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Classical Music Festivals in Hungary

Tihany Open Air Theatre
June - August 2017

The open-air theatre next to the Inner Lake awaits visitors with live performances and concerts. The setting sun and the peninsula itself provides a stunning background to the Friday and Saturday evening performances.
For futher information please visit the website of Tihany Open-Air Theatre.


Festival Esterházy 2017: Picnic Concerts
5-6 July, 9-10 August 2017
Esterházy Palace, Kismarton (Eisenstadt)

A unique treat for body and soul: music for the ears and mouth-watering morsels for the taste buds. The festival Esterházy's popular Picnic Concerts are an all-round enjoyable experience. It would be hard to find such a delightful combination of music, nature and architecture anywhere else! This year the dazzling team of the Pressburg Symphony and conductor Jochem Hochstenbach present a true feast for the ears. Catering to all tastes, the menu includes exquisite Italian arias performed by young opera stars. Alternatively, enjoy Mozart's clarinet concerto with Tyrolean artist Wenzel Fuchs, a member of the Berlin Philharmonic, coupled with the captivating symphonic delicacy of Tchaikovsky's Fifth. This is all rounded off by great food and drink! Preordered picnic baskets or the served deluxe picnic can be enjoyed before the concerts on Saturdays and in the extended intermission on Sundays – a fabulous experience in Esterházy Palace's enchanting private park.

The concerts:
5. and 6. July: Triumphal procession
9. and 10. August: Opera gala
For futher information please visit the website of Festival Esterházy.


International Bartók Seminar and Festival
8-15 July 2017

The International Bartók Seminar and Festival is a classical music festival that dates back to 1967. It is organized annually, always in the middle of July. The specialty of the event is that it combines Bartók's works with new, contemporary music. During the festival, Béla Bartók's most important works and the findings of musicological researches are interpreted by the best Hungarian and foreign artists, ensembles and musicologists. During the past couple of decades the event was marked by musicians such as Zoltán Kocsis, Péter Eötvös, György Kurtág, Heinz Holliger, Zoltán Peskó, Miklós Perényi, György Pauk, György Ligeti or John Cage. In addition to the concerts and master classes of piano, violin, chamber music, singing, composition and conducting, the Béla Bartók Seminar and Festival offers a wide-range of events such as musicology lectures, folk music programs, film screenings, exhibitions and round-table discussions.

For futher information and the full programme please visit the website of International Bartók Seminar and Festival.


Music Festival in the Vajdahunyad Castle
July-August 2017
Vajdahunyad Festival
The summer festival features a series of concerts in the courtyard of the fairy-tale-like Vajdahunyad Castle. Not only is the castle itself a romantic venue but also the surrounding area of the City Park with many of Budapest's beautiful attractions from the Széchenyi Baths to the Art Nouveau Budapest Zoo or the Millennium Monument on Heroes' Square, flanked by two art museums. The mostly classical music concerts are staged at the Gothic and Renaissance buildings of the eclectic Vajdahunyad Castle. Most of the concerts are scheduled for Friday, Saturday or Sunday. 

For futher information and the full programme please visit the website of Vajdahunyad Castle Summer Festival.



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