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Orchestral concerts
March 27th
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Ceremonial Hall, Roosevelt tér, 7:30 pm
Szabadi 50
Mendelssohn: Violin concerto in E minor, op. 64
Sibelius: Violin concerto in D minor, op. 47
Beethoven: Triple concerto in C major, op. 56
Conductor: Zsolt Hamar
With: Vilmos Szabadi – violin, Csaba Onczay – cello, Márta Gulyás – piano, Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra – Pécs
Unbelievable, but true: Vilmos Szabadi will be 50 on March 10, 2009! It seems like only yesterday that he won first prize in two top violin competitions, in 1982 and again in 1983, and we still vividly remember how Sir Georg Solti and the London Philharmonics invited him to play the Bartók 2nd violin concerto in the Royal Festival Hall at the Bartók gala concert in 1988. He is now rewarding the public with a really big concert in which he takes the lion’s share in each number, faithful to the spirit of his entire career. In Mendelssohn’s popular violin concerto and the equally challenging Sibelius concerto we can celebrate together with the great virtuoso, and in Beethoven’s triple concerto with the first-rate chamber musician always responding sensitively to his partners.
Price: 4000 HUF

Church concerts
March 27th
Calvinist Congregation of Buda, 8:00 pm
Ferenc Kiss: Hungarian Cancionale – Geneva Psalms
World music concert in memory of John Calvin
Szilvia Bognár – voice; Károly Babos – percussion; István Csörsz Rumen – period instruments, voice; Mihály Huszár – double bass, voice; Ferenc Kiss – viola, kobza, voice; Dávid Küttel – keyboard, accordion;Zoltán Szabó – wind instruments, voice
“I myself, who was christened in Debrecen more than half a century ago as a “thick-necked Calvinist”, began to think as the Calvin anniversary approached that it would be a good thing to explore the hidden, invisible but clearly discernable underground channels between Calvinist congregational singing and Hungarian folk music, chronicle songs and early music. To illuminate them brightly, make them usable and modern.
This is what I and my colleagues are trying to do in the genre of world music. I am planning Hungarian Cancionale as an easily organised and movable, inspired chamber music production that we would like to take to Calvinist churches. To conduct a dialogue together with the audience with the heavenly powers, in our own language. Preserving the musical relics of several centuries but also renewing them. Respecting the traditions of congregational singing, but modernising the instrumental sound. Preserving and strengthening the desire of people today for faith, community and cohesion.” Ferenc Kiss
Price: 3000 HUF

InterNational Theatre Festival
March 27th
National Theatre, 7:00 pm
Guest Performance of the Maly Drama Theatre (St Petersburg) – Theatre of Europe
Shakespeare: King Lear
Director: Lev Dodin
“The great works are great because they contain within themselves all the contradictions of human life” – says Lev Dodin, who considers that there are two authors in world literature capable of giving drama at once a deeply personal and a universal perspective: Chekhov and Shakespeare. In Dodin’s work Shakespeare’s tragedies had to wait till 2006, when – after a multi-year Chekhov cycle – he plunged in with a production of King Lear. On this occasion too, the master of thorough analysis and great attention to detail was true to himself: his King Lear is the result of a rehearsal process lasting more than two and a half years.
“It is generally considered that this is the tragedy of a single person, of Lear. Personally, I have never agreed with that: the protagonists are held together in a strict system, the mutual dependence of kinship bonds (...). But how can such a noble-hearted father have such evil and ungrateful daughters? And if the father is so good, could it be that his daughters are not evil either?” Lev Dodin builds up the stage world of King Lear around this basic question, using shades of black and white.
Theatre performance in Russian with Hungarian surtitles.
A joint programme with the National Theatre.

