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Orchestral concerts
March 23rd
Academy of Music, 7:30 pm
23 March, 1939
Beethoven: Egmont overture, op. 84
Bartók: Violin concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, op. 36
Conductor: Gábor Takács-Nagy
With: András Keller – violin, Hungarian Symphony Orchestra
The Hungarian Symphony Orchestra’s last season was characterised by new impulses, an experimental repertoire, thematic concerts and a fresh approach. András Keller, the new music director, is reverting to his “original profession” to perform the violin solo in this concert. And while he plays the solo of Bartók’s popular second violin concerto, the conductor’s baton will be wielded by another outstanding violinist, Gábor Takács-Nagy, founder of the famous Takács Quartet who has demonstrated over and over again in recent years that he is able to continue the noblest traditions as a conductor too.
The programme is the same as that of the concert held in Amsterdam on March 23, 1939 where Zoltán Székely gave the first performance of Bartók’s violin concerto under the baton of Willem Mengelberg.
Prices: 6500, 5500, 3500, 1500 HUF

Chamber evenings
March 23rd
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Ceremonial Hall, Roosevelt tér, 7:30 pm
Haydn: Concerto in F major, Hob. XVIII:7
Martinů: Trio for flute, cello and piano, H 300
Martinů: Promenades for flute, violin and piano, H 274
Mendelssohn: Quartet (Drawing-room) No. 1 for flute, violin, cello and piano
Members of the ensemble: Miroslav Matějka – flute, Radka Preislerová – violin, Bledar Zajmi – cello, Markéta Janáčková – piano
“Our Guest the Czech Republic”

Prices: 4000 HUF

InterNational Theatre Festival
March 23rd
National Theatre, 7:00 pm
Guest Performance of the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus and Rimini Protokoll
Marx: Capital, Vol. I.
Written and directed by: Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel
With: Thomas Kuczynski (statistician and economic historian); Ulf Mailänder (writer and therapist); Talivaldis Margevic (historian and film-maker); Jochen Noth (company consultant and university lecturer specialising in China and Asia); Christian Spremberg (call centre agent); Ralph Warnholz (electrician (public service employee), former gambler); Franziska Zwerg (translator); Sascha Warnecke (businessman, revolutionary)
The founding members of the unique but much debated Rimini Protokoll theatre group, Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi and Daniel Wetzel met in the nineties at the Giessen Institute for Applied Theatre Studies. Although the genre has considerable traditions in Germany, according to a German critic the activity of Rimini Protokoll represents “the revival and complete reinterpretation of documentarist theatre”. They have presented the bankruptcy of the Sabena airline, examined the kinds of death in Central Europe and the maze of international diplomacy and brought residents of Mannheim and Weimar to reinterpret their lives in the light of Schiller texts. Thorough research work precedes their so-called “experts’ theatre” performances; what we see on the stage are not actors but the actual sources of the text, private persons sharing their own experiences.
They were guests of the Budapest Autumn Festival in 2006 with a performance titled Blaiberg und sweetheart19 that examined the question of Internet dating and heart transplants.
Theatre performance in German with Hungarian surtitles.
A joint programme with the National Theatre.

Prices: 4500, 3500, 2500, 1500, 1000 HUF

Special treats
March 23rd
Palace of Arts - Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, 8:00 pm
“Tonight or never!”
Fantastic, indescribably frenetic performance
The story began in a pizza place in North Berlin, where a whole group led by Max Raabe – the members of what was later to be the Palastorchester – decided to play the greatest dance and film music of the 1920s and 1930s in their own interpretation. A piano, guitar, sousaphone and drums add to the orchestra’s basic sound.

What do Oops, I did it again, Let's talk about sex and Sex bomb have in common? Max Raabe. During the festival many people can see for themselves this crazy fellow who arranges and sings today’s hits in the style of the twenties and thirties. Brilliant and very funny!
Prices: 9900, 8900, 7500, 6500, 4500, 2500 HUF

March 23rd
Palace of Arts, 6:00 pm
"Who's afraid of glass?"
Exhibition of glass by Ioan Nemtoi
Ioan Nemtoi started the “Who’s afraid of glass?” series of glass installations in Potenza in December 2006, he reinterpreted the concept in a spectacular outdoor exhibition for Museums Quartier in Vienna in May 2007, to bring it again to Italy at the Museo Civico di Bassano del Grappa in September 2007. Now he continues this periplus and came to the attention of his art lovers with a spectacular exhibition for Budapest Spring Festival.

“Who’s afraid of Glass?” is an inspiring world of color, shape and texture. Nemtoi’s three-dimensional structures are united by an ideal expression of proportions and symmetry. Set somewhere between doubt and revelation, doom and redemption, the work has a reflective quality of someone endlessly questioning him/herself. With a fascination for the interplay of opaque and transparent surfaces, and the reality – captured in the work’s reflective quality - Nemtoi brings together the special relationship between shape, color and meaning.

"Ioan Nemtoi's glass installation "Who's afraid of Glass?" initiates a dialog in the universal language of color and shape, referring to its own history and artistic discourse. The vivid pure red and the organic shape make a powerful contrast with the urban spatial context. Glass has been a medium mainly used until recently for the expression of decorative arts. It is a genre that begins to run its course, at the same time searching for its own identity. Nemtoi challenges glass and provokes us by using it as a manifest, playing with it and bringing it to the frontier between the conceptual and the decorative. "Who's afraid of Glass?" has the appearance of a squirming fantasy, a giant insect with thousands of tentacles, but affirms itself as Nemtoi's personal reinterpretation of the primordial elements, of water and fire, his artistic statement." Marilena Oprescu, curator.

“I am in love with glass, this utterly intriguing substance that oscillates between fragility and endurance in time, between the liquid and the solid state. Starting with its versatility, the matter itself can be a pretext for endless debates. As an artist, I use it to express myself; I’m exploring its multiple aspects and trying to push its limits, technical and conceptual, hoping that the outcome will be for the visitor as enriching and exciting at the same time, as the whole process of creating was for me. “ says Ioan Nemţoi, glass artist.
March 23 - 5 April

(With the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Budapest.)

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