Dear friends of SoNoRo,

I wish you a warm “Welcome!” at the 13th edition of the SoNoRo Festival. This year we want to delight you again, first in Bucharest, then in Cluj-Napoca, Timișoara, Brașov and Sibiu.
SIDE EFFECTS is the title through which we aim to conquer you, convince you and, as usual, surprise you. VERTIGO, LUNATIQUE, HANGOVER, SOMETHING BORROWEDSOMETHING BLUE, CRIMES OF PASSIONS or DEL AMOR Y OTROS DEMONIOS are just some of the concert titles of this edition, each representing a special program, performed by some of the world’s most appreciated artists.
For the first time at the SoNoRo Festival you will be able to meet the violinists Pavel Vernikov, Svetlana Makarova, Anna Liisa Bezrodny or Jonian Kadesha, the violist Meghan Cassidy, the cellists Kyrill Zlotnikov or Jan-Erik Gustaffson, the guitarist Alberto Mesirca or the pianist Marianna Shirinyan.
As you already know from the previous years, we will relaunch the invitation to discover with us, on the first Sunday of the festival, new sonorous spaces in Bucharest. This time we start off from the spectacular attic from Caru’ cu Bere, continue in the gracious Palace of Mogoşoaia and draw the curtain into the astonishing Halucinarium Gallery.
At Bragadiru Palace we have prepared a South-American “feu d’artifice”, alongside the Venezuelan violinist Alexis Cardenas and the members of the Recoveco group, all of them being Cuban-Parisians.
We are honored to have with us again the great French director Bruno Monsaingeon, who will release his latest movie – Mstislav Rostropovich – L’archet indomptable – in the atrium of the French Institute. Do not hesitate to ask him, during the discussion prior to the projection, about his meetings with Glenn Gould, Sviatoslav Richter, Gilles Apap, David Oistrah, Gennadi Roshdestvenski, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, or Mstislav Rostropovich.
We are also happy to return to Cluj-Napoca with four concerts that will reveal to our audience the diverse and captivating “side effects” of SoNoRo. Do not miss the New York Counterpoint at Boema, the Capriccio Sextet at the Reformed Church or the Grande Sestetto Concertante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the Babeş-Bolyai University Theatre.
In Timișoara, Brașov and Sibiu we will bring, for the first time, the Rhapsody Roumaine project, which was launched in January in the Musikverein Hall in Vienna and will end in December in the extraordinary Concertgebow Hall in Amsterdam.
I would like to endlessly thank our sponsors, partners and all those who are always with us, supporting this festival with enthusiasm and confidence. Without them, SIDE EFFECTS would not have existed, and the SoNoRo bird could not have delighted the lovers of good music from all over the country for the 13th time!

Răzvan Popovici,
Executive Director of the SoNoRo Festival

Dear friends of music,

Performing on stage implies looking beyond the action of playing the notes, looking into the future, past and present, trying to see the connections between every sound and every possible expression and idea. The cause and effect law manifests itself through every finger movement and emotional nuance the musician goes through as the time unfolds. Sometimes the most trifling and mundane causes lead to the greatest results.

Everything can become a side effect of everything else, just as it happens in the everyday life. Madness and jealosy are but a dark side of love and passion, a cure turns into a curse and vice versa, a kind word into a miracle.

Ultimately, we at SoNoRo are trying to create memories – side effects of experiencing music together. Every meaningful sound has a potential to change something, to excite, to console, sometimes simply to put somebody in a better mood. This is why I thought the Side Effects would be such a good theme for us to explore. It also made me remember the beautiful lines of William Wordsworth:

I listen’d, motionless and stil;
And, as I mounted up the hill,
The music in my heart I bore,
Long after it was heard no more.

A wonderful side effect!

Diana Ketler
Artistic Director SoNoRo