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The percussionists of the Budapest Festival Orchestra will be playing the works of Steve Reich at a concert on 10 August during the Sziget Festival. "We have never played in this line-up before, so our performance on the Fidelio Stage can be considered a premiere" - said László Herboly, head of the ensemble, to the MTI.

They’ve taken to the stage several times with Boglárka Fábry, György Halmschlager and Gáspár Szente, but the young Ádám Maros has now been invited for the first time as an extremely talented and innovative musician with a great sense of humour, and he’s of the same age as many of the Sziget visitors.

The programme is also designed for a young audience, as the works to be performed in addition to those by Reich and Cage – Ernst Toch’s Geographical Fugue, William J. Schinstine’s Rock Trap and David Punto’s The Chair – represent a lighter, more cheerful and more summery tone, compositions that anyone can listen to anywhere with their friends – emphasised László Herboly.

They were also tasked with using as few instruments as possible in the concert, he added, so it will be interesting to see which ones they play and how they use themselves as instruments. Humour will not only be evident in the music, but also in words during the evening; the three musicians can and want to show where rhythms appear in everyday life.

László Herboly believes that percussion productions are not just interesting and colourful, they have also come on a great deal in the last two or three decades. Relevant literature has been enriched with instruments from distant countries that previously only cropped up in folk music. This impacted not only on pop, rock and jazz, but also on contemporary classic music, really inspiring the musicians.

The concert will open with Steve Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood, followed by John Cage’s Story from Living Room Music, and the programme will be rounded off with Reich’s Clapping Music. The performance of Reich’s works represents the latest efforts of the Budapest Festival Orchestra to attract an even wider audience.