European Medical Students Perform Carmina Burana For Charity In Hungary

  • 10 Jul 2013 12:04 PM
European Medical Students Perform Carmina Burana For Charity In Hungary
Not less than 160 participants will stand on the stages of the Open-Air Festival (SZEGED) and the Italian Institute of Culture (BUDAPEST) to give two charity concerts at the end of July, 2013. The performers are brought together by the European Medical Students’ Orchestra and Choir (EMSOC), an international cultural project where medical students and young doctors come together to practise their musical talent by rehearsing and performing classical music every year in a different European country.

It all started in 1993, in Germany where a chamber orchestra was formed, and as time went by the number of participants grew to a great extent. Along with the increasing number of participants the chamber orchestra has grown into a large symphonic orchestra supplemented by a mixed choir as well. Among others the following cities were appointed to host EMSOC in the previous years: London, Barcelona, Ljubljana, Vienna, Basel, Prague, Oslo, Rome, Berlin, Warsaw, Riga, Edinburg, Heidelberg, Manchester, Giessen.

This year’s organization has been awarded to the city of Szeged, Hungary. Participants from more than twenty European countries will gather to form a symphonic orchestra and a mixed choir. Besides the rehearsals, medical students and doctors from different parts of Europe will have the opportunity to visit historical sights and see natural beauties both in the South Plains Region of Hungary and in the capital city. The whole programme which lasts for 11 days will end with two charity concerts, one in Szeged and the other in Budapest.

The international character of the project will be emphasized even more by the soloists of the event: famous opera-singers Iris Eggler (soprano, Switzerland), Georg Kalmbach (tenor, Germany) and Zoltán Kelemen (bariton, Hungary) happily agreed to be part of performing Carl Orff's Carmina Burana as the second piece of the concert programme. During the first half of the performance the orchestra will play the „Dances of Galánta”, a traditional Hungarian piece by the well-known Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály.

The whole event will be conducted by Péter Somorjai, professor and conductor at the University of Szeged. He will be assisted by Anna-Katharina Kalmbach, a professional choir-master from Germany (currently working in Switzerland) who was also appointed as the EMSOC choir-master during EMSOC 2011 in Giessen (Germany), and EMSOC 2012 in Rijeka (Croatia).

As a tradition, the income of the concerts will go to charity. This year EMSOC will support the Institute of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (University of Szeged), and the Childrens Hospital the 1st (Budapest, Semmelweis University).

Concert venues:
• 26th July 2013, Friday, 7pm – Szeged, Open-Air Festival – New-Szeged stage
• 28th July 2013, Sunday, 7pm – Budapest, Italian Institue of Culture (1088, Budapest, Bródy S. street 8.)

Ticket prices:
• Szeged: 1.500 HUF / 2.000 HUF / 2.500 HUF
• Budapest: 2.200 HUF

Tickets for the concerts are available in the InterTicket offices and also online:

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