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Orchestral concerts
March 20th
Palace of Arts - Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, 7:30 pm
Tchaikovsky: Violin concerto in D Major, op. 35
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, op. 92
Conductor: Louis Langrée
Joshua Bell is one of today’s most successful violinists. Right from the beginning of his career this world-famous artist has been in the spotlight of attention with his recordings and concerts. One January morning in 2007 in one of Washington’s busiest metro stations, wearing old jeans, a T-shirt and baseball cap, for 43 minutes he played his fabulously expensive violin as a street musician. He played six difficult and demanding classical works as 1097 people, mainly middle-class government officials, walked past him. Most of them did not even stop or notice the extremely high artistic quality unusual in a pedestrian passage. Only a few people paused to listen to the music for a few minutes, seven people gave money and just over 32 dollars accumulated in the violin case. Only one woman recognised Joshua Bell. As far as we know Joshua Bell is not planning to appear in 2009 in Blaha Lujza Square so we can enjoy his performance of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto in a concert hall with considerably better acoustics. The excellent Camerata Salzburg, no stranger to the Budapest public, will be conducted by the leading French conductor Louis Langrée.
Prices: 15000, 12000, 9500, 7500, 5500, 3500 HUF

Joshua Bell © Bill Phelps

Louis Langrée © Benjamin Ealovega

Operetta - Musical
March 20th
Budapest Operetta Theatre, 7:00 pm
Emmerich Kálmán: Die Bajadere – première
Operetta in two parts
Modernised with a libretto by Julius Brammer and Alfred Grünwald by: István Kállay and Miklós Gábor Kerényi
Director: KERO®
Main roles: Erika Miklósa, Attila Dolhai, Marika Oszvald, Szilvi Szendy, László Csere, Miklós Máté Kerényi

With the chorus, ballet company and orchestra of the Operetta Theatre.
Conductor: László Makláry
Sets: Erzsébet Túri
Costumes: Rita Velich
Musical director: László Makláry
Choirmaster: László Kéringer
Assistant to the Choreographer: Erika Szabó
Master of play: Tamás Bori
Choreographer: Jenő Lőcsei
Prince Radjami, heir to the throne of Lahore, lives the life of carefree Europeans in Paris. According to the laws of his country he must soon marry and occupy the throne of his ancestors. But he has fallen in love with Odette, the celebrated Parisian artist, who is playing the leading role in a variety hall in The Bayadère, an operetta with an Indian theme. The story is set in a prince’s palace, in an "Indian setting". The "mystic" environment of the stage helps the prince to win Odette.
Operetta performance in Hungarian, with German surtitles.
Coproduction with the St. Petersburg State Musical Comedy Theatre

Prices: 8000, 6000, 4000, 3000, 2000 HUF

InterNational Theatre Festival
March 20th
National Theatre, 7:00 pm
Botho Strauß: The Park – Hungarian Première
Titania: Mari Nagy
Oberon: Zsolt László
Cyprian: Roland Rába
Helen: Judit Schell
Georg: Zoltán Rátóti
Helma: Tünde Murányi
Wolf: András Stohl
Erstling: Frigyes Hollósi
Höfling: Gábor Hevér
First man: Béla Spindler
Second man: József Szarvas
Third man: Miklós Benedek
Death: Judit Csoma
Young girl: Piroska Mészáros
Titania’s son: Zalán Makranczi
First boy: Attila László
Second boy: Péter Orth
Director: Róbert Alföldi
Stage sets: Róbert Menczel
Costumes: Sándor Daróczy
Dramaturgy: Róbert Vörös, Enikő Perczel
Botho Strauß (1944) is one of the representatives of contemporary German drama most frequently performed in Europe. He studied literature, theatre history and sociology – the influence of the latter is obvious in his work as a dramatist. From the second half of the sixties he worked with Theater heute, then at the age of 26 he became dramaturgist with the Berlin Schaubühne. He wrote his first plays at the encouragement and for the stage of Peter Stein, director at the time but it was not long before others, among them the great French directors Luc Bondy, Claude Régy and Patrice Chéreau, also took notice of him. It was observed at the presentation of the Schiller Medal in 2007 that he is the “independent and critical chronicler of German society”. According to András Forgách, the Hungarian translator of The Park “He is simultaneously a shameless sensation-seeker and modestly seeks concealment.” His writings are imbued with the question of fatality and nostalgia for the various forms of tragedy, but he can also display biting humour. This is not the first time his work has been performed in a Hungarian theatre.
A joint programme with the National Theatre.

