The festive Opening Concert of Budapest Ritmo pays tribute to the genius of Béla Bartók, and the endless inspiration of folk music.
A musical journey takes the audience to the time and place of Bartók’s field collections: a world where folk music was present in every moment of daily life, as well as the sacred rites of communities. The concert presents a unique selection of Hungarian and Romanian tunes from Transylvania, Serbian and Slovakian folk treasures, and the Bartók compositions inspired by them.
Excellent musicians guide us in the discovery: the spirited Söndörgő and Buda Folk Band as the new generation, Vujicsics with their established art, Szilvia Bognár lending her beautiful voice, Antal Zalai and József Balog as acclaimed masters of the violin and piano respectively, finally Ifjú Szívek Dance Theatre crown the show.
Original recordings and photos make the experience complete: the concert gives a rare occasion to experience the world-famous Hungarian composer from within, set in the top-notch concert hall bearing his name.
The evening begins with Buda Folk Band, Antal Zalai and József Balog playing Hungarian and Romanian music, displaying their original take and confident skill.
Serbian tunes arise from the hands of two generations: Söndörgő and Vujicsics, complemented by Szilvia Bognár’s enchanting vocal skills.
Bartók’s intimate relationship to the Slovakian Uplands receives a gifted presentation by Ifjú Szívek Dance Theatre from Bratislava. The piece entitled “Letters from the Uplands” showcases Hungarian, Slovakian, Gypsy, Ruthenian and Jewish dances with writings by Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, Sándor Petőfi and Sándor Márai as a literary backdrop.
Early bird tickets can be purchased until 01.10.
Discount (Student & Pensioner) tickets can be purchased at the venue during the festival.