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The biennial George Enescu festival, in Bucharest, Romania kicked off on September 2. For three weeks in September, Bucharest forgets some of Europe's worst traffic jams and its crumbling infrastructure as locals and visitors alike pack concert halls and flock to outdoor performances. As one of Europe's biggest classical music festivals, held in Romania's capital city Bucharest, the festival will increasingly showcase contemporary composers and performers from central and eastern Europe in the years ahead. This year's event will see pianist Martha Argerich, violinists Joshua Bell, David Garrett and Maxim Vengerov, conductors Antonio Pappano and Zubin Mehta as well as orchestras from Milan's La Scala and Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw.

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