“Let’s play to become children!” (Erika Illési, violinist)
Many of our adult audience members learned to love classical music at our concerts. Their children now make up the core of Cocoa Concert audiences. The series can now look back at more than two decades of weekend afternoons of music and storytelling in a family atmosphere, introducing the world of music to young audiences. This season, we once again welcome families to our interactive concerts, and after the music and applause have died down, the young audience will be able to queue up for polka-dot mugs of hot cocoa.
“My son looks forward to these events almost as much as he looks forward to Santa (and he spends much of the year waiting for Santa)! They have really helped him grow fond of classical music.”
With the help of the International Cseperedő Foundation, Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra have, in recent years, developed a unique concert format that provides a safe and fun environment for autistic children and their families alike. Before the concerts, we send some helpful materials to the families so that they can prepare for the visual and audio e ects and make sure the children do not encounter anything unexpected during the concert. By the time they enter the orchestra’s rehearsal hall, they will already be familiar with the musicians’ faces as well as their instruments. We also o er a hand to guide them during the concerts: story-like explanations and colourful visual tools help the little ones follow the music.
In addition to the regular Cocoa Concert Season Tickets, family season tickets are also available for committed concertgoers.
The Cocoa concerts are supported by: