On the building (virtual tour at http://tour.fge.org.ro/), its history, and being the cornerstone of the Romanian culture I will not comment but rather point you to the official website: http://www.fge.org.ro/en/romanian-atheneum.html
I’m a frequent attendee to the concerts here in the past 3-4 years and, because I observed last night quite a number of foreign tourists, I’d like to share my thoughts over my experiences here to strongly encourage you to take this superb experience while in Bucharest.
Spectacular, rich full in significations it is passing to you a feeling that elevates yourself
The regular concerts are on Thursdays and Fridays, very, very, very affordable pricewise ($USD15 - $USD25).
I’m not a professional, I’m only enjoying very much the music, the orchestra playing, the conductor’s performance and the soloists’ virtuosity and, in my opinion, the Romanian Philharmonic Orchestra it is always shining and the exigent selection over the conductors granted to conduct at the Athenaeum is complementing and enriching each and every single performance outstandingly. I have nothing but excellent appreciations to express here.
Well, here is a little bit of a challenge but be open and please have in mind that the main purpose for Athenaeum is high quality culture accessible for everybody and, besides the noble purpose, that’s coming with some side effects:
(1) The dressing code is quite relaxed so you’ll have people in black-tie altogether with people dressed casual (sometimes even to casual). So no worry if do not have your ceremony outfit with you while visiting Bucharest, but, please, do not be so excessive and try to have access wearing shorts :)
(2) The audience it is not so disciplined: noises here and there, some people coughing in the concert hall loud and undisguised rather than visiting a doctor, someone taking pictures during the performance, a mobile phone might ring or strongly vibrating, a small kid might get bored and start to chat, sshhsshh...
I’m not listing all of these to discourage you but to set the right expectations; overall the chance of having a minor annoyance is nothing compared with what you get on the gain side.
I recommend online reservations but you might use some help from the reception of your hotel because the website is not yet fully translated in English and, on certain pages, you’ll have Romanian and English content mixed-up. The reservations are available each week starting from Mondays afternoon (start by clicking on the day of the calendar), once you’ve done it you’ll get a confirmation email and you can purchase your reserved tickets from the venue directly starting from Tuesdays until 1hr before the concert begins.
Cash only, Romanian currency (LEU) only.
Go there while in Bucharest, do not miss it!
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