Palace of Arts - Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, 7:30 pm
An Evening with the Hungarian National Philharmonic on the Anniversary of Bartók’s Birth
Bartók: Rhapsody for violin, Nos. 1 and 2
Bartók: Four pieces for orchestra, op. 12
Bartók: Cantata profana
According to the experts Debussy created his most modern and exciting score when he composed ballet music based on the search for a lost tennis ball. We will never know whether Jeux really could have been the beginning of a new period for Debussy, but Zoltán Kocsis
will certainly show that it is a wonderful composition worth discovering. Few people can match his deep feeling for and understanding of the art of the French composer.
The Bartók programme within the concert timed to coincide with the birthday of Béla Bartók could be a full programme in itself. In addition to the popular violin rhapsodies it features two basic works of 20th century music. A few years ago it was still necessary to point out the exceptional merits of the Four pieces for orchestra. Today (thanks to the revelatory interpretations of Zoltán Kocsis
and Péter Eötvös
) the work occupies its rightful place in the repertoire and in the hearts of concert-goers. For a long while Cantata profana enjoyed the respect due to major works, but conductors seem to have neglected it in recent years. Here is the opportunity to realise that life is not worth living without such a masterpiece. We will be helped in this discovery not only by the many outstanding musicians but also by Szabolcs Brickner
who scored one of the most brilliant victories of the last decade when he won the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium in May 2008.
Prices: 6500, 5500, 4500, 3500, 2500, 1500 HUF
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Ceremonial Hall, Roosevelt tér, 7:30 pm
Haydn–Bartók Chamber Evening
Haydn: Trio in G major (Zigeunertrio), Hob. XV:25
Bartók: Rhapsody No. 1 for cello and piano
Haydn: Capriccio for piano in G major, Hob. XVII:1
Bartók: Rhapsody No. 2 for violin and piano
Haydn: Trio in C major, Hob. XV:27
Two centuries after the death of Joseph Haydn, on the birthday of Béla Bartók four young musicians are paying tribute to the major Austrian and the greatest Hungarian composer. The sensitively selected programme allows the four instrumentalists to show their solo and chamber music skills in practically all possible combinations and although they are perhaps less well known in Hungary, they certainly have abilities to present: they are among the most talented musicians of their generation. The Austrian Gottlieb Wallisch
, who can already boast of a considerable discography, is paying tribute to his favourite composer with a series of three Haydn concerts in the Vienna Musikverein in the 2008/2009 season. Cellist Richard Harwood
has won numerous prizes and last year EMI released his solo recording. The German clarinettist, Ralph Manno
has a contract with Sony BMG and teaches at the Cologne Academy of Music. In addition to the performances of these exceptional musicians, the evening will also be of musical historical interest: there is certain to be a fruitful dialogue between the works of Haydn and Bartók, two composers who successfully blended their instinctive musicality and exceptional intellects.
Price: 5000 HUF
Palace of Arts - Festival Theatre, 7:00 pm
I. Leatherwing Bat
Music: “Peter, Paul and Mommy“
Music: Henry Cowell
III. A Day In The Life
Music: The Beatles
who has the looks of a film star was not even 30 when leading companies in America and Europe had already danced more than 60 of his choreographies. Four years ago he organised a summer tour with hand-picked dancers. Following the enormous success the group became a permanent company. Their Beatles music is an emotional journey: fresh, simple and very witty. It is sure to conquer Budapest too.”
Prices: 7000, 5000, 3000 HUF
Nessim Gallery, 7:00 pm
Photo Exhibition of Ivo Přeček
Conception, character, reflection
The Nessim Gallery offers the Budapest public a real curiosity with its exhibition during the Budapest Spring Festival of works by Ivo Přeček (1935–2006), a leading figure of Czech neo-avantgarde photography.
Together with a friend, the artist from Olomouc founded the famous DOFO group and throughout his life always had a very autonomous approach to photography. The exhibition in the Nessim Gallery, organised in co-operation with the Muzeum Umění Olomouc, focuses on the conceptual works Ivo Přeček produced in the 1960s and 1970s.
The conceptual photograph has a strong presence in Czech photography as a trend and Ivo Přeček is a very characteristic figure of that trend as a thinker.
Curators of the exhibition: Štěpánka Bieleszova, Mihály Surányi
„Our Guest the Czech Republic”
March 25 – April 25
Open: Monday– Friday: 2.00 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday: closed
The Pest Inner City through Children’s Eyes
Drawing and painting competition for students of Inner City primary schools
This experiment in which we seek an answer to how school children see the environment in which they live could perhaps be regarded as a kind of sociological survey. Thinking back to our own childhood we find that there are only a few “outside” locations in our earliest memories, usually the house and kindergarten. The rest of space is filled with visual memories during the school years. It will also be interesting to observe what catches children’s imagination.
Curator of the exhibition: Gábor Pogány art historian
March 25 – April 8
Open: Monday – Friday: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m., Saturday: 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.; Sunday: closed
Erik Binder who lives in Bratislava paints in the style of the skateboard subculture and graffiti, dribbling paint on cardboard, raising a manifestation in a peripheral situation to the level of high art. The internationally known artist also directs activities for children, aiming at spontaneous object-making creativity.
András A. Király is also interested in public art and street art but his works are wall paintings on a very big scale competing with giant posters, and floor decorations. He had two ideas for the exhibition. One is a carpet motif to be created for the inner court of the residential building in which the Inda Gallery is located (to remain in place after the exhibition), the other is a wall painting on the firewall of a playground that can be seen from the window of the gallery. As a third work he is producing a series of drawings of contemporary objects in the style of archaeological drawings. The children coming to visit the exhibition can learn the method used for these drawings.
Zsófi Szemző graduated from the video department of MOME in 2008. For the exhibition she is planning a location-specific work comprising a wall tile picture and a series of watercolours that together tell personal stories.
During the exhibition the artists will hold sessions for children where the participants can create their own works that will be exhibited in the gallery. The carpet pattern to be created in the courtyard will also provide a pattern for children that they can colour like a colouring book. In this way the exhibition will be continuously expanded with the children’s drawings.
March 25 – April 17
Open only on Saturdays: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.