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FEB 23., 2024


Long-time Mahler champion Gabriel Bebeșelea leads the "Transylvania" State Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra and the Junior VIP Children’s Choir in a performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3 on the 23rd of February, Mezzo Liza Kadelnik takes center stage as soloist in Mahler’s vast tribute to nature and love.


JAN 14, 2024


Gabriel Bebeșelea returns to the Bochumer Symphoniker for two concerts on the 18th and 19th of January. He will lead a programme comprising J.S. Bach’s cantata "O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort” BWV 60 and Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto in the first part, while in the second part "Mathis der Maler“ by Paul Hindemith will round up the evening’s programme. 


As soloists for Bach’s "O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort” cantata, Henriette Gödde, Patrick Grahl and Konstantin Wolff take center stage as soloists. Ilya Gringolts is the soloist for Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto.

DEC 11, 2023


In 2023 Timișoara is the European Capital of Culture and, on December 16th, it will commemorate 34 years since the anti-communist Revolution began in Timișoara and spread throughout Romania.

Seven countries in Central and Eastern Europe had, more or less violently, gone through Revolutions in 1989, that transformed them from communist dictatorships into democracies.

To mark this event, the "Banatul" Philharmonic Orchestra commissioned a collective Requiem in memory of the victims of communism and the '89 Revolution. The initiative for this project belongs to Gabriel Bebeșelea, who is the "Banatul" Philharmonic’s Conductor is Residence in 2023, and who will also conduct the Requiem’s premiere in Timișoara, on December 16th.

Since the Missa prodefunctis consists of 7 key moments, exactly the number of countries whose destiny changed after 1989, Gabriel Bebeșelea thought it is appropriate to choose the order of the parts of the Requiem in the chronological order of the beginning of the uprisings/revolutions, starting with Poland and ending with Romania: Zygmunt Krauze (Poland) - Introitus, Martin Smolka (Czech Republic) - Sequentia, Iris Szeghy (Slovakia) - Offertorio, Sven Helbig (East Germany) - Sanctus, Laszlo Tihanyi (Hungary) – Agnus Dei, Dobrinka Tabakova (Bulgaria) - Communio, Dan Dediu (Romania) – Responsorium.


NOV 14, 2023


Musica Ricercata Op.6 takes place between 16. - 30. November in Timișoara.


Starting from the slogan of the European Capital of Culture 2023, "Shine Your Light! Light up your city!", Musica Ricercata Op.6 presents the metaphorical illumination of Timișoara during the Age of Enlightenment. All the events in Musica Ricercata Op.6 "Lux Timisiensis" demonstrate the cultural synchronicity between Timișoara and Western Europe in the immediate period following Timișoara's liberation from the Ottoman occupation.

The festival kicks off on November 16th with a concert by Musica Ricercata under Gabriel Bebeselea’s direction and featuring the renowned countertenor Valer Sabadus. The festival will also feature prestigious artists such as the Academy of Ancient Music, Le Concert Spirituel, and violinist Elicia Silverstein, who will perform Heinrich Biber's complete Rosary Sonatas alongside organist and harpsichordist Marco Mencoboni.


Additionally, the festival will celebrate the Year of Dimitrie Cantemir with a concert by the Derya Türkan ensemble. Beyond the concerts and workshops, the festival will also be joined by the great poet Radu Vancu, who will engage in a discussion with the audience about the Enlightenment and its influence on Timișoara.


SEP 22, 23, 28, 29, 2023


Love, murder out of jealousy, rebellion against fate, reconciliation with fellow human beings and with nature - these are the themes that Arnold Schoenberg weaves together, sometimes with a song-like delicacy, sometimes with overwhelming musical power, in the concert piece with the largest ensemble in the entire orchestral literature: Gurre-Lieder.
Gabriel Bebeșelea leads over 400 instrumentalists and lyrical artists from Germany and Romania in performances of this monumental work on the 22. and 23. September at the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Gera and on the 28. and 29. September in the Roses' Park Timisoara.
Part of Timisoara's European Capital of Culture 2023 programme, the Gabriel Bebeșelea led production is performed by the "Banatul" Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir Timisoara, the Philharmonisches Orchester Altenburg Gera, the Opernchor des Theaters Altenburg Gera, Choir of the National Opera House Timisoara, the Konzertchor Rutheneum, the "Ion Vidu" National College of Art's Choir and features Roy Cornelius Smith (Waldemar), Michaela Kaune (Tove), Ruxandra Donose (Waldtaube), Cosmin Ifrim (Klaus Narr), Alejandro Lárraga Schleske / Bogdan Baciu (Peasant) and Johannes Schwärsk (the Narrator) as soloists.

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