Prices: 4000, 3000, 2000 HUF

March 20th
Millenáris Teátrum, 7:30 pm
Capricious Express
Joint Concert of the Capriccio Chamber Orchestra and CimbaliBand
With: Réka Joó – flute
Prize-winners of the 2008 Budapest Fringe Festival

Price: 2500 HUF

Through Children's Eyes
March 20th
Millenáris Teátrum – Red and Black Galery, 10:00 am
The Little Mole and His Friends
Exhibition with animated films and playhouse
Zdeněk Miler, animated film director and artist was born in Kladno in 1921. His film career began during the war in the Zlín film studio, then from 1945 he continued his work in Prague in the studio of Jiří Trnka. He became famous both at home and abroad for the Little Mole series that still enjoys great popularity. More than fifty episodes have been produced. An interesting feature of the series is that there is no spoken dialogue, Little Mole and his friends communicate with various sounds and noises that the director created from a recording made of his daughters Kateřina and Barbora. Original images by Zdeněk Miler, cartoons and various Little Mole products can be seen in the exhibition.
Open between 20–29 March from 10.00 am until 6.00 pm.
“Our Guest the Czech Republic”

March 20th
Millenáris Park, 2:00 pm
Czech Republic from Hungarians’ Aspect
Exhibition of winning entries in the Czech photography exhibition
„Our Guest the Czech Republic”

March 20–April 5

March 20th
Museum of Fine Arts, 3:00 pm
In Praise of Women
Alphonse Mucha, Czech Master of the Art Nouveau
Many important cultural events will take place in EU member states to accompany the Czech presidency of the EU in 2009. Among the most remarkable of them will be an exhibition of the very best of the lifetime work of Alphonse Mucha at the Museum of Fine Arts during the Budapest Spring Festival. The exhibition, prepared by curators Marta Sylvestrová of the Moravian Gallery in Brno and Petr Štembera of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, will introduce and analyze the best of the posters, paintings, drawings and photographs from the artist’s Parisian, American and Czech periods and will highlight the inspiration and creativity Mucha found in the motif of women in much of his art.
„Our Guest the Czech Republic”

March 20 – June 7
Open: Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.; Mondays: closed

March 20th
Hungarian National Museum, 4:00 pm
27th Hungarian Press Photo Exhibition
Auxiliary exhibition marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of the border
The exhibition of the year’s best press photos is a renewed encounter with the events, faces and moods that made the year 2008 memorable. Moments of drama and joy, struggles, celebration and mourning, everyday life situations and never to be repeated artistic and sports achievements and natural wonders.
September 11, 1989: Hungary’s western border is opened to the East German refugees. This was a pivotal event not only for Hungary but also for the future of Europe. The exhibition on the 20th Anniversary of the Opening of the Border is a journey back in time thanks to familiar and previously unseen photographs and documents.
March 20 – April 26

Open: Tuesday–Sunday: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.; Monday: closed

March 20th
National Széchényi Library, 4:00 pm
The Contemporary Czech Republic – Bohemian Bohemia
Film screenings in the lounge on the 8th floor during the exhibition:
March 26, 5.00 pm
Closely Watched Trains
Director: Jiří Menzel

April 2, 5.00 pm
From Subway with Love
Director: Filip Renč
Selection from the pearls of Czech literature. Besides works of outstanding Czechs in world literature, the exhibition in the National Széchényi Library also presents a selection of works by the young generation of writers. A memorial exhibition on Hrabal, images of Kafka’s Prague, works of graphic art and film screenings add further interest.
“Our Guest the Czech Republic”
March 20 – April 26

Open: Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.; Monday, Sunday: closed

March 20th
Csók István Gallery, 5:00 pm
Curator of the exhibition: Gábor Pogány art historian
March 20 – April 3

Open: Monday – Sunday: 10.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.

March 20th
Vízivárosi Gallery, 6:00 pm
Play Art
Humour and art join forces
Our exhibition presents “Play Art” where humour and art come together. Here the essence of play is to show things in a different light, to enchant, to cock a snook, to separate phenomena from the concrete spectacle, to draw attention to what lies behind things. In this spirit the invited artists express their opinions about their everyday reality in their own individual artistic language. The essence lies in the openness of childhood preserved in art, the capacity to marvel at phenomena, the spontaneous, sincere response that shows the often absurd happenings of life in their reality.
March 20 – April 10
Open: Tuesday–Friday: 1.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m., Saturday: 10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.; Sunday – Monday: closed

Other events
March 20th
Academy of Music, 7:30 pm
Recital of piano duos by Gábor Farkas and István Lajkó
Mozart: Sonata in D major K.448
Liszt: Concerto pathétique
Brahms: Sonata in F minor op.34/b
(A concert of the Ferenc Liszt University of Music. For further information: (06 1) 342 0179, 462 4656, Web:

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