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Orchestral concerts
March 22nd
Palace of Arts - Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, 7:30 pm
Bartók Evening
Bluebeard’s Castle – semi-staged performance
The Miraculous Mandarin
Following an excellent recording and a highly successful New York performance, the two famous Hungarian singers will sing again in Budapest of the hopeless love of Judit and Bluebeard. It is impossible here to list all the stages in the brilliant careers of Ildikó Komlósi and László Polgár. We shall mention only some of their engagements for the 2008–2009 season. Komlósi is singing Herodias in the Metropolitan Opera (R. Strauss: Salome), Carmen in Rome and the Verona Arena, Amneris in the Berlin and Munich Staatsoper, and in Verona (Verdi: Aida). She will appear in Cavalleria Rusticana in Cagliari (Teatro Lirico), the role of Princess de Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur awaits her in Covent Garden, and she will sing Federica in Luisa Miller in the Paris National Opera. László Polgár will take the role of Raimondo in Zurich (Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor), King Marke in Birmingham (Wagner: Tristan und Isolde). In 2009 he is to sing the roles of Talbot (Donizetti: Maria Stuarda), Colline (Puccini: La Bohème) and Claudius (Handel: Agrippina) in Zurich. Besides Budapest, he will sing Bluebeard several times in Athens.
Prices: 8500, 7500, 6500, 4500, 2500, 1500 HUF

Chamber evenings
March 22nd
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Ceremonial Hall, Roosevelt tér, 7:30 pm
Haydn: String quartet in G minor, Hob. III:74
Emil Petrovics: String quartet No. 3 – world première
Beethoven: Septet in E flat major, op. 20
With: Dimitri Ashkenazy – clarinet, Milan Turkovic – bassoon, Szabolcs Zempléni – horn, Zsolt Fejérvári – double bass
The world famous Kodály Quartet formed over four decades ago links the first great figure in the most elevated genre of classical music, Joseph Haydn whose 200th death anniversary we are celebrating this year, with one of the major contemporary representatives of the string quartet tradition, Emil Petrovics, whose third string quartet will be performed for the first time at this concert. Petrovics’s finely wrought first two string quartets can be regarded as late descendants of the tradition reaching from Haydn, through Beethoven, to Bartók, and he remains faithful to this tradition in his latest work too. Beethoven will also be represented at the concert, although not as a quartet composer: his rarely heard op. 20 Septet will be performed with the participation of several of today’s greatest wind soloists. Beethoven dedicated this early work to Maria Theresa and it became one of his most popular pieces in the first decade of the 19th century.
Price: 5000 HUF

Chamber evenings
March 22nd
Academy of Music, 7:30 pm
Amadinda 25
Amadinda – traditional music; Uganda
Gahu – traditional music; Ghana
Steve Reich: Music for Pieces of Wood
Maurice Ravel: Alborada del gracioso (arrangement by Aurél Holló)
István Márta: Doll’s House Story
Aurél Holló– Zoltán Váczi: Traditions Part I – THE WINNING NUMBER / beFORe JOHN7
Rolf Wallin: Stonewave
Bob Becker: Unseen Child
Jazz evergreens and ragtime numbers
Mbira – traditional music; Zimbabwe
Agbadza – traditional music; Ghana
With: past and present students, and surprise guests
Prices: 6500, 5500, 3500, 1500 HUF

March 22nd
Hungarian State Opera House, 7:00 pm
Puccini: Turandot
Turandot: Mária Farkasréti
Altoum: István Róka
Timur: László Szvétek
Kalaf: Attila Kiss B.
Liu: Ilona Tokody
Ping: András Kálid Kiss
Pang: Ferenc Gerdesits
Pong: Péter Kiss
Mandarin: András Palerdi
Conductor: Péter Oberfrank
With: Orchestra and Choir of Hungarian State Opera House
Director: Balázs Kovalik
Sets: Éva Szendrényi
Costumes: Márta Jánoskúti
Choirmaster: Máté Szabó Sipos
Probably even composers holding the most elevated artistic principles nurture a secret desire that one day they would hear their own works whistled by the man in the street. If this wish ever came true for anyone, it certainly did not Puccini: perhaps nothing from opera has made the transition to popular culture as easily as Nessun dorma, the famous tenor aria from Turandot. True, Puccini did not live to witness its popularity – he died in 1924 leaving the opera unfinished. Of course, the hit status in itself gives no idea of the impressive emotional dimensions of Puccini’s works. In the case of Turandot, the composer who was fighting a losing battle with throat cancer, transformed the story of a blood-thirsty Chinese princess into his hymn to spiritual rebirth.
Opera in three acts, sung in Italian,
with Hungarian surtitles.