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

InterNational Theatre Festival
March 27th
National Theatre - Kaszás Attila Hall, 7:00 pm
Lajos Parti Nagy: The Woman of the Week
SzépRóza monologues – world première
New Hungarian drama in the National Theatre

The Seven Woman: Eszter Csákányi
Director: Zsolt Anger
Stage sets: Zsolt Khell
Costumes: Lili Izsák
Lighting: Tamás Bányai
Production assistant: Edit Ranschburg

A joint performance of the Kék Produkciós Iroda and Orlai Produkciós Iroda.
“I have long been thinking about how to write a one-woman piece for Eszter Csákányi, but it would be more precise to call it a theatre evening, a performance lasting roughly an hour and a half in which seven women come to life in her voice, her body, through her acting. There are parallel monologues of lives, situations and, above all, sentences, new and old (the above working title, for example, is the title of one of my earlier short stories whose heroine will also be an important figure in this planned evening).
The seven women are, of course, one woman, and of course that one is seven and more. What links them together is partly the language and partly the actress herself, and of course a very simple “portable” space where the events take place. It is a coffee bar-pub-coffee-house space, a tiny space beside a battered piano with a table and chair, an occasion for talk, recollection, confession, and of course for acting.
We hear the successful businesswoman, the handwork pattern tracer, the diner waitress, the bar musician, the tram conductor and finally the actress “herself” – I won’t give all the details, the outline is ready but I still have to flesh it out with the right sentences, so I don’t yet know precisely who they will be, who they will become when we have all three dimensions of the role. Perhaps what interests me so much is to see what I will learn about them through Csákányi. Who am I in them?” Lajos Parti Nagy
A joint programme with the National Theatre.

Price: 2500 HUF

Special treats
March 27th
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

For details, see under the performance on March 26.
The whole world knows and understands them
Nowadays the reputation of the Teatr Licedei is based on the indisputable and clearly perceptible alchemy of popular farce and different forms of contemporary Russian mime, with roots that reach back to commedia dell’arte. They create equilibrium of these components with wisdom and the recklessness indispensable for the creation of its cruel and biting humour, culminating in anger and surreal images.
Prices: 4000, 3000 HUF

March 27th
Mi Vida – Heaven and Hell
The MUSAC collection in Budapest
The MUSAC collection in the Spanish city of Leon is one of Europe’s most exciting collections of 21st century international contemporary art. The major exhibition we are holding this spring is drawn from this material and deals with the extremes of life. The giant exhibition of close to 100 works by 36 artists from all parts of the world explores the connection between life and art.

What we see is related to how we live. And this is the key to understanding art. The works filling the entire Kunsthalle: drawings, paintings, wall paintings, films, photos, videos and installations oppose two artistic approaches that place the emphasis on the sensual or the intellectual aspects of everyday life. Heaven and hell – the cream of contemporary art through Mediterranean eyes.

Curators: Dr. Zsolt Petrányi, Augustin Pérez Rubio
March 27 – May 17

Open: Tuesday – Wednesday: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.; Thursday: 12.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.; Friday – Sunday: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.; Monday: closed

March 27th
Bajor Gizi Actor Museum
Special Theatre Events through Children’s Eyes – Works Exhibited in Children’s Drawing Competitions
The focus is on children’s creative imagination rather than on the artist.
In recent years the National Theatre History Museum and Institute has held drawing competitions for Budapest children as a major element in its museum educational activity. The themes were either linked to current exhibitions or reflect notable theatre events.
March 27 – June 27

Open: Thursday – Sunday: 2.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.; Monday – Wednesday: closed

March 27th
Bajor Gizi Actor Museum
Images by Viktor Kronbauer Theatre Photographer
Theatre photography originally served documentary purposes but has become a separate branch of art. Specifically theatre images that have been undeservedly relegated to the fringes of museum interest also reflect the photographer’s view of the theatre, the atmosphere of the performance and the theatre culture of a given community.
Kronbauer’s photographs, reflecting his own individual way of seeing things, are thus not “only” theatrical and not “only” photographic revelations: they are unique works of art – many of them still unknown to the great majority of specialists – evoking foreign theatre moments.
The professional discussions and the museum pedagogical sessions being held in conjunction with the exhibition are intended mainly to raise the basic issues of contemporary theatre photography so that the exhibition can “speak” to the widest possible age groups and social groups.
March 27 – June 27

Open: Thursday – Sunday: 2.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.; Monday – Wednesday: closed

Other events
March 27th
Millenáris Fogado, 12:00 pm
“Czech Stars”
Stars of Czech beer, gastronomy, jazz, tourism and industry
Jana Koubková Quartet

With: Jana Koubková – voice, Ondřej Kabrna – piano, accordion; Jan Keller – cello; Jan Červenka – percussion
“Our Guest the Czech Republic”

The programme is open between 27–29 from 12.00 am until 12.00 pm.

(Further information: +36 1 462-5066)

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