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Christmas Chamber Concert

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Chamber Concert

Chamber Concert

Spend the first evening of Christmas on 25th December with our chamber concert organised in the beautiful neobaroque theatre of the Danube Palace! You can listen to a special programme which was compiled just for this evening by the Danube Chamber Orchestra, including well-known and popular works of famous composers.

Outside Hungary it sounds unusual to include a typical Hungarian folk instrument, the cimbalom to perform with a symphony orchestra, but in Hungary the beauty of this instrumental combination has been known since the 19th century. Join us for an unforgettable musical travel á la hongroise through the most beautiful classical melodies ever, Mozart, Liszt or Gershwin performed by a symphony orchestra accompanied by the traditional Hungarian cimbalom (hammer dulcimer).

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The Danube Symphony Orchestra, formed in 1961, gives many performances both in Hungary and abroad. Their repertoire covers almost every musical style from the Baroque music to music of the 20th century. The Orchestra consists of 60 professional musicians, performing the most famous classical melodies combined with typical Hungarian instrument, the Cimbalom (Hammer Dulcimer). It is a unique opportunity to hear the most popular masterpieces of classical music interpreted by cimbalom and symphonic orchestra in a virtuous way, exclusively in Hungary. A concert of the Danube Symphony Orchestra is an experience no music lover should miss when visiting Budapest.

Their permanent conductor is the dynamic András Deák, but they often welcome guest conductors from Hungary or abroad. They have collaborated with many prestigious guest artist such as the singer Giuseppe di Stefano, the flutist James Galway and even Ray Charles. They gave performances all over Europe, in countries such as Germany, France, Switzerland, Holland and Italy.

The cimbalom, which adds a special sound to the concerts of the Danube Symphony Orchestra is a world renowned Hungarian folk instrument played primarily with beaters. It is equipped with a heavy frame for more dynamic power and has many added string courses for an extended range of sound and also a damper pedal to allow more dynamic control.

Their permanent concert hall is the theatre of the Danube Palace.

The Chamber Concert starts at 20:00 consisting of two 40-45 minutes long parts with an intermission in between.

To top up your unforgettable chamber concert, upgrade it to a complete evening program with Dinner & Cruise at 22:00! Let us invite you to a romantic candlelight dinner on one of our heated ships. The Cruise starts at 22:00, but will always wait for the guests from the theatre to arrive, escorted by our hosts and hostesses.

 

PROGRAM OF THE CHRISTMAS CONCERT
BY THE DANUBE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

25. 12.

Part 1.

Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto Grosso
Joseph Haydn: Rondo all’Ongarese
Johann S. Bach – Charles Gounod: Ave Maria
Imre Kálmán: The Csárdás Queen - Overture
Ferenc Erkel: Palotás from the Opera Hunyadi László
Ferenc Lehár: Gold and Silver Waltz
Jules Massenet: Thais - Meditation
Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances no. 5


Part 2.

Imre Kálmán: Devil-rider - Palotás
Johann Strauss: The Blue Danube - Waltz
Cymbalo solo
Grinspun: Choric Dance
Johann Strauss: Pizzicato Polka
Vittorio Monti: Czardas
Johann Strauss: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
Johann Strauss: Radetzky March

Ticket prices:

I. cat.

Adults: 41 EUR
Students: 39 EUR

II.cat.

Adults: 37 EUR
Students: 34 EUR

III. cat.

Adults: 33 EUR
Students: 31 EUR

VIP cat.

99 EUR

Venue: Duna Palota

The Danube Palace was built between 1883 and 1885, in a splendid Neo-Baroque style according to the plans of Vilmos Freund. At that time it was known as the casino of Lipótváros – but not in the term of gambling, but an aristocratic club for entertainment. From when it was built till the Second World War the Palace served as a place of culture, supported many young artists, and even Bartók, Kodály, Dvorák played in its first-class concert hall. Since 1951 the building has been carrying out the cultural programs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Nowadays the beautiful halls and rooms of the Danube Palace are hosting cultural, social and gala events like weddings and theatre performances. The restaurant on the first floor of the building is only open for private events. It often holds welcome receptions for diplomats arriving to Budapest. The balconies, the staircase and the ceiling were made from oakwood and in the restaurant the visitor can see what an original baroque ceiling should look like. Originally, the whole palace was decorated with gold motifs, familiar to Baroque churches.

Meeting Point: Duna Palota

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