Budapest Spring Festival 2014
This Spring, one can enjoy a cavalcade of experiences and surprises in a fortnight of cultural treats, the Budapest Spring Festival from 21st March to 6th April. A plethora of performances of all genres from traditional to contemporary, await you at a range of venues from the ornate to the intimate
Among the highlights of the festival will be two of Bach's "Passions", St Matthew, performed by the well-known Collegium Vocale Ghent, and the Passion of St John (conducted by Christoph Prégardien.) In addition to Bach, other classical masterpieces such as Tosca, Handel's Orlando, and works by Beethoven and Haydn will be played to packed auditoriums.
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will be in full force, conducted by Zubin Mehta. Other great names include The Ensemble Matheus, Famous baritones Simon Keenlyside (UK) and Erwin Schrott (Uruguay) and Moldavian violin virtuoso Patricia Kopatchinskaja. These last three will participate in the 70th birthday tribute concert for Hungarian composer Péter Eötvös.
As well as classical music, other genres such as Jazz will be represented by Lee Ritenour and Matt Bianco, and Márta Sebestyén and many others showing the amazing diversity of Hungarian Folk Music. There will be dance performances by the Szeged Contemporary Dance Company and the Central European Dance Theatre, drama in the form of "Thus Spake Zarathustra". To really push the boundaries of the event, Circus performances by Recirquel with their new show, the Naked Clown.
Venues such as the Palace of Arts and the Madách International Festival Theatre will be supported by more unconventional locations like the Budapest History Museum and the Hungarian National Gallery.
All in all it promises to be a festival to be remembered, so don't forget to book ahead. Tickets and info can be found online.