Hungarian Concerts

Organ concert

Place of program: Saint Stephen’s Basilica, 1051 Budapest, Szent István Square 1.

The St. Stephen’s Basilica is one of the most beautiful neo-classical buildings of Budapest. This is the most important church building in Hungary, one of the most significant tourist attractions and the third highest building in Hungary. The construction started in 1851, according to the plans of Miklós Ybl, and was completed by József Kauser in 1905. In the next 50 years the church suffered from wars, storms and earthquakes. The church was reconstructed 1983-2003.

The program of the concert was adapted by Miklos Teleki. He belong to some of the best organ artists in Hungary. The arias of the program are performed by Kolos Kováts, one of the most famous concert an oratorio singer in Hungary. Among numerous prices, in 1992 he received also the highest prize hungarian artist can aquire. The flute is played by Eleonóra Krusic who is already known for her performances with different orchestras from Barcelona to Zürich, Graz and Vienna.

Prices:

I. category 7.800 HUF

II. category 6.300 HUF

III. category 4.500 HUF

Discounted package price with Dinner & Cruise

(Depending on the category of the seats for the performance):

I. 17.100 HUF

II. 15.600 HUF

III. 13.800 HUF

Program:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Fantasy in F minor K 608
Antonio Vivaldi : 4 Seasons - Winter (Largo)
Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682): Pieta Signore
Tommaso Albinoni (1671-1751): Adagio
Ferenc Liszt (1811-1886): Choral
Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Ave Maria
Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Fugue on the Theme B-A-C-H
Georges Bizet (1838-1875): Agnus Dei
Johann Sebastian Bach: Badinerie from  suite in B minor

Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565


Concert dates in 2016:

January: 3. (Sunday) 
March: 3, 10, 17,31 
April: 7, 14, 21, 28 
May:  5, 12, 19, 26 
Jun:  2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
July:  7, 14, 21, 28 
August:  4, 11, 18, 25 
September:  1, 8, 15, 22, 29 
October: 1,  6, 13, 20, 27 
November:  3, 10, 17, 24 
December:  1, 15, 22, 29 



Folklor performances
 
The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble (Budai Vigadó), the Danube Folk Ensemble and the Hungarian Folk Ensemble are three of the best Hungarian folk ensembles with the longest tradition (the first one was formed in 1951, and the second one in 1957), which have performances all around the country and abroad. All the three of the Ensembles consist of 30 artists. Their choreographies are based on authentic dances. Some of them were collected in isolated villages and date back hundreds of years. Through the performed dances you can get a broad view of the music, dance and costume heritage of Hungary and the Hungarian inhabited areas.

Every concert starts at 20:00, and consists of twice 40-45 minutes, with an intermission.

Meeting point: Danube Palace (1051 Zrínyi utca 5.) or Budai Vigadó Budai Vigadóban (1011 Corvin tér 8)

Meeting time: 19:30


Danube Folk Ensemble

Founded in 1957, the Danube Folk Ensemble is one of the most popular professional groups in Hungary. The members of the ensemble are both excellent dancers and musicians. It consists of 30 dancers and a 7-member-folk orchestra playing authentic music. The aim of the ensemble is to perform genuine dances with dynamism and style, and to create innovative dance-theatre pieces on these principles. In addition to establishing a distinctive style through the vision of their artistic director, Zsolt Juhász, and his choreographer, the ensemble regularly works together with noted guest choreographers. Their work enhance the rich repertoire of the Danube Folk Ensemble. The Danube Folk Ensemble`s repertoire includes some gems of Hungarian folk dance tradition, while the Hungarian folk music is faithfully interpreted by its musicians. Varied and broad, the repertoire provides for several full concerts which are unique. The ensemble gives over one hundred performances each year, including weekly shows at the Duna Palota and folklore and dance-theatre performances both in the theatres of Budapest and all over the country. Besides presenting its own repertoire, the ensemble has participated in various theatre productions such as János Vitéz - a musical tale, King Stephen, Attila - rock operas and the opera Dózsa György. The Duna Folk Ensemble is consistently included in the events of the Ministry of the Interior and at celebrations of National Holidays. These performances take place at the Parliament building or the Buda Castle, and are usually shown live on national television.


