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February 3, 2013 by Zoe Rădulescu
Pro Musica Choir
The choir was founded in 1873 in relation with the creation of the gymnasioum “Ienachita Vacarescu”. G. Rusu conducted the choir from 1892 – 1943 under the name of “Reuniunea muzicala a cantarii”. From 1919 – 1990, it was named “Cantarea Romaniei”. In 1990 it changed the name and became “Pro Musica T Choir”. Its repertoire is composed of secular, catholic and orthodox songs and also of choral music from the international repertoire. During the last 20 years it sang with the Romanian singers: Petrescu, Agachi, Carje, Ohanesian, Harasteanu, Marineascu, Georgescu, Iurascu etc. Many composers wrote songs for the choir (Botez, Paladi, Popescu, Romascanu, Doncescu etc.).
It performed in national competitions and events: “Ion Vidu” Festival-Lugoj (1982); centenary of Ciprian Porumbescu from Bucharest and Suceava (1983); 600 anniversary of Pitesti (1988). It toured in Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, France. In France it performed the most important concerts in Strasbourg for the European Council and at the Cathedral. In 1993 it was in North of Italy, in 1994 again in France for the 120 years of the choir’s activities. In 1994 it took part in the festival “Timotei Popovici” in Sibiu. In 1995, 1996, 1997 it went again to France and then in Spain.
Florin Nicolae Emil Badea is doctor in Musicology, degree obtained at the National University of Music of Bucharest in 2004. He began his musical carrier as violin player in the Chindia Ensemble of Targoviste, but the teaching vocation placed him in the education area. Since 1998 he works at the Valahia University of Targoviste – Faculty of Siences and Arts.
Florin Nicolae Emil Badea will conduct the choir replacing Gheorghe Dimancea who recently passed away. The choir`s performances will be dedicated to their past conductor.