What is "The Traveling Piano"
The Traveling Piano, Horia Mihail's amazing tour returns after last year's success with a new edition which will take place from 21st May to 30th June 2012.
For 50 days, in 22 concerts and recitals taking place in 20 cities in Romania, with a post scriptum in Chisinau, on 11th June, at the ''Nopti pianistice''(Piano Nights) International Festival, pianist Horia Mihail will cross the country from East to West, getting from Baia Mare to Caracal and from Mamaia to Sânnicolau Mare.
The traveling piano will accompany him on the journey to some of these cities, in which there aren't state of the art concert pianos that can allow such events to take place. On 30th June, in the city in which the well known composer Béla Bartók was born, The traveling piano the second piano, a concert Bluthner offered by The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company for this project planned to last three years, initiated and organized by Radio Romania Cultural and the Cultural Association Accendo will be left at the disposal of the local community of Sânnicolau Mare.
The first edition of this tour took place in April 2011 in 12 cities around the country and celebrated 200 years since the birth of Franz Liszt. It was modeled after the tour held by the famous composer and piano player between the years 1846 and 1847 in the Romanian Countries. If Liszt traveled and had concerts on an Erard piano which accompanied him everywhere, the traveling piano', a concert Steinway, left the Radio Hall with the piano player Horia Mihail and the accompanying technical crew towards cities which hadn't those types of instruments - Hunedoara, Deva, Alba Iulia, Dumbraveni, and it will remain, after this series of successful recitals at Traube Hall in Medias, where it was assigned to the local community for a period of three years.
A year ago, Horia Mihail declared: ''I've arrived at the end of an impressive journey. The audience in all the cities I've been to received us with a lot of enthusiasm, with a lot of interest and for me it was an extraordinary experience, one I can't wait to repeat. Parting with the piano, which has become a friend throughout this journey, is hard, but the joy I feel for giving it the life it needed makes this sadness disappear.'' The second 'Traveling piano' tour gives to Horia Mihail the joy of repeating this experience, bringing it to a new dimension, with a richer and more challenging program of recitals and concerts with the orchestra. It starts on 21st May at Medias, from the hall the tour ended last year. The itinerary can be tracked on www.pianulcalator.ro or on the public radio frequencies.
The Traveling Piano Itinerary 2012:
Medias - 21st May, Traube Hall
Dumbraveni - 22nd May, Armenian Cathedral
Sighisoara - 23rd May, Cultural Centre
Mamaia - 17th June, Radio Vacanta
Buzau - 18th June, George Ciprian Theatre
Focsani - 19th June, Dramatic Theatre
Roman - 20th June, Cultural Centre
Caracal - 26th June, Dramatic Theatre
Sânnicolau Mare - 30th June, Cultural Centre
Brasov - 27th May, Reduta Cultural Centre Hall
Oradea - 2nd June, Philarmonic Hall
Baia Mare - 3rd June, Rotary Concert Hall of the Baia Mare Arts High School
Cluj-Napoca - 5th June, Hungarian Opera
Pitesti - 8th June, Cultural Centre
Bucuresti - 12th June, Radio Hall
Iasi - 24th June, Ion Baciu Hall of Universitary Library Mihai Eminescu Orchestra
Târgu Mures - 31st May, Palace of Culture.
Brasov - 7th June, Military Circle.
Bucuresti - 15th June, Radio Hall.
Bacau - 22nd June, Athenaeum.
Timisoara - 28th June, Capitol Hall.
Chisinau - 11th July, Harmonium Hall.