Dates in 2016:

Performance in Danube Palace 
January: 3 
February: 27 
March: 5,12,19,25,26,27,28  
April: 2,9,15,16,22,23,29,30   
May: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30,  
June: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22,24, 26, 27, 29, 30
July: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27,29,31,     
August: 1, 3 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31,  
September:  2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30
October: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31
November: 5, 12, 19, 26
December: 3, 26, 28, 29

Performance in Budai Vigadó
May: 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, 
June: 2,7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28,30, 
July: 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28, 
August: 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30,
September: 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 

Performance in Pesti Vigadó
January: 2    

 

Prices:

I. 6.900 HUF

II. 6.200 HUF

III. 4.200 HUF

Discounted package price with Dinner & Cruise, starting at 22:00  

(Depending on the category of the seats for the performance):

I. 16.600 HUF

II. 15.900 HUF

III. 13.900 HUF




Hungarian State Folk Ensemble

The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble - regarded as one of the best in Hungary, was established in 1951. Its aims were to collect and play authentic folk music and to preserve the folk dances and traditional costumes of Hungarian-inhabited areas by putting them on stage for the public. During the more than five decades of its existence, the Ensemble has achieved its aim by revitalizing the culture of the Hungarian people. Their rich and colourful repertoire entitled the Ensemble to be regarded as one of the top touring groups in the world. It has performed in 44 countries across four continents and won the admiration of an audience of more than seven and a half million people. In the last few years the Ensemble encountered special interest in the United States and Canada - which was illustrated by their fourth invitation to undertake a three-month coast to coast American tour in 1994. They have also toured the Far East and Western Europe. The Ensemble consists of 30 dancers, 14 members of the Gipsy Orchestra and 5 members of the Folk Orchestra. The choreographies are all based on authentic dances, some of them were collected in isolated villages with dance elements dating back hundreds of years. The extraordinary folk music that inspired Liszt, Bartók and Kodály is put on stage by both the Folk Orchestra and the world-famous Gipsy Orchestra. The 5 members of the Folk Orchestra play authentic, traditional instruments and perform Hungarian folk music at its highest artistic level. The famous Gipsy Orchestra plays both dance accompaniments and performs alone. Their rich repertoire includes folk music which inspired Hungarian and international classical composers such as Liszt, Brahms, Kodály and Bartók. Aside from its performances around the country and abroad, the Ensemble gives approximately 90-100 annually performances in its Corvin tér theatre, in the Budai Vigadó.


BUDAI VIGADÓ 

This building was erected (between 1898 and 1900) on the site of a former arsenal, as a result of an architectural competition. The architects, Aladár Arkay and Mór Kallina were to face a rather demanding project: to design a building in a pre-existing block which should function both as a theatre and a library in order to satisfy the expectations of the residents of Buda. There used to be a restaurant on the first, and a café on the ground floor of the Vigadó. The relatively simple eclectic appearance of the building is compensated for by some magnificent art nouveau decoration inside: an impressive hall, the wide marble staircase and pillars, a spacious richly-decorated theatre hall and a splendid 300-seat theatre. Nowadays, performances of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble (approximately 120 annually) can be seen here.


THE DANUBE PALACE

 

The Danube Palace, formerly the Casino of Lipótváros was established in 1883. It was founded by Miksa Falk, who was also its first president. The construction of the casino was completed in 1895, based on the plans of Vilmos Freund. Géza Márkus was the architect of the casino. The external facade is made by Mészáros and Gerstenberger and the architectural style of the building is neobaroque. The murals on the walls of the theatre were painted by Lajos Márk. Since its opening the Casino has excelled at patronising the arts: exhibitions and concerts have been held here, it has financed opera performances and it has also organised competitions. A great many famous people have given performances in the Casino such as Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, Mark Twain and Antonin Dvorak.



NEW YEAR GALA CONCERT 2016

Bring the New Year’s flavor closer with a program composition compiled for these special occasion!

How does Strauss or Liszt sound for symphonic orchestra and cimbalom? Look into the history of Hungary through music! Hungary always influenced the European music life more, than it would be expected from such a small country. Unique folklore music traditions gave inspiration to numerous foreign composers visiting Hungary. With a repertoire covering musical styles such as operetta, gipsy music and Hungarian related classical music, the Danube Symphony Orchestra leads the grandiose concert, in cooperation with professional ballet dancers serving as confirmation to the fact that music and dance is inseparable.

