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Orchestral concerts
March 21st
Academy of Music, 7:30 pm
Prokofiev: Visions fugitives (arrangement for string orchestra), op.22
Shostakovich: Piano concerto No. 1
Arvo Pärt: Cantus in memoriam Britten
Britten: Lachrymae
Bartók: Divertimento
With: Daniil Grishin – viola, Manuel Lichtenwöhrer – trumpet
Few chamber ensembles are able to match the rapid international success achieved by the Kremerata Baltica established in 1997 at the initiative of Gidon Kremer. The orchestra composed of young musicians from three Baltic countries gives sixty concerts a year and has a repertoire ranging from Vivaldi to Piazzolla, from classical works to contemporary music. Its artistic director is Gidon Kremer. The ensemble appears at leading festivals and in famous concert halls with renowned conductors and soloists and has worked with such artists as Jessye Norman, Oleg Maisenberg, David Geringas, Boris Pergamenschikov, Tatiana Grindenko, Sir Simon Rattle, Christoph Eschenbach, Kent Nagano, Saulius Sondeckis, Andrej Borejko, Roman Kofman and Vladimir Ashkenazy. One of these artists, the famous Russian-born pianist Oleg Maisenberg will appear with them in Budapest.
Prices: 9500, 7500, 5500, 3500 HUF

March 21st
Railway Museum, 7:00 pm
Haydn: Philemon and Baucis – Hungarian première
Director: Balázs Kovalik
With: Gergely Boncsér, Etelka Csavlek, Dóra Érsek, Gabi Gál, Dénes Gulyás, András Hábetler, Géza Hegedűs D., Gábor Jenny, Péter Kálmán, Viktória Kerekes, Tivadar Kiss, Annamária Kovács, Ákos Oroszk – voice, Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok

Conductor: Konstantia Gourzi
One-act opera, sung in German

Price: 6500 HUF, for those arranging their own transport.

March 21st
Railway Museum, 7:00 pm
Haydn: Philemon and Baucis
With: Gergely Boncsér, Etelka Csavlek, Dóra Érsek, Gabi Gál, Dénes Gulyás, András Hábetler, Géza Hegedűs D., Gábor Jenny, Péter Kálmán, Viktória Kerekes, Tivadar Kiss, Annamária Kovács, Ákos Orosz – voice, Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok

Conductor: Konstantia Gourzi
The train departs from Nyugati Pályaudvar (the Western Railway Station) at 6:00 p.m.
The price of the concert ticket includes the fare of the return trip.
In 2003 the Greek conductor Konstantia Gourzi, who is also active as a composer, was commissioned by the Staatsoper of Berlin to complete Haydn’s opera Philemon and Baucis, that has survived only in fragments. The work, written for a puppet theatre and first performed in 1773, is based on the archetypal story of the old couple unable to live without each other. The work, that was staged with enormous success in Berlin, will be conducted by the composer in the Railway Nostalgia Park. Balázs Kovalik will be in charge of the stage production.
One-act opera, sung in German.

Price: 8500 HUF, including the price of the return train ticket.

Operetta - Musical
March 21st
Budapest Operetta Theatre, 7:00 pm
Emmerich Kálmán: Die Bajadere
Operetta in two parts
Director: KERO®
With: Erika Miklósa, Attila Dolhai
Who are the Bayadères? Indian temple dancers and singers. They belong to the gods and show their devotion to them with dance, song and other services. The order of Bayadères admits only girls who are still in their childhood and whose parents entirely renounce them in favour of the temple. The Bayadère is not required to preserve her virginity; she can form a relationship with a man who is not from a lower class. The children of Bayadères are educated by the priests: the boys become temple musicians and the girls temple servants. The Bayadères join up in groups and travel around the country under the supervision of an elder woman leader (daja).
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 21st
National Theatre, 7:00 pm
Botho Strauß: The Park
Director: Róbert Alföldi
Stage sets: Róbert Menczel
Costumes: Sándor Daróczy
Dramaturgy: Róbert Vörös, Enikő Perczel
Since time immemorial the gods have longed for the smell of the earth, while humans try to conquer the air, the higher spheres – hopelessly. Oberon and Titania, “deserters” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, wander around a city park to arouse in people the real, ancient desire of love. As the ambassador of his erotic mission, Oberon chooses the homosexual artist, Cyprian, who enchants the colourful residents of the park with the amulets he makes. But it is not enough to recognise the problem, one must also know how the remedy acts: despite the best of intentions, intervention from above can lead to a nightmare destroying body and soul. In the encounter between the mystic and harsh, everyday reality the divine intention ends up becoming its opposite: the quarrelling, unhappy lovers do not reach the divine recognition but instead the gods become like mortals.
A bittersweet comedy, a poetic play of metamorphosis, where the scenes paint a merciless picture of society in what could be described as a mythical space thoroughly misunderstood by the gods, for the park is actually nature tamed.
A joint programme with the National Theatre.

