A number of the Budapest Festival Orchestra season ticket holders became fans of live classical music at one of the ensemble’s previous Cocoa concerts.
Their children now make up the core of Cocoa concert audiences. The series can now look back over more than two decades of weekend afternoons of music and storytelling in a family atmosphere, introducing the world of music to a young audience. Iván Fischer, Erika Illési and the musicians of the orchestra introduce children from 5 to 12 years of age – and, of course, their parents and grandparents as well – to the wonders of classical music, through a free-ranging and interactive programme.
The BFO, together with the Nemzetközi Cseperedő Alapítvány (an international foundation to support children and families living with autism), has created a unique, autism-friendly version of the Cocoa concerts, where children living with autism, along with their siblings and other family members, are able to enjoy this concert format developed especially for them. Before the concerts, we send some helpful materials to the families so that the children can prepare for the visual and audio effects they are going to experience, and so that they can feel safe at the performance.
Our Cocoa concert season tickets are quite popular; they are, however, sold out for the 2017-2018 season. To purchase season tickets for the next season, we recommend music lovers keep an eye on the season kick-off in March, so as not to miss a single performance in the series.
The Cocoa concerts are supported by: