Budapest Festival Orchestra
News March 18, 2013

An ear-opening night

Clarinet player at the bass drum, clapping musicians, famous melodies reborn and transformed, the "tintinnabuli" technique and a fully sun-dependent composition – unusual surprises and remarkable features at the concert of the BFO's New Music Ensemble on 22 March.

At the second evening of contemporary music this season, directed this time by György Lakatos, the ensemble created last year by the Budapest Festival Orchestra has once again put together a programme that proves the standing motto of the concerts: the music of today, the tomorrow of music.

This ear-opening night, no black tie required, offers an experience which will be liberating in various respects. The classics of contemporary music (Pärt, Staud, Berio, as well as Kurtág, Jeney, László Sáry and Dukay) will be represented by their works. The last production of the concert promises to be something quite spectacular as an almost 50 year-old piece by Luciano Berio, the famous Folk Songs, will be sung in a whole host of languages (from Azerbaijani through Armenian and Sardinian dialects to Occitan) by Andrea Meláth.

"Jolly Doomsday" prior to the concert, in the Red and Black Gallery of the Millenáris Theatre, from 6.00pm. Doomsday for three voices and a guitar: the bitter-sweet evening of Tibor Keresztury and Mihály Víg based on the short stories of Tibor Keresztury published in his collection of short stories entitled "A készlet erejéig" [Subject to availability] and the legendary hits of Mihály Víg (Balaton, Trabant, Cigánydalok [Gypsy Songs]) Featuring: Csenge Szilágyi Directed by: Eszter Novák

Those buying a ticket for both the literary evening and the concert will be entitled to a discount of HUF 500.