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The 4th Russian Music Festival @ Budapest – Debrecen – Tihany 2021.

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A day before the official opening to the Russian Music Festival, was held a press conference in the Great Hall of the Kölcsey Center together with the co-organizer of the concerts  at Debrecen with the Kodály Philharmonic Debrecen.

After last year, well-known and lesser-known Russian melodies will be heard again at three places: Budapest, in Debrecen and in Tihany between  1-12 October.2021.

This year, too, the focus will be on Tchaikovsky, whose celebration of the 180th anniversary of his birth last year, but due to the virus situation, had not been able to keep the entire program, so this year wished to make up for that.

Marcell Szabó – artistic director of the festival, has put together a program for the festival that focuses on different instruments at each concert, such as violin, harp, organ and piano, as shown by the Russian masters.

Imre Kollár –  chief conductor of the Kodály Philharmonic said it was a fantastic thing and a challenge for an orcheser a to be able to perform at such a festival at the beginning of the season with such an exceptional show.explained that this year Tchaikovsky will be the focus of the festival program. Added  “The Russian Music Festival” is like a treasure trove, because Russian classical music is an inexhaustible source, of which even the knowledgeable, practicing musicians know only a small part.

Ernő Kállai – violinist expressed his joy that the concert, which was already planned for last year, can now be performed with the Kodály Philharmonic. He plays for the first time in Debrecen, but he has also collaborated with the orchester and conductor Imre Kollár several times, mainly presenting Tchaikovsky pieces.

In addition to Tchaikovsky, the works of Prokofiev, Rachmaninov Mussorgsky, Klui, Glinka will also be performed at the festival.
Naturally thought about the next generation … the children of today also, therefore will be holding children’s programs in Budapest, Debrecen and Tihany.

Music and faith inspired the works of the Grand Master of Russian Romanticism, having the opening concerts will take place in the sanctuary of music, the Academy of Music and the sanctuary of faith in the Tihany Abbey.

The Pest Vigado
will be appearing as a new venue, where may gain an insight into all three of Tchaikovsky’s ballets within the framework of an exciting piano marathon. Last year, the National Library for Foreign Languages ​​made its debut successfully, so this year, colorful shows will be held in the beautiful reading room. Our traditionally recurring event venue is the Russian Cultural Center, where there will be concerts, exhibitions and film screenings.

Of course, there will be co-events this time as well: opera and ballet film screenings, an exhibition, a prose evening, Russian folk music and a children’s program will add color to the music offer.

Have a look at website and/or Facebook page for accurate shows and updates.

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Riport & Snaps Aggie Reiter

“150 Years of the Vigadó” – Budapest – Hungary


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January is the Ballroom season  … The first public dance ball was held 150 years ago!

Coming up … „Back to the Future”

Just a year before the 150th anniversary of the VIGADÓ, the “Hungarian Academy of Arts” was officially opened on March, 14. 2014. with an exhibition commemorating the oeuvre of Imre Makovecz, the founder of the Hungarian Academy of Arts.

The building’s predecessor, the Redoute and Vigadó originally was intended to be a Ballroom of dance and at that time there was no such right size of place. In 1865 the Vigadó Overture solved this gap by opening the Ballroom to the first public dance.

The Vigadó operational HQ’s of the Hungarian Academy of Arts is celebrating this year its 150th anniversary of the opening and shoots off with a series of programs in the frame of: “150 Years of the Vigadó”

The Hungarian Academy of Arts is proud to contribute to the Jubilee bonded rich in past of the Vigadó, and just as in 1865 celebrated within a  series of programs for over a month …  so remembering the past, this year on its 150 anniversary, the public body also decided to round mark the anniversary by handing over many cultural programs.

One of the outstanding event in January will be on Thursday, January, 29. at 8.15 p.m. with live broadcasting from the Royal Opera House – London „Giordano: André Chénier”  in the Chamber Hall.  

Venue: District, V., –  2. Vigadó Square – Budapest.

Naturally, the multi-applicability had the advantage in the early years and in a short time the most successful international composers also were performing at the Ceremonial Hall. To-day still functioning as a „center of artistic” – Vigadó Concert Hall in Budapest and also known as a sophisticated building in Europe.

The Vigadó Hall is the only venue in Hungary to have six branch of arts showing in one day at a time. In the building around the historic spaces can be held, visited different productions and sites, as: conference, concert, exhibition, library, Chamber Hall, Vigadó Gallery, coffee-house.

If these „Walls” could speak over a handful of unique events …  ice balls, fancy-dress parties … etc.

Some backgrounds … Most luxurious ball to be hosted at the Vigadó was the one organized by the National Rowing and Sailing Association in 1870, with a rich order of dances, lavish props, a sailor-suit military band, and a goldfish pool. The most noteworthy ball was the one commemorating István Széchenyi, known in Hungary as “the greatest Hungarian”. In 1867 Emperor Franz Joseph attended the banquet hosted by the Vigadó in honour of his coronation, and it was also here that Budapest was born by the merger of the old cities of Pest, Buda and Óbuda (old Buda).

The Vigadó hosted the first all-Liszt concert in Hungary in 1869 At his celebration of his half-century artistic career, Liszt was presented with a gold laurel wreath and a number of foreign awards, including honorary membership of the St. Petersburg Academy of Music. In 1875 Liszt and Wagner co-organized a concert to raise funds for the construction of the Bayreuth Theater (Festspielhaus) – Germany.

The Vigadó also hosted performances by: Johann Strauss Jr.,Mascagni, Dvořak, Debussy, Arthur Rubinstein. Ernő Dohnányi had his first solo concert here. Béla Bartók and Annie Fischer made their debuts here in 1905 and 1932 respectively. Richard Strauss conducted from the rostrum of the Vigadó several times, and Prokofiev also appeared on its stage as a pianist.

Beside classical music, jazz had also found its way into the music ears within the Vigadó programs. Teddy Sinclair conducted the Savoy Orphée band with a flashlight as a baton in 1928. Also the outstanding twenty-four-piano jazz concert was organized  by the Saxon Concert Office during the spring of 1937.

From among the Hungarian conductor celebrities, János Ferencsik conducted the Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time here in 1938. The last foreign guest conductor to appear here before the end of the war was Herbert von Karajan in 1944.

World-famous performers who stepped on stage at the newly reconstructed Vigadó, included György Cziffra, Dénes Kovács, Eszter Perényi, Miklós Szenthelyi, and Sviatoslav Richter. Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi conducted the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra here as well.

Update by Aggie Reiter