Budapest Gala Concert
December 30, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Music show with Hungarian Spirit
How does Strauss or Liszt sound for symphonic orchestra and cimbalom? Look into the history of Hungary through music! Hungary always influenced the European music life more, than it would be expected from such a small country. Unique folklore music traditions gave inspiration to numerous foreign composers visiting Hungary.
With a repertoire covering musical styles such as operetta, gipsy music and Hungarian-related classical music, the Danube Symphony Orchestra leads the grandiose concert, in cooperation with professional ballet dancers serving as confirmation to the fact that music and dance is inseparable.
The program includes operetta songs performed by soloists of the world-famous Budapest Operetta Theatre.
In addition to all, we took the opportunity to include some unique elements into the program; traditional Hungarian folk instrument, the cimbalom and Hungarian folk songs adaptation performed by authentic gypsy band.
A special spectacle is guaranteed on the performance by one of Hungary’s famous young artists from the national ‘Virtuosos!’ Talent Show.
The 90 minutes long concerts (consisting of two 40-45 minute long parts with an intermission in between) take place in two of Budapest’s most prestigious theatres; the Danube Palace and the Pesti Vigadó, both in a central downtown location.
Did You Know?
The Cimbalom is a Hungarian folk instrument played primarily with beaters. It is equipped with a heavy frame for more dynamic power, with many added string courses resulting in an extended range of sound and also a damper pedal to allow more dynamic control. During the 19th century the cimbalom was considered as the most distinguished musical instrument in Hungary, aristocratic families had their children taught to play the cimbalom instead of the piano. The first Cimbalom School was opened in 1890. Henceforth plays of the era remained including the cimbalom as a primary instrument in many of them, making it unique and exclusively Hungarian.
‘Virtuosos!’ is a unique format in worldwide television: classical music talent show, where preparedness, diligence and qualifications count. All contestants are outstanding at playing classical instrument or have remarkable achieveiments in classical singing.