Over 3,000 music lovers attended the 17th edition of the cave concert at Romanesti, Timis County (western Romania) violinist Florin Ionescu-Galati and his father Maestro Ilarion Ionescu-Galati, as the conductor were the special quests this year.
The cave concert scheduled an overture of The Marriage of Figaro, solo variations by G. Tartini-Fr. Kreisler, gypsy tunes by Sarasate, a Slavonic Dance by Dvoral, Fragments From The Ballet The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky, and it ended in the Imperial Waltz by Johann Strauss.
The Cave of Ramanesti is the single in Romania, and among few in Europe, where symphonic, rock, jazz, blues or electronic music concerts are given, on every first Sunday of October. The fine weather this year pushed the event towards end of the month, so that the bat population finding shelter in the cave should not be disturbed, during mating season.
There is much moisture in the Cave where temperature is 14 Celsius degrees, day and night, all over the year. For this reason and lest disturb the bats, which found shelter there, concerts take one or two hours, at the longest.
Romanesti Cave’s legend says that long time ago a shepherded was killed and taken away the sheep by his son. The old shepherd’s spirit has been weeping and haunting the Cave and the surroundings, ever since.
Like every year, this year’s edition of the cave concert were organized by the Tinmisoara Cultural Academic Foundation, the Banatul Philharmonics and the Speotimis Association, and the Timis County Council and the Timisioara Tomesti local council.