.

The events will be broadcast online on the Facebook pages of the organizers.
The public will be able to attend the concerts in the concert halls, which are limited to 30% of their capacity. Tickets will be available today, starting with 19.00 hrs (Romanian time) on