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     The Targu Mures State Philharmonic holds a significant and distinct role in the artistic landscape of the city. A bustling musical life started developing in the city in the mid-nineteenth century provided by various organised instrumental and choral ensembles.
     The construction of the Palace of Culture in 1913 meant a key turning point in the musical life of the town. It was in this wonderful sanctuary of the arts that the Music Academy came to life. Shortly after this, faculty members and students founded a symphony orchestra.
     In 1950 the orchestra acquired the status of State Philharmonic, and in the early 1960's the Mixed Choir was established. This made possible the tackling of a far more complex and demanding repertoire, extending to most musical genre of all periods, including contemporary creations.
     During its existence of over half a century, the concert podium of the Targu Mures State Philharmonic has hosted a number of prestigious conductors and soloists, both from Romania and abroad. Maestro Csiky Boldizsar and Maestro Szalman Lorant played a defining role in the artistic development of the orchestra.

     Their concerts are equally successful on the stage of the Palace of Culture and other Romanian cities, including Bucharest, as well as concert tours in Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, England, Ireland, Sweden, the former Soviet Union, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Japan. A number of radio, television and CD recordings also testify to the success of this prestigious orchestra. For over 10 years its permanent conductor has been Maestro Shinya Ozaki.
     The Mixed Choir, housed in the Palace of Culture, too, performs both before local audiences as well as audiences of other Romanian cities, besides its tours in a number of European countries. The man behind their success is Maestro Cazan Vasile who has been their conductor since 1990.
     The Targu Mures State Philharmonic sustains its activity on a regular basis, having permanent seasons of weekly concerts which culminate in three yearly festivals: 'Targu Mures Music Days' in May, the international 'In Memoriam Constantin Silvestri' in October and 'Musica Sacra' in December.