The campaign we launched earlier this week to save the tumbledown house where George Enescu was raised has gathered momentum with a slot on Rumanian TV and signs of growing public interest.
The Enescu Festival, which takes place in September, is the hottest music date in the Rumanian calendar, replete with top talent. We’ve just heard that the Pittsburgh Symphony will visit this year with a programme that includes Strauss’ “Ein Heldenleben” and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Ms. Mutter solos in Dvorak’s Violin Concerto, Ms. Wang Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Mr. Grubinger Corigliano’s “Conjurer” concerto.
Ms Mutter’s single concert fee is about ten times the average Rumanian annual income. If the Pittsburg visitors were to donate an equivalent sum, it would save not only the Enescu House but also the Bucharest building that bears his name.
They might even rename one of them the Pittsburgh Enescu House…