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Student Brings "Romania Dances"
to His First Musical Showcase

Posted April 2, 2001

HOLLAND -- Hope College freshman Titus Munteanu is looking forward to participating in his first Hope College Musical Showcase on Monday, April 9, at 8 p.m. at DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids.

Munteanu, an international student from Romania who is in his 13th year of studying the violin, will be performing three of the six "Roumanian Dances" composed by modern Hungarian composer, Bela Bartok, in 1917. The work is a collection of authentic dances from various parts of Romania.

"I selected the piece because of the connection to my culture, and because of its appropriate length," Munteanu said. The piece, a popular work in the standard repertoire, is available in a solo piano and orchestral version in addition to the violin and piano version that will be part of the Musical Showcase.

Munteanu is thankful to have the chance to study at Hope College. He was presented with the opportunity when Mihai Craioveanu, associate professor of music, visited his school, the Brasov School of Music and Arts, and offered him an audition for a music scholarship at Hope. "I would like to thank Mihai--he is responsible for my coming here," Munteanu said.

Craioveanu is now Munteanu's violin instructor, and has high praise for his student's ability. "Titus Munteanu is an exceptionally talented young violinist," he said.

While in Romania, Munteanu received several prizes in various national violin competitions, and was selected to play in a number of international violin master classes presented by renowned violinists in Europe.

In his first year at Hope, Munteanu has already established himself as one of the college's finest musicians. He was one of the winners of the Concerto/Aria competition sponsored by the department of music, and was a featured soloist with the Hope College Symphonette in the group's spring tour in Canada in March.

When asked about his future hopes and goals for music, Munteanu feels that it's "too soon" to commit to a single plan, although he acknowledges a desire to play professionally. When it comes to playing the violin, he says without worry, "it is what I was born to do."

Tickets for the showcase are $10 each, and may be purchased through the Office of Public Relations at Hope College. The office, open from 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, is located on the second floor of the DeWitt Center and may be called at (616) 395-7860.

Tickets may also be purchased over the counter at the Grand Center Ticket Office for $10 each. The Grand Center Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition, tickets may be ordered by phone, and charged to any major credit card, through Ticketmaster by calling (616) 456-3333. A service fee is added to the cost of each ticket purchased this way.

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