On Friday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Myrna Loy Center for the Performing Arts, internationally-noted Romanian Cellist Ovidiu Marinescu will perform a special concert to benefit the Helena Symphony.  “After a wonderfully received performance last year with the Helena Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Marinescu offered to return to Helena as a gift to the Symphony and Helena audiences,” says Music Director Allan R. Scott.  “This is a rare opportunity for audiences to experience an artist of this caliber in an intimate setting performing a complete program.”

Mr. Marinescu will perform works by J.S. Bach, Prokofiev, and large set of tangos.  “The versatility of the cellos is truly fantastic,” explains Mr. Marinescu.  “I wanted to bring the incredible music composed for cello and share it with the Helena community, and to express my thanks for the music-making of the Helena Symphony.”

Following the performance, audiences are invited to a special reception with Mr. Marinescu in the lobby of the Myrna Loy Center.  Recordings of Mr. Marinescu will also be available after the concert, and the artist will be available to autograph recordings and programs.

One of the outstanding musicians of his native Romania, Mr. Marinescu made his American debut at Carnegie Hall, and then with the New York Chamber Symphony, and solo appearances in New York, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles.   In addition to appearing as soloist with nearly every orchestra throughout his native Romania, he has appeared with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Newark Symphony, Cleveland Philharmonic, and the Orquesta de Extremadura in Spain.  He has performed at festivals in Luzerne, Bayreuth, Chautauqua, South Bohemia, Italy, and throughout the United States.  Active as a chamber musician, Mr. Marinescu has given hundreds of performances with the Adirondack Ensemble and currently is a member of the celebrated Trio Casals.
Mr. Marinescu’s critically acclaimed recording Fiesta Latina was followed by a recording with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra.  His recently released recording of the Bach Cello Suites has received international praise.

Tickets to this special benefit concert for the Helena Symphony are $35 and seating is limited.  Tickets may be purchased online at helenasymphony.org, or by calling the Symphony Box Office (406.442.1860), or at the Symphony Box Office located at 48 Hibbard Way, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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