Prices: 16900, 12700, 9200, 6200, 2800, 1900, 1000 HUF

March 22nd
Millenáris Teátrum, 8:00 pm
After Crying
Modern classical music

Balázs Winkler: Viaduct
Péter Pejtsik – Tamás Görgényi: A new age is born – NWC
Antonín Dvořák – Péter Pejtsik: Paradise Lost
Balázs Winkler – Péter Pejtsik: Sonata for cello and piano
Péter Pejtsik – Tamás Görgényi: Modern Times
Csaba Vedres – Tamás Görgényi: Nocturne
J. S. Bach: Concerto in A minor (arrangement by Ferenc Torma)
Péter Pejtsik – Tamás Görgényi: Free fall
Balázs Winkler – Péter Pejtsik: Life goes on
Péter Pejtsik – Balázs Winkler – Tamás Görgényi: Secret service I-II-III-IV
Balázs Winkler: Burlesque
Péter Pejtsik: Stonehenge
Csaba Vedres – Gábor Egervári: Tear up the pictures
Péter Pejtsik – Tamás Görgényi: All the best I-II
(including: Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man)
Csaba Vedres – Tamás Görgényi: Good night
(including: Péter Pejtsik: Night)
Members of the ensemble: Zoltán Bátky – voice, Gábor Egervári – lyrics, concert sound, flute, Zoltán Lengyel – piano, synthesizer, Zsolt Madai – drums, Péter Pejtsik – cello, bass guitar, Ferenc Torma – guitar, synthesizer, Balázs Winkler – trumpet, synthesizer
After Crying, one of the most exciting groups on the Hungarian music scene, was formed in 1986. 22 years later, after 10 albums and 1 concert DVD there can be no doubt that the autonomous world and unique sound of After Crying has won the place it deserves in international music life.
Right from the start the members of the ensemble have consciously built their values, looking to the great figures of European culture as their principal examples. They have been influenced in classical music by Bach, Beethoven and Bartók, and in “light” music mainly by the work of Emerson, Lake and Palmer and King Crimson. In literature their outlook has been shaped above all by Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, János Arany, Frigyes Karinthy, Attila József and Sándor Weöres, and in philosophy by Aristotle, Saint Thomas Aquinas and G. K. Chesterton.

The artistic aim of the classically trained members of After Crying is to create works that make use of elements of contemporary musical vernacular and so can be understood by many, but which are at the same time capable of conveying serious content on serious themes on a high artistic standard. This is a kind of “modern classical music” that wishes to speak both to the audience of its own age and to eternity. The instruments used for concert performances range from classical instruments (cello, trumpet, piano) through the main instruments of rock music to modern electronic devices. In addition to much international recognition, After Crying won the eMeRTon Prize in 2004.
Price: 2500 HUF

Open-air programmes
March 22nd
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 22nd
Railway Museum, 11:00 am
Haydn: Philemon and Baucis
Main roles: Gergely Boncsér, Etelka Csavlek, Dóra Érsek, Gabi Gál, Dénes Gulyás, Péter Kálmán, Viktória Kerekes, Tivadar Kiss, Annamária Kovács, József Mukk – voice, Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok

Conductor: Konstantia Gourzi
Narrator: Balázs Kovalik
A train departs for the venue at 10:00 a.m. from the Western Railway Station. The price of the concert ticket includes the fare of the return trip.
The work was created for the puppet theatre and first performed in 1773 on the occasion of the visit to Eszterháza by Empress Maria Theresa who sincerely enjoyed the performance. It is based on the archetypical story of the old couple unable to live without each other.
Price: 1500 HUF

Through Children's Eyes
March 22nd
Millenáris Teátrum, 3:00 pm
Let's go to Rio!
Performance by Csaba Méhes and the Brass in the Five wind quintet (première)
An exhilarating circus performance under the direction of a meddling ringmaster who, as a daring instrument tamer, tames five brass instruments and then entertains the public with the most amazing tricks: he transforms the trumpets into horses, makes the trombone fly in the air, and he even dares to put his head into the “mouth” of the fearsome tuba. The famous Hungarian mime artist, Csaba Méhes and Hungary’s best brass quintet, Brass in the Five have created what is perhaps today the most original musical theatre production for children, combining the noblest circus tradition with exceptional musical quality. It is not by chance that the Brass Circus won the professional prize at the 2008 Budapest Fringe Festival and the special prize of the Children’s Jury. Although the performance is intended for the youngest age group, experience shows that the parents and grandparents enjoy it at least as much as the children – perhaps even more.
Prize-winners of the 2008 Budapest Fringe Festival

Price: 1500 HUF

March 22nd
Pataky Gallery
"Art minor" from the GYÍK Children’s Art Studio
The exhibition of works by children between 4–18 years of age aims to give a full picture of their creative attitudes and the pedagogical work done in the GYÍK studio.
“Those who attend the studio, whether children or teachers, all see the world in the same way, with a creative eye and active approach. They do not hesitate, they do not have inhibitions or prejudices. They create and produce something with anything. But they do not produce just anything. They recreate the image of the world, again and again, from year to year, in groups and individually. Children have been attending the studio in the Hungarian National Gallery for 33 years now to observe both the constancy of the world and its changes, to express their thoughts and feelings in paintings, sculpture, clay and other media, to show to their parents, adult society, or simply themselves.
The children who attend the studio are not exceptional beings, they are not more talented or clever than their fellows, perhaps they are a little more relaxed (liberated?), bold and enterprising.
The GYIK Studio (Children’s and Youth Art Studio) is a tiny island of freedom and independent thinking. It is good to be shipwrecked there.” (István Sinkó painter, director of the studio)
March 22 – April 10

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

Japanese Arts
March 22nd
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

(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 22nd
Thália Theatre, 7:00 pm
The Guest Performance of the Tokyo Chamber Opera Theatre
Atsushi Nakajima–Sakae Nakamura–Hitoshi Tanaka: Legend of the Moon and the Tiger
Conductor: Yuuko Amanuma
With: Masami Tanto, Tomoko Morinaga, Yoshiaki Takezawa, Akira Watanebe – voice, Yumino Toyoda – violin, Rio Toyoda – cello, Masami Nakagawa – flute, Kiai Nara – piano, Sumire Yoshihara – percussion

Director: Masayoshi Kuriyama
Sets: Toshiaki Suzuki
Costumes: Kikuko Ogata
Lighting: Ikuo Murofushi, Shinji Ayabe
Prices: 3500, 2500 HUF

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