...a country (Hungary) whose population, even today, is barely over ten million has produced so many musicians and so much outstanding music. I am grateful for having been born and trained there.

Sir Georg Solti
King St Stephan High School Symphony Orchestra – 25th Jubilee Concert

8 March 2020, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

King St Stephan High School Symphony Orchestra – 25th Jubilee Concert

Erkel: Festival Overture
Liszt: Piano Concerto in E-flat major
Bartók: Rhapsody No. 1, BB 94b
Kodály: Psalmus Hungaricus, Op. 13

Sebestyén Pellet (piano), Gábor Bocsák (violin), András Molnár (vocals)
Children's Choir of the Liszt Ferenc Primary School, Vass Lajos Choir of the Vasas Art Foundation, Budapest Lantos Choir
King St Stephan High School Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Bence Juhász
Host: Tamás Zelinka

The Jubilee Symphony Orchestra of St Stephen Grammar School was founded by former enthusiastic members of the ‘Stephen’ orchestra on World Music Day, 1 October 1995. On the occasion of their quarter centenary, they appear in public with a programme made up of masterpieces from Hungarian music. ▪ Ferenc Erkel’s Festival Overture was composed for the 50th anniversary of the National Theatre inaugurated in 1837. The initial fanfare theme, melodic moments of the Summons and Hymn do evoke a festive atmosphere. ▪ Ferenc Liszt’s Piano Concerto in E-flat major composed as one piece but containing four parts each with a different character is played by Sebestyén Pellet, a gifted young student of the Liszt Academy. ▪ Bartók wrote Rhapsody No. 1 in a structure inherited from the Lisztian Hungarian rhapsodies. It features a solo by Gábor Bocsák, orchestra concertmaster. ▪ The five-movement Hungarian Sketches was born out of the orchestration of the composer’s own works for piano. ▪ The orchestra revive old relationships in their performance of Kodály’s Psalmus Hungaricus, on the one hand in the person of tenor András Molnár, and on the other hand as regards the participating choirs. Bence Juhász, conductor-choirmaster, who is nearly the ‘same age’ as the orchestra, conducts this recital. He is currently attending the Doctoral School of the Liszt Academy.

Presented by

Partitúra Foundation

Tickets:

HUF 2 500, 2 900, 3 200, 3 500