On 28 February, the Budapest Festival Orchestra performed Symphony No. 8 by Schubert and the Unfinished Symphony No. 9 by Bruckner at the Palace of Arts. According to the background story of the Schubert piece, the manuscript was lost and was only found in 1865, well after the composer’s death. It was then that the […]
Recent times have clearly proved that the Budapest Festival Orchestra’s community projects are needed both in Budapest and around the country, therefore the orchestra will continue the free concert series between 10 and 16 November, this time including children programmes as well. The orchestra plans to give community concerts at as many provincial venues as possible, enabling local people to become familiar with the magic of live music.
In collaboration with Rabbi Slomó Köves, the Budapest Festival Orchestra has launched a new community programme series in abandoned synagogues in Hungary in order to raise awareness of Jewish heritage and to educate local communities of the diversity that was once prevalent throughout Hungary.
As part of its community programmes, the Budapest Festival Orchestra visited three Hungarian churches, over and above the synagogues and homes for the elderly, to make a gift of music for the lovers of Baroque and those who find it difficult to visit a concert hall. The churches were filled to capacity on each occasion, and thus the music of Bach could touch almost a thousand souls.
The notion that “music belongs to everyone” is not an empty slogan with the Budapest Festival Orchestra but a specific goal. The BFO often performs outside the concert hall so that as many people as possible can hear one of the world’s leading orchestras at a live event, including those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy our performances.
The concert programme has changed: instead of the originally announced harpsichord concerto by C. P. E. Bach, we will present Mozart’s piano concerto in C major (K. 246), a piece relatively seldom performed at concerts. Jos van Immerseel, who will lead the Baroque ensemble of the Festival Orchestra at the concert, will play the piece […]
The Patron, Benefactor and Diamond members of the BFO’s Supporters’ Club gathered for a casual dinner party at the orchestra’s Rehearsal Hall.
Mária Albert / Gramofon.hu
In September 2014 and May 2015 the Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) conducted by Iván Fischer will perform Brahms’s four symphonies. The cycle is part of the season ticket concerts of the forthcoming season. The new season will begin with the Bridging Europe festival on 10 September. Igor Stravinsky has been chosen for the starring role of the music marathon, while the next Mozart opera to be performed will be The Magic Flute.
Is there any chance that crowds of youngsters, who do not like anything previous generations did, would want to visit various classical music events? More and more artistic companies and institutions have recently been trying to attract them to attend performances, but some tricks are still required.