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Orchestral concerts
March 26th
Palace of Arts - Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, 7:30 pm
J. Ch. Bach: Lucio Silla – overture
Mozart: Piano concerto No. 18 in B flat major, K 456
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat major, K 113
Mozart: Piano concerto No. 24 in C minor, K 491
With: Piotr Anderszewski – piano
With his Budapest solo evening the brilliant Polish-Hungarian pianist Piotr Anderszewski became one of the public’s favourites. On this occasion he is to perform two Mozart piano concertos with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The ensemble is one of the very best; it has made many recordings with Sir Charles Mackerras and given memorable concerts and opera productions. In 2006 the Scottish Chamber Ensemble recorded two Mozart piano concertos (K 453 and K 466) with Anderszewski for a CD that was received with enthusiasm by the experts and the public. BBC Music Magazine’s critic rated it as “not to be missed”.
Prices: 9900, 8900, 7500, 6500, 4500, 2500 HUF

Chamber evenings
March 26th
Marble Hall of the Hungarian Radio, 7:30 pm
Bozay Evening
Piano sonata No. 1, op. 33./a
Poor Yorick – song cycle to poems by István Kormos, op. 39./b
Sonata for cello and piano, op. 35.
String quartet No. 3, op. 40
With: Klára Körmendi, Melinda Bozay – piano, László Pólus – cello, Ákos Ambrus – voice, Somogyi Quartet
The concert is free but you are kindly requested to register in advance.
Chamber evenings
March 26th
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Ceremonial Hall, Roosevelt tér, 7:30 pm
Chamber Recital by József Lendvay (violin) and Bálint Zsoldos (piano)
Beethoven: Sonata in A major, op. 12
Brahms: Sonata in A major, op. 100
Debussy–Heifetz: Clair de Lune, La Plus Que Lente, L’Après-midi d’un Faun
Lutosławski: Subito
Price: 3000 HUF
InterNational Theatre Festival
March 26th
National Theatre, 7:00 pm
Guest Performance of the Maly Drama Theatre (St Petersburg) – Theatre of Europe
Shakespeare: King Lear
Director: Lev Dodin
Lev Dodin (1944) is currently perhaps the most influential figure in Russian theatre. Since 1967 he has taught acting and stage directing at the St Petersburg Theatre Institute and many of his former students now also enjoy international reputation. He has been directing in the Maly Teatr of St Petersburg since 1975 and has been its artistic director since 1983. He regularly holds master courses in many places around the world, from the United States to Japan. He has also staged a number of operas in the last decade or so.
In 2005 he added a Pro Cultura Hungarica Prize to his collection of Russian and international awards.
Since the enormous success of Gaudeamus in 1993 we have been able to see a number of his productions (mainly Chekhov) in Hungary.
Theatre performance in Russian with Hungarian surtitles.
A joint programme with the National Theatre.

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

Special treats
March 26th
Thália Theatre, 7:00 pm
Semianyki –
Addams family Russian style: comic portrait of a crazy family
Guest performance by the Teatr Licedei of St Petersburg
Director: Boris Petrushansky
With: Olga Eliseeva, Alexander Gusarov, Marina Makhaeva, Kasyan Ryvkin, Elena Sadkova, Julia Sergeeva
Scenography: Boris Petrushansky
The Russian family that won the hearts of audiences
The Teatr Licedei founded in Leningrad (St Petersburg) in 1968 is Russia’s first and still only clown theatre. Over the past ten years the company has appeared in many countries, has been made honorary citizen of Lexington USA and won first prizes at festivals in Colombia, Hong Kong, China, Germany, the Netherlands and France.
Prices: 4000, 3000 HUF

March 26th
Palace of Arts - Festival Theatre, 7:00 pm
Trey McIntyre Project
I. Leatherwing Bat
Music: “Peter, Paul and Mommy“

II. (serious)
Music: Henry Cowell

III. A Day In The Life
Music: The Beatles
Choreography: Trey McIntyre
Leatherwing Bat has been created for six dancers to the music of Peter, Paul & Mary. The figures of the graceful but powerful, long-legged John Michael Schert, and the challenging, teasing Brett Perry represent the complicated process of adolescence. Perry stands apart from his cheerful fellows, his arms wrapped tightly around his torso as he turns his melancholy gaze ahead in lonely longing; Schert is a more self-confident, independent type. Optimistic camaraderie also plays an important part in the piece: his fellows try to pull Perry out of his daze in the physical sense too, in the dance their arms create a human protective net offering security.

