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Audiences in Budapest now can also enjoy the BFO’s performance for free


Audiences in Budapest now can also enjoy the BFO’s performance for free

The Budapest Festival Orchestra is dedicating their two fall community concerts to the healthcare and social workers who have so heroically risen to the occasion in times of the COVID pandemic. They will give free performances late September and early October in five locations: Esztergom, Pápa, and Kaposfüred, as well as districts VII and XIII of Budapest.

They are bringing early music pieces by Bach and Vivaldi to their three church concerts. To listen live to the Baroque ensemble of the BFO,

register for the events by clicking the link below. Don’t wait too long–the number of available places is limited.

October 2, 2020 Lutheran Church of Budapest-Fasor (Fasori Evangélikus templom, Budapest, District VII)

October 3, 2020 Saint Guardian Angels Church (Szent Őrangyalok templom, Kaposfüred)

October 4, 2020 Parish Church of St. Margaret (Árpád-házi Szent Margit templom, Budapest, District XIII)

(The concert on October 4 is co-organised with the Parish of St. Margaret.)

Abandoned synagogues come to life again

The next stops of the BFO’s Synagogue concert series are Esztergom and Pápa. The Cultural Centre in Esztergom has served a purpose other than its original one since World War II, and today houses a cultural institution. The synagogue in Pápa, built in a Classicist style and formerly the third largest synagogue in Hungary, has a completely different atmosphere with a beauty shining through the neglect. Here, too, religious life came to an end after World War II, and the orchestra is bringing these historically significant buildings back to life with the power of music.

In view of the pandemic situation, the flódni cake tasting is cancelled, and members of the audience will be treated with honey and apples instead. This time, the Synagogue concerts will feature pieces by Max Bruch and Charles Gounod, plus a little Klezmer.

Follow the links below to register to the free events:

September 29, 2020 Cultural Centre, Esztergom

September 30, 2020 Pápa Synagogue

Meanwhile, the last concerts of the Bridging Europe festival are still underway. If you prefer the acoustics of Müpa Budapest to those of churches and synagogues, you can enjoy the Festival Orchestra’s play led by Ivan Fischer twice on September 26. The concert on September 26 is streamed live on IDAGIO from 7:45 p.m., so you can follow it from everywhere around the world.