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Midnight date

Midnight date

Alex Horváth and his wife, Petra Köves, will always remember a Midnight Music concert as their first real date. That evening of music led to a life together, and the couple are now the parents of two beautiful children. Let's celebrate our 40th birthday with BFO stories!

I should mention that I was familiar with the Budapest Festival Orchestra already before meeting my wife; I had been to several of their concerts. I also make music: I play the piano and the cello, and we sometimes play chamber music with friends. My wife plays the guitar.

Shortly after we met – which was at a wine festival in the City Park – I was looking at what activity to choose for ourselves the following weekend. That was how I came across a Midnight Music concert in the Castle Garden Bazaar.

I took Petra there, and in fact that was where we took our first photo together, sitting on the floor, waiting to be admitted. We then found a spot and a beanbag, too. I remember sharing one beanbag, the two of us curled up comfortably together for the entire concert. The orchestra was playing Mahler. We loved it. We were married three and a half years ago, and since that concert, we have two children.

Photo: Gábor Máté