Müpa Winter Open Air: Family fun from advent-eco-concert to nativity masquerade

A family concert, a hot chocolate, and a few rounds of skating surely help us all to get in Christmas mood. Come to the Müpa Winter Open Air!

How Danyèl Waro from Réunion discovered folk music as a mean of fight against oppression

In the first twenty years of my career, playing maloya was something to fight for, not to live from – says Danyel Waro, the “proud bastard” of Réunion.

Silence in the place of sound – but what in the place of silence? Remembering Dezső Tandori

He created an own universe, went on his own path, and after his poetry arrived to collective consciousness, no one could think the same old ways anymore.

An eternal mystery: Cécile McLorin Salvant lets her hoarse voice fly

Three years after her first Budapest concert, she is coming back as part of a duo with New Orleans pianist Sullivan Fortner.

Some Favourites of the Erdődy Orchestra – interview with Zsolt Szefcsik

Innovative spirit, rediscovery of forgotten pieces, playing at unusual places, contributing to Polish-Hungarian siblinghood: this is the Erdődy Orchestra.

Music that shows you how deep can silence be – interview with James Wood

Rumi always returns us to the quiet, reflective state of Khamush in the final strophe – this is to allow ’the giver of speech to speak’.

Electra is a murderer in my view – says choreographer János Feledi

Characters stay the same, but we put them in contemporary situations. Swirling and flowing emotions will be easy to understand and feel.

Angels fly to Budapest – Péter Eötvös’ opera for the first time in Hungary

The Budapest premiere will happen on the 10th of October as part of the CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival, together with the Neue Oper Wien.

Nick Cave’s guitarist is giving a concert in the Müpa

Two of Dirtmusic’s founding members are Chris Eckman and Hugo Race. Latter was in Nick Cave’s accompanying band Bad Seeds, and played on its first album.

Rolando Villazón – opera singer with jester vibes and a dinosaur mask

After leaving the shower cabin, Villazón started to develop his voice – and fell in love with the genre of opera forever.

“We are all related!” – A show featuring a Hungarian ethnomusicologist and Caucasian folk musicians

Gergely Agócs has been conducting research in the Caucasus for almost two decades. His new show Paternal Branch features former research participants.

Japanese lady found alternative ways that led to Hungarian composer – interview with Ryoko Aoki

After the concert, Toshio Hosokawa introduced me to Peter. He knew that I am Noh singer, he said “Please sing my piece Harakiri”.

Jazz Spring welcomes three great female jazz musicians this year

Jane Monheit can thank Ella Fitzgerald, Ida Nielsen to Prince, and Tia Fuller to Beyoncé that their career had a great start.

Why do musicians fear Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3?

“Rachmaninoff composed this peace to do whatever he wanted with the instrument he dominated. It was a demonstration of possibilities.”

The Far East Draws Near

To us, Tai Chi Chuan is not just a martial art, but a system of motion and composition made up of given movements in perfect harmony with nature…

Presenting All the Beauty of Vertical Dance

Strings will be important elements of the performance, both literally and metaphorically. We’d like the people in the audience to discover common threads…

He Comes, He Sees, He Conquers

Valery Gergiev arrives to this year’s Budapest Spring Festival with two productions – Iolantha and Cinderella -, giving three performances.

The Sherlock Holmes of Russian Opera

“The creation and later life of Khovanshchina surpasses even detective novels when it comes to mystery and adventure…” János Bojti and Mussorgsky.

Glittering like gold – five personalities, five special-themed concerts

We can expect a diverse programme, but the incredible quality links all five individual concerts together. Gold Standard series of the Pannon Philharmonics.

Budapest opens festival season in Europe – 39. Spring Festival launches on 5 April

“We are the Budapest Spring Festival”, says executive director Csaba Káel. Franz Liszt, Russian culture and the 100-year-old Bauhaus in the spotlight.

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