The program includes operetta songs performed by soloists of the world-famous Budapest Operetta Theatre. 

In addition to all, we took the opportunity to include some unique elements into the program; traditional Hungarian folk instrument, the cimbalom and Hungarian folk songs adaptation performed by authentic gypsy band.

A special spectacle is guaranteed on the performance by one of Hungary’s famous young artists from the national Virtuosos Talent Show.

The 90 minutes long concerts (consisting of two 40-45 minute long parts with an intermission in between) take place in Budapest's most prestigious theatre; Pesti Vigadó, in a central downtown location.


VENUE: Pesti Vigadó, 20:00

Pesti Vigadó, one of Hungary’s most famous theatres, was finished in 1864. It was built on the place of its predecessor, which was destroyed following the Hungarian revolution of 1848 as a form of retribution. Following the defeat of the revolution in 1859, architect Frigyes Feszl created a completely reformed, new design for the building. He mixed the Hungarian architecture with Moor, Romanesque and Gothic elements. Feszl’s concept gained so much popularity, that it was used on the construction of numerous buildings all over Hungary at the time. Since its opening, Pesti Vigadó was a centre of the cultural life and entertainment in Budapest. It was the venue for the gala dinner in 1867, following the coronation of the Austrian emperor and Hungarian king, Franz Joseph I. 

There is a long list of famous composers who performed in its beautiful concert hall, which includes, Richard Wagner, Johann Strauss Jr., Pietro Mascagni, Antonín Dvořák, Claude Debussy, Arthur Rubinstein, Richard Strauss, Sergei Prokofiev, Sviatoslav Richter and Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi. The Vigadó was also the home to the largest amount of Franz Liszt’s performances. Pesti Vigadó was the place where the National Anthem of Hungary was performed for the first time, and it was also the venue for the certification of unifying the three cities of Pest, Buda and Óbuda into the city we call Budapest. The building was heavily damaged in the final months of WWII. The reconstructions lasted for almost 35 years, and the concert hall temporarily reopened in 1980. Its latest restoration works continued for 10 more years, when the building finally opened in its current form in the year 2014 to welcome you in its full glory.


PROGRAM

PART 1.

Hector Berlioz: Rákóczi March

Orchestra

Zoltán Kodály: Intermezzo–from opera Háry János

Orchestra

Johannes Brahms: HungarianDancesNo. 5.

Orchestra with cimbalom solo

Béla Bartók: RoumanianFolkDances

Orchestra

Ferenc Erkel: Palotás – from the opera Hunyadi László

Orchestra

Franz Liszt: Hungarian RhapsodyNo. 2.

Orchestra with cimbalom solo


PART 2. 

Franz Lehár: Eva-Waltz

Ballett Ensemble

Emmerich Kálmán:The Czardas Queen– „Dasist die Liebe”

Franz Lehár: The Merry Widow- Medley

Orchestra

Franz Lehár: The Merry Widow– „Grisetten Lied und Kan-Kan

Ballett Ensemble

Grigoraş Ionică Dinicu: The nightingale

Gypsy Band

A csitári hegyek alatt… (Hungarian Folksong)

Gypsy Band

Vittorio Monti: Czardas

Gypsy Band

Emmerich Kalman: The Devil-rider– Palotás

Orchestra, Ballett Ensemble

Emmerich Kálmán: Countess Mariza– „Komm mit nachVarazdin”

Johann Strauss jr.:Long live the Magyar! Op. 332.

Orchestra

Emmerich Kálmán: Countess Mariza– „Braunes Mädel von der Pussta”

Ballett Ensemble


 

With Danube Symphonic Orchestra and Ballett Ensemble and soloists of Budapest Operetta Theatre


Prices

I. 9.900 HUF 

  II. 8.900 HUF  

III. 7.900 HUF 

 

New Year Gala Concert + Dinner &Cruise: 

I. 19.600 HUF 

II. 18.600 HUF 

III. 17.600 HUF 

      

 



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