"Enescu and Youth" is a tribute to the extensive and important work that the composer and violinist George Enescu undertook with young people throughout his career and life. It will share Enescu's extraordinary creative legacy with a new generation of students, artists and audiences.
The production will include performances of some of Enescu's best chamber music, as well as the radio play "Tales of Enescu" (presented as a live on-stage performance piece) telling the story of one of the most important and beautiful artistic friendships of the 20th century: that of the adult Romanian musical genius Enescu with the American child prodigy Yehudi Menuhin.
"Enescu and Youth" will be performed in the Mannes College Concert Hall on Friday, 24 October, 2008 at 7.30pm. The program will be recorded for use in a later broadcast/program for the WFMT Radio Network. It is being prepared in collaboration with two branches of The New School for Social Research: Mannes College of Music and Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts -- and with the WFMT Radio Network and the Romanian Cultural Institute.
The two-hour program will include three primary segments:
// an on-stage conversation with noted pianist and educator Lory Wallfisch -- sharing personal memories of her dear friends and colleagues, Enescu and Menuhin;
// a staged-reading of the radio play, "Tales of Enescu" (written by John Sorensen and directed by Zishan Ugurlu of Eugene Lang College);
// performances of two key Enescu musical works by excellent Romanian-born Mannes students: the 1st Piano Sonata (Matei Varga, pianist) and the 3rd Piano and Violin Sonata (Bogdan Dulu, pianist).
The event will also include a brief tribute to the memory of noted Enescu scholar, Prof. David Williams, to whom this event is dedicated in honor of his many great contributions to the sharing of George Enescu's music with young people across the globe, from Iowa to Romania.