Conductor: Iván Fischer
The Budapest Festival Orchestra is preparing for an exciting challenge. At their concert it is not the conductor but the audience who will decide on the programme.
The members of the audience will have a say in what ends up on the programme this evening. They will get to determine the line-up from a musical menu offering a broad selection of flavours. “This concert is like a present, all wrapped up. It is like when a child announces ahead of time what they would like for Christmas, but at the same time, of course, they also want to be surprised,” says the host of the concert, Iván Fischer.
The Festival Orchestra may be the only symphony ensemble in the world whose musicians play orchestra pieces, contemporary and baroque chamber music, and jazz as well as folk music. They can also sing, or in some cases even dance, making music if necessary with a couple of paint cans or thimbles. It’s an orchestra for whom nothing is impossible. Like all BFO concerts, this concert of classical music will be exciting and unusual, but also celebratory.