For the seventh time, Budapest’s popular cafés and pubs will be filled with classical music on the Night of Music on November 16. To celebrate the capital’s 150th birthday, the Budapest Festival Orchestra announced that the line-up will be international for the first time.
The Budapest Festival Orchestra musicians will be joined by international students of the Liszt Academy and young foreign artists organized by the embassies of partner countries.
The free mini-concerts of the Night of Music will welcome audiences on both sides of the Danube at the most unmissable classical music event of the autumn. Dozens of venues will host musical performances not only in the city center but also in outlying districts.
The informal mini-concerts will start in the late afternoon and run until midnight in some venues.
The Night of Music will offer a more colorful program than ever before, with bands from all over the world taking to the stages and a line-up of composers from Haydn to Philip Glass.
During the evening, the audience of the Három holló (Three Ravens) will be able to discover, among other things, the Colombian instrument called the charu, or listen to a Japanese violin and piano duo perform Schubert and César Franck. In Lumen, a Croatian pianist plays Chopin, and the program continues with a Stravinsky performance by an Estonian, Costa Rican and Kazakh trio.
In the Szatyor Bar, the six-piece band entertains with Celtic music, while the quartet in the KEG sörművház (KEG Beerhouse) evokes the spirit of jazz with Gershwin, Cole Porter and Astor Piazzola. The last mini-concert of the Night of Music will start at midnight sharp at the Turbina on November 17, thus the sextet will give the first concert to celebrate Budapest’s 150th birthday.
Attendance is free at all venues, but organizers say it is worth booking a table as soon as possible.
The program of concerts by venue can be found here.
The Budapest Festival Orchestra was formed in 1983, by Iván Fischer and Zoltán Kocsis, with musicians “drawn from the cream of Hungary’s younger players,” as The Times put it. Its aim was to make the orchestra’s concerts into significant events in Hungary’s musical life, and to give Budapest a new symphony orchestra of international standing.
Among the orchestra’s more important projects, its opera productions have been widely acclaimed. These include The Magic Flute, Così fan tutte, Idomeneo, Orfeo ed Euridice, Il turco in Italia, and the cycle of works marking the 50th anniversary of Béla Bartók’s death.