- 28 Aug 2023 9:42 AM
On 4 September, the BFO celebrates the city’s 150th birthday by performing an overture composed specifically for the occasion.
According to orchestra founder Iván Fischer puts it, “To celebrate Budapest’s 50th birthday in 1923, they staged a major concert. It served as the premiere of new works composed for the occasion: Ernő Dohnányi’s Festival Overture, Béla Bartók’s Dance Suite and Zoltán Kodály’s Psalmus Hungaricus.
The Budapest Festival Orchestra will continue this tradition on the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the capital, with the premiere of the winning submission composed for the occasion. The BFO will also perform Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony.”
Dance has retained a prominent role: the BFO has hosted the Dancing on the Square project five times, promoting tolerance and acceptance. Each year, for the closing event, hundreds of young people from disadvantaged regions danced together in Heroes’ Square to the music of the orchestra.
Concert starts at 6.30pm, no registration needed.