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Orchestral concerts
April 1st
Academy of Music, 7:30 pm
Haydn: The Seasons
Conductor: György Vashegyi
With: Tünde Szabóki, Timothy Bentch, István Kovács – voice, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir
György Vashegyi and his ensembles performed the splendid Haydn oratorio in February 2006. A critic wrote the following about the excellent concert: “The sections of the Purcell Choir create a texture that is substantial but allows the music to breathe, with their agile and healthy voices. And something that most non-period vocal ensembles are unable to do: they present greatness and evoke big forms in structure and extent without monumentalising. György Vashegyi conducted a Seasons that was well articulated, full of colours and contrasts, allowing full play for the dramatic elements and liveliness, emphasising what is the work’s principal speciality and at the same time its greatest attraction: the popular flavours imbuing the mood and character of the composition.”
And how does the conductor see this attractive composition? “A big question of the period music movement in past decades was, once the almost “magic” threshold of 1800 has been crossed, whether there is and can be a justification and purpose for performing the later repertoire on original period instruments or copies. For us in Hungary the first milestone in this area was the performance of Joseph Haydn’s oratorio The Seasons at Fertőszentmiklós in 2003. In this work the composer, who was sixty-eight in 1800 and who had spent his youth immersed in late Baroque music, drew with an amazingly sure hand, in fact foreshadowed the emerging Romanticism, right up to the art of Wagner.”
Prices: 6500, 5500, 3500, 1500 HUF

InterNational Theatre Festival
April 1st
National Theatre, 7:00 pm
Guest Performance of the Teatrul National Radu Stanca
Frank Wedekind: Lulu
Director: Silviu Purcărete
With: Ofelia Popii, Mariana Presecan, Diana Fufezan, Ema Veţean, Raluca Iani, Codruţa Vasiu, Cristina Stoleriu, Cristina Ragos, Maria Anuşca, Constantin Chiriac, Dan Glasu, Doru Presecan, Cristian Stanca, Adrian Matioc, Pali Vecsei, Mihai Coman, Cătălin Pătru, Gelu Potzolli, Eduard Pătraşcu
Musicians: Laura Călina, Raluca Ciobanu, Loredana Stranici
Theatre performance in Romanian with Hungarian simultaneous interpretation.
A joint programme with the National Theatre.
(With the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Budapest.)

Price: 4500 HUF

Folk music, folk dance
April 1st
Thália Theatre, 7:30 pm
The 100-Member Gypsy Orchestra is the only ensemble of its kind in the world. With its high standard performance of Hungarian and Gypsy music and classical music arranged for Gypsy orchestra, since its formation the ensemble has been an ambassador for music and culture, giving over 1000 concerts in venues ranging from houses of culture in the smallest settlements of Hungary to many of the world’s famous concert halls.
Prices: 6900, 5900 HUF
April 1st
Palace of Arts - Festival Theatre, 7:00 pm
The National Theatre Ballet in Prague
“Czech Ballet Symphony”
D. M. J. 1953–1977
Music: Antonín Dvořák, Bohuslav Martinů, Leoš Janáček
Choreography: Petr Zuska

Maria's Dream
Music: Camille Saint-Saëns, Cesare Pugni
Choreography: Petr Zuska

Music: Leoš Janáček
Choreography: Jiří Kylián
D. M. J. 1953–1977
“The title of the performance representing the initials of the names of three great Czech composers – Antonín Dvořák, Bohuslav Martinů and Leoš Janáček – D.M.J. 1953 –1977 is in reality the inscription on the tomb of a girl who died very young. There are places where something extraordinary happens to us several times in the course of our life, and there are moments of grace when we can experience the throbbing of the universe in our veins, feel the direct presence of God and come face to face with ourselves.
The place can be a mountain range, a desert, a rock in the ocean, but it can also be a cemetery, the grave of a young girl where the shock of the inscription suddenly awakens the viewer to the reality of death.”

Maria’s dream
“The piece aims to translate a dream from the language of poetry to the language of dance, a dream of Maria Taglioni, one of the outstanding figures in the history of ballet, the queen of the romantic, that the artist recounted to a psychologist in London in 1847. The dream that is also recorded in detail in her memoirs gives us a glimpse into the innermost corners of the soul of Taglioni, a woman who was far ahead of her age in so many respects. It is at once metamorphosis, absurdity, fragile lyricism, coarse humour and prophetic vision. The work is actually a blend of two largely independent ballets: the artist’s famous Grand Pas de Quatre, and The Dying Swan created many years after Maria’s death, demonstrating the special sensitivity of the virtuoso ballerina. Of course, it is possible that the artist would not fully agree with the above, but there can be no doubt that her refined, ethereal being is here among us, and smiling. Let us smile back at her.”

Each part of this five-part ballet is a dream-like vision based on folklore. The choreography achieves perfect harmony between dance and music and hovers on the borderline between realism and abstraction.
“Our Guest the Czech Republic”

Prices: 5000, 4000, 2000 HUF

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