Prices: 4000, 3000, 2000 HUF

Special treats
March 21st
Millenáris Teátrum, 8:00 pm
Afro-Cuban rhythms, Portuguese Creole melodies, Congolese rumba, highlife music
Members of the ensemble:
Barthelemy Koffi Attisso – guitar; Mouhamed Latfi Ben Geloune – rhythm guitar; Charles Antoine Ndiaye – bass guitar; Moussa Sidibe – voice, percussion; Seydou Norou Koite – saxophone; Issa Cissokho – saxophone; Mamadou Mountaga Koite – drums; Ndiogou Dieng – voice; Rodolphe Clement Gomis – voice; Assane Mboup – voice
The legendary African Orchestra Baobab is one of the world’s most renowned and unusual ensembles. The Senegalese group formed in 1970 revolutionised its country’s music life, giving rise to a sparkling big city music scene also in the capital, Dakar. Baobab notched up more hits in its first ten years than many other groups achieve in a lifetime.
Sidelined for a while in their own country by the impetus they had generated, the group split up in 1985 but later bowed to the pressure of their international fans and 2001 saw the triumphant rebirth of Baobab. The group is once again on the top of the charts.
“When I arrived in Senegal in 1968, all I could hear everywhere was Cuban music,” recalls Barthélemy Attisso, Baobab’s guitarist from Togo. “Back home we had been listening to Nigerian highlife and guitar music from Congo, but in Dakar Cuban music was played in all the clubs … Moreover it wasn’t played by Cubans, they were all Senegalese!”
Price: 4000 HUF

Open-air programmes
March 21st
Vörösmarty Square, 11:00 am
Open-air programme
During these two days we give a taste of the programmes of this year’s Budapest Spring Festival. In conjunction with the Haydn anniversary you can hear part of the Jánosi Ensemble’s concert and see a period fire show. Tomáš Kočko and his orchestra, and the Maraca Ensemble are from the Czech Republic, the festival’s guest of honour this year. On the first weekend artists from the Japanese Day to be held in the Thália Theatre are also giving special concerts and performances. Participants in the Fringe+ festival to be held on the last weekend will also be our guests.
Through Children's Eyes
March 21st
Palace of Arts - Festival Theatre, 3:00 pm
Performance by Tamás Vásáry (piano) and Henriett Tunyogi (dance)
Choreography: Renato Paroni, József Hajzer
Costumes: Henriett Tunyogi
Tamás Vásáry is both pianist and conductor, recipient of the most prestigious awards. He attaches great importance to giving young people an appreciation of classical music. This led him to establish the Zoltán Kodály Youth World Orchestra two years ago. His wife, Henriett Tunyogi, is a worthy companion in his efforts. She enjoys talking to children about her career, initiating young people into the workshop secrets and enchanting world of ballet. What path leads someone from the first steps to becoming a real ballet star?
Prices: 3500, 2500, 1500 HUF

March 21st
Museum of Applied Arts, 3:00 pm
“Haydn and the Time”
Exhibition marking the Haydn anniversary year and coinciding with the opening of the concert hall in the museum.
The Budapest Museum of Applied Arts evokes the figure of Haydn, who also composed a melody for musical clocks, through the material culture of his age, among others with the characteristic clock types of distinctive shape and structure.

Haydn’s career spanned a very wide space and time; he travelled to many countries of Europe, visiting places from simply country homes to the most splendid royal courts. The long period extending from his birth to his death – with artistic styles ranging from Rococo, to neo-Classicism and Empire – is also known as the Age of Enlightenment.

