We take the stage, searching for familiar faces, receiving pandering looks, feeling happy for one another. The expectations of both us and the audience fill the hall, a calm before the storm. The concert master stands up, we find our sound in a moment, and magic is only one person away.
„…what do we feel at that moment? Many times it is expectation, a thrill, pride and sometimes healthy anxiety. But we often wonder whether this is the previous, or the next venue. :) There is no stopping us… It’s a good thing to be a part of.” Róbert Zentai, Stage Manager of the BFO
„For the musician, the stage is a sanctuary, the performance a celebration. We all study for years, preparing and waiting our turn finally to step out in front of the audience. Orchestral music-making is the result of long personal journeys, but looking after and improving our instrumental skills takes a lifetime of learning. Our job is to find the spiritual processes within selected works of music literature, then to mould them into a sound.” István Kádár, violin
„I always get so excited, which comes from the clash of the expected and the unexpected, of the known and the unknown, of homeliness and adventure. It’s like being a kid just before your birthday; I know I’m going to receive something, maybe I have a hunch of what it’s going to be, but the way it is given, the way they await my joy, the way I tear at the paper… this is what it feels like before a concert.” Eszter Erdélyi, audience member
„Already in tune… awaiting a miracle… the moment…, and one can hear a pin drop. When the air feels like it will burst at any moment… when one forgets to breathe… and awaiting the miracle… you can hear your own heart beat…” Erzsébet Portényi, audience member
„For me the concert begins with the tuning… maybe it’s because my father played in an orchestra, but for me it means something incredibly homely and moving, and it builds the excitement. I have never understood how it happens, but already, at that point, you can feel how the concert is going to be. And when the conductor or the soloist goes on stage, everything is more or less set. Whether it’s going to be a traditional, beautiful concert, or if we are soon to experience a miracle, the great encounter, catharsis, call it what you will. It was always a great experience to go to a rehearsal for an opera, or anything, and I have felt many times, even today, that this is the real thing, that this is how you can get to know and understand something.” Katalin Pető, audience member
„It is one of those heart-warming moments, when you most certainly feel the magic approaching. I generally go to concerts with my child, who is already attending music school, and it is fantastic to see the eager expectation with which she discovers and attaches importance to every little detail. Her eyes sparkle as she awaits the miracle. :)” Ildikó Korom, audience member