On August 26, the Batumi concerts of the ‘Night Serenades’ festival ended in the Ilia Chavchavadze State Drama Theater of Batumi.
On the stage in front of the listeners, the innovative pianist and famous German clarinetist Sabine Grofmeier, originally from America and working in Austria, gave the listeners an unforgettable festival evening together with the base orchestra of the festival “Georgian Virtuosos”.
On the last day of Batumi concerts of the 14th consecutive Batumi-Tbilisi festival, the following were performed: Mozart’s Piano Concerto #12 in A Major, Rossini’s Una Voce Poco Fa (Cavatina from the opera “The Barber of Seville”), Michel Mangani’s Pagina d’Album, Shostakovich’s Waltz from the Orchestral Suite, Gershwin’s 3 Prelude and Rhapsody in Blue for clarinet, piano and orchestra.
“I’m pianist Katie Mahan. I am very happy that I was invited to the international festival ‘Night Serenades’ in Batumi. It is a great honor for me to be here in this beautiful city, where I met a lot of extraordinary people and discovered a special place in Georgia, in particular, Batumi. I want to express my deepest gratitude to the organizers and amazing listeners who made my stay in Batumi an unforgettable memory.”
“I am very happy to be in Batumi, a beautiful city, at the international festival ‘Night Serenades’. This is not my first visit. I am delighted with your listenership, who received me very warmly. Batumi, this beautiful theater with amazing acoustics and, of course, the audience left an unforgettable impression.
“I can’t wait to go to the seashore. I have one day free to explore Batumi and evaluate it with the eyes of a tourist.
“Thank you very much for inviting me for the second time to this extraordinary festival. I really enjoy playing for your audience and making music with this fantastic festival orchestra.
“Thank you again and see you soon.”
Giorgi Isakadze, artistic director of the festival:
“I am happy because of such a warm welcome from Batumi listeners. We held two festival concerts in the city of Batumi. The listeners stood up to the soloists and greeted them with shouts of “Bravo”.
“We presented a rich program to the listeners. Classical music masterpieces were performed – Bach, Mozart, Rossini, Brahms, as well as works full of musical romanticism by George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Ennio Mangani. At the request of the listeners, the soloists performed brilliant miniatures of classical and modern music.
“I would like to express my gratitude to our supporters – the Batumi City Hall, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, the Tbilisi City Hall, the French Embassy, the Italian Embassy, and the French Institute at the French Embassy.”
On September 27, at 17:00, the presentation of Liana Isakadze’s book will be held at the House of Writers in Batumi.
From Batumi, the festival will move to Tbilisi, and on September 17 and 18, the concert evenings at Vano Sarajishvili Conservatory will be dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Italy-Georgia and France-Georgia diplomatic relations.
The founder of the festival is Liana Isakadze, the artistic director is Giorgi Isakadze, the director is Nina Tsagareli. The ‘Night Serenades’ festival is organized by ‘Art Alliance’ company.
Batumi-Tbilisi International Festival “Night Serenades” is supported by: Batumi City Hall; Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Tbilisi City Hall, Italian Embassy in Georgia, French Embassy in Georgia, French Institute at the French Embassy.
The official insurer of the festival is ‘Ardi’ company.
Hilton Garden Inn Tbilisi is the host of the festival.