The exhibition invites visitors on an imaginary journey to the 18th century, an age of inventions and discoveries. Besides the Encyclopaedia edited by Diderot that summed up the world picture of the time, many treasures selected from the museum’s collection evoke the period. An emblematic object of the century was the clock combining several different genres: it is a complex masterpiece in itself and as an instrument for measuring time is also a philosophical concept. The many different types presented in the exhibition – including a number of rarities – are arranged in territorial groups. Linked to the exhibition is a selection of exclusive contemporary timepieces from the collection of the IWC company of Schaffhausen titled “Luxury watches from Switzerland”.

A series of music programmes will accompany the visual experience of the applied art masterpieces. Visitors to the exhibition can enjoy chamber concerts of music by Haydn and his contemporaries.
March 21 – April 5

Open: Tuesday: 2.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m., Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.; Monday: closed

March 21st
Korridor Gallery
15 Years of an International Artists’ Colony
Csuta Artists’ Colony Békés – in Budapest
In a remote corner of Hungary an internationally known and recognised creative camp has been operating for around fifteen years. For two weeks every summer the artists create simultaneously, for all to see, inspired by each other, together or separately but certainly observing each other and absorbing the influences. They are inspired by the Hungarian landscape and the atmosphere of the artists’ camp, they are open to the art of others and offer their own for reception. So far 130 artists from 20 countries have met here, and on each occasion have created works resulting from the unique occasion and mutual influence. They take the mutual inspiration away with themselves as a gift, enriched in spirit, forms of expression and themes, incorporating what they have experienced into their own art.
György Csuta (1952), painter, the “spiritus rector” of the Békés artists’ camp, is at home in graphic art, watercolours and oils and also likes to experiment with the restructuring of techniques. As a good organiser and community-spirited person, he has visited many artists’ camps abroad – as an organiser and participant (Trofaiach, St.Anton, Klagenfurt, Wörschach/Austria, Reinosa/Spain, Biela/Italy), and has also played a part in other artists’ camps in Hungary: Nagykanizsa, Gyomaendrőd, Hajós.
March 21 – April 15

Open: Monday – Sunday: 11.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.; Tuesday: closed

Japanese Arts
March 21st
Thália Theatre, 11:00 am
Japanese Day
Origami activity, ikebana demonstration, kanji drawing, kite making, bonsai display and advice, manga, anime, go, cosplay, dance pad, Kyoto exhibition of the Japan Foundation, sushi and Japanese tea specialties in the foyer of Thália Theatre.

Új Studio:
11:00–12:00 Anime – screening of Japanese animated films (Animax)
12:00–13.00 Martial arts demonstration
Organised by the Hungarian All-Maritial Arts Federation
13:15–14:30 Tea ceremony
Speaker: Gábor Palotás
14:45–15:30 Kimono show
15:30–16:15 Haiku – Japanese poetry competition with prizes
Moderator: Judit Vihar
16:30-17:00 Concert by Kiyo-Kito Taiko Hungarian Japanese drum ensemble
The year 2009 marks two anniversaries for both Japan and Hungary: the 140th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Hungary and the 40th anniversary of the resumption of those relations.
Diplomatic relations between Japan and Hungary began in 1869, in the time of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. After World War Two diplomatic relations were resumed in August 1959, in 1960 both countries opened diplomatic representations and in 1964 raised them to the rank of embassy.
After 1989, following the change of system in Hungary there was a great expansion of relations between the two countries, thanks in part to Japanese support. Since then relations between the two countries have developed steadily in the political, economic and cultural fields. This is eloquently reflected in the series of events presenting Japanese culture during the festival.
The activities are free of charge and last until 5 pm.

(With the support of the Japan Foundation and Animax, and with the participation of the Hungarian-Japanese Friendly Society and the Bambuszliget Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar.)

Japanese Arts
March 21st
Thália Theatre, 7:30 pm
From the Koto to the Classics
Alkan: Symphony for solo piano
Minoru Miki: Hanayagi
Gayo Nakagaki: Peace
Gayo Nakagaki: Gekko no Kirameki
Beethoven: Piano Quintet in E flat major
Mozart: Serenade in C minor
With: Gayo Nakagaki – 20-string Koto, Yoshihiro Ota – piano, Tokyo–Budapest Ensemble (artistic director: Kálmán Berkes)
Prices: 3500, 2500 HUF

Gayo Nakagaki /photo:Kazuyo Seki

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