Using Music to Forge a Common Future in Romania

Romania has struggled to escape the brutal legacy of Nicolae Ceaușescu, whose terrible dictatorship ended appropriately in blood twenty-five years ago. But today, rather than defining itself by what it is no longer — a terrorized Communist state — Romania is crafting a new identity, with an advancing democracy and a shared future. To that end, Prime Minister Victor Ponta’s government is sponsoring the Cantus Mundi program, an opportunity for Romanian children of all ethnic groups, classes, and faiths to come together under the power of song. Led by world-famous conductor (and Ceaușescu refugee) Ion Marin, the Cantus Mundi program offers a glimpse of a Romania united not just in beautiful music, but in a destiny they will craft together.