classical music, opera, theatre

Danubia Orchestra Óbuda

one interval
Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest
  • Discoveries

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The programme for this concert offers the audience both treasures that hardly need to be discovered along with other ones that you can bet are ripe for discovery. The latter certainly includes the orchestral work by the young South Korean composer Donghoon Shin, and there is no