Concert Video: My Dragobete Solo with Cununa Transilvană

Every year on February 24th, the Center for Conservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture sponsors a performance of young soloists in celebration of the pagan mythical character Dragobete, the Guardian of Love. This year, as a gesture of kindness and inclusion, the Center’s ethnomusicologist Mircea Câmpeanu and manager Marinela Zegrean invited me to take part as a Dragobete soloist.

It was a generous offer and tremendous opportunity. I not only performed on stage in front of a large audience with the fantastic orchestra Cunana Transilvană, but I also learned more about my own musicality. You can read more about that in my earlier blog post, Sounding Romanian: What’s behind musical accents?

The performance took place at the Students’ House of Culture (Casa de Cultura a Studenților) in Cluj. Cununa Transilvană is directed by the incomparable Ovidiu Barteș, and my song, an învârtita from Satu Mare, was orchestrated by Veronica Costantin under his tutelage. I thank AutenticFolclor for video taping the concert. You can watch the concert in its entirety at Folklore Autentic’s YouTube playlist called Dragobete 2016.

4 thoughts on “Concert Video: My Dragobete Solo with Cununa Transilvană

  1. Anita Bertsch Reply

    Good job Colleen!!!!
    I love it. I’ll try to watch the whole performance this weekend.

    Happy Easter

  2. John Omorean Reply

    I finally figured out how to get into this and respond. What a wonderful job and it is so nice to play behind such a great group of players. You make me want to dance.

  3. John Omorean Reply

    I watched this again for the fourth time and it still sounds good!

    1. Molly Reply

      I enjoy, cause I dioecvsred just what I used to be taking a look for. You have ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

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