“Almost four decades after the break-up of the legendary foursome, in this crossover piece McIntyre draws on all the tools available to ballet for an incredibly exciting evocation of their music and their behaviour. He uses original movements to bring out the emotions hidden in the song – the wild, the funny, the drug-induced melancholy that soar over both the street toughs and the classical dancers. … With stubbornly recurring, brilliant spins.”
Prices: 7000, 5000, 3000 HUF

March 26th
Hungarian National Gallery, 3:00 pm
The House of Art 1909–1914
Modern Exhibitions in Budapest
In December 1909 a new art association known as Művészház (House of Art) was formed in Budapest. During its short existence, it organised a series of highly important exhibitions on the work of outstanding Hungarian and international representatives of modern art.
The activity and significance of Művészház are still little known. The Exhibition in the Hungarian National Gallery explores the operation of this institution that played a key role in the emergence and recognition of modern art. Most of these works are now in private collections and foreign museums. The exhibition’s aim is to assemble as many of them as possible to give a picture of the Művészház.
The exhibition in the Hungarian National Gallery presents a selection of works by the major artists of the period including József Rippl-Rónai, János Vaszary, Károly Kernstok, Mihály Munkácsy, Pál Szinyei Merse, József Egry, Béla Kádár, János Kmetty and József Nemes Lampérth.
March 26 – July 26

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

March 26th
Museum of Textile and Clothing Industry, 4:00 pm
Kéz–Rá–Tét – History of Estonian gloves
Gloves are a very important item of clothing for northern peoples. The oldest surviving gloves in Estonia date from the 14th century. Magic protective power was attributed to the knitted patterns on the gloves, so Estonians tucked a pair into their belt even on the hottest summer days. Gloves played an important part in marriage and burial ceremonies and could also be used to cure illnesses. They give warmth in the winter cold, but perhaps the belief of our ancestors that their patterns protect us from evil still lives.
The exhibition of the Estonian National Museum, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, is brought to Hungary by the Estonian Institute.
March 26 – April 30

Open: Monday – Thursday: 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.; Friday – Saturday: 9.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.; Sunday: closed

March 26th
Friss Gallery
“20 Years of Systemic Change”
The choice of theme arises from the anniversary. The interpretation by artists of what happened 20 years ago and in the period since then promises to be a special experience as both young and older artists will participate. Artists who were still young children at the time of the change of system and others who were young adults in 1989. Many contemporary artists respond sensitively to events happening around them, giving a distinctive impression of recent Hungarian history. It will be exciting to see how the artists respond to the happenings of the last 20 years and how they evaluate the events of 20 years ago.
March 26 – May 9

Open: Tuesday – Friday: 2.00 pm–7.00 pm, Saturday: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.; Sunday, Monday: closed

March 26th
Gallery of the Polish Institute
The exhibition will feature photographs by six contemporary artists, three Hungarians – Balázs Czeizel, Jenő Detvay, Géza László Mészáros – and three Poles – Anita Andrzejewska, Agnieszka Kaminska, Jowita Bogna Mormul – in a selection by the Bolt Photo Gallery. Their images are linked by the mysterious representation of everyday objects. Sentimental, vague, gossamer-light mysterious prints.
Viewers will have to decode them for themselves.
March 26 – April 30

Open: Monday – Friday: 9.00 a.m.– 5.00 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday: closed

Other events
March 26th
Museion No. 1, 6:00 pm
East wind
Exhibition of porcelain statues by ceramic artist and Munkácsy Prize-laureate Mária Geszler and pieces from her own kimono collection.
March 26 – April 18

Open: Tuesday–Friday: 12.00 am–6.00 pm, Saturday: 11.00 am–2.00 pm
Other events
March 26th
National Theatre - Gobbi Hilda Stage, 7:00 pm
Cultivated associations – AEGON evenings in the National Theatre
Róbert Alföldi's guests:

writer Gábor Németh and
camera-man Sándor Kardos
Originator, editor and organiser of the series: Erzsébet Eszéki
Music: Mihály Dresch – saxophone
The series of AEGON evenings titled Cultivated Associations and launched in September 2006 soon attracted great attention. Leading figures from the Hungarian arts world have been the guest of Róbert Alföldi. The evenings are not podium discussions, although the opportunity of a personal meeting bringing the audience closer to the individual creative worlds is important. In keeping with the title Cultivated Associations, the combination of different branches of the arts is also important: the principal invited guest is always a contemporary Hungarian writer but the other guest represents a different branch of the arts, and music also has a big place in these genre-crossing evenings based on readings, intimate conversation and the presentation of images. The music never serves simply to set the mood. The musician selected to match the two guests responds to the happenings of the evening, adding his or her own feelings and thoughts to what is heard and seen. In this way the Cultivated Associations evenings give rise to exciting and novel associations of ideas.

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