A century later, the country’s capital city of Bucharest, once known as the Paris of the East, has lived up to the queen’s motto by staging the most ambitious classical music festival Romania has ever seen. The Salzburg festival in Austria and the annual summer music festival in Lucerne, Switzerland, are more established classical music events on the European circuit. But the George Enescu Festival, now in its 21st edition, has been quietly but surely making a name for itself, aided by its artistic director Ioan Holender, the Romanian-born musician who directed the Vienna State Opera from 1992 to 2010. An estimated 4,500 people went to 150 concerts, and a record 120,000 tickets were sold for the September festival that drew important orchestras from Europe and the United States. Enescu, who died in 1955, was a Romanian composer, violinist and conductor who moved to Paris when the communists came to power. The festival always begins and ends with his compositions. Some of the tickets sold out in hours. Concerts were even offered as part of the itinerary for a classical music- themed cruise on the Danube that also included concerts in Salzburg and Budapest for a pricey 7,000 euros ($9,450). “I was struck by how prominent (the festival) is in Romanian cultural life,” said Noah Bendix Balgley, concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which played on Sept. 2 and 3. He called the “audience energy and response … incredible,” noting that the hall was standing-room only. Other orchestras in the festival’s lineup were the Orchestre de Paris, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, The Munich Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Berlin and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which played Brahms and Enescu in a concert conducted by Vladimir Jurowsky. Romanian math teacher Elena Ungureanu went to eight concerts. “There was a very high standard of music and the soloists and orchestras were special,” she said.
I use color, texture, metal forming techniques and stones to get a specific mood across. Talk about the creative process and what role music plays for you. So much of the preparation to work, for me, is about mood- my surroundings, the art on the walls, the music playing, the lighting, the colors around me. Its all about the cultivation of mood. And jewelry itself, the purpose of it, for me, is just that, as well. To incite a mood in the wearer that makes him or her feel beautiful and empowered. Beauty and mood beget beauty and mood. I set the tone of the workspace with music. Good tunes are a must for a productive work day. I usually choose something that is reflective of the pieces that Im making. For example, if I am hammering big bronze cuffs and need to cultivate some strength, I want high energy music with a good beat to smack that hammer to! Maybe Janes Addiction or Florence and the Machine. If I am making a soulful necklace to commemorate a lost loved one, I will put on music that is more ethereal and reflective, such as Lhasa de Sela, Zero 7 or Jose Gonzales. A sultry gift that will lay against the skin of someones beloved might be best inspired by some Erykah Badu, Iron and Wine or Lykke Li. How do you get inspired?
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The substance abuse is still a crucial facet of her life story, but the music she left behind is why we remain interested in her. Jimi Hendrix: The rock guitar god reinvented the instrument to such an extent that admirers even peers as celebrated as Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck still express their awe of what he did before he died in 1970 of asphyxiation. His drug use both fueled and hampered his musical innovations, but more than four decades after his death hes remembered far more for his instrumental wizardry than his substance abuse. Jim Morrison : The Doors singer and main lyricist battled drug and alcohol addiction before his death of heart failure at 27 in 1971. He was dogged at the end of his life by a Florida conviction for indecent exposure and public intoxication a debacle that at least in part prompted his move from the U.S. to Parisand decades after he died, his name was central to legal wranglings among his former bandmates over use of the groups music for commercial purposes. Today hes widely regarded as perhaps the quintessential antihero of the ’60s rock scene for the dark edge his words brought to the bands music. It also helped tilt the worlds view of Morrison that he and the band were lionized by filmmaker Oliver Stone, both in Stones prominent placement of Doors music in his 1986 film about the Vietnam War , Platoon, as well as the 1991 biopic The Doors. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 John Lennon: The smart Beatle had his downs along with many ups before Mark David Chapman gunned him down outside his apartment in New York in 1980, at age 40. He went through a much publicized, endlessly analyzed lost weekend of debauchery in Los Angeles during his separation from Yoko Ono in the mid-1970s, but they reconciled and had a son, Sean Ono Lennon, who reignited much of Lennons zest for life before his death. Still, Lennons reputation rests with the songs he created with the Beatles and during his solo years, and his endearing wit, rather than his all-too-human transgressions. Kurt Cobain: With Nirvana , Cobain ushered in a new age of rock grunge in the early 1990s that brought both new vitality and a hardened punk skepticism into the mainstream with the breakthrough hit Smells Like Teen Spirit. Cobain, however, was unable to reconcile the pressures and demands that came with the groups fame and fortune, and still stands as one of pops tragic figures for whatever demons drove him to commit suicide at age 27 in 1994. Amy Winehouse: Englands neo-soul singer impressed audiences and critics with her vocal chops, but often appeared to be a disaster waiting to happen in terms of her off-stage life. Winehouses blatant refusal to seek treatment resulted in a powerful pop hit with her single Rehab They tried to make be go to rehab, but I said No, no, no but ultimately brought her life and career to a screeching halt in 2011 when she overdosed. Two years later the music, thanks to additional material released posthumously, has raised her standing as a massively talented singer above the tabloid headlines she generated during her brief time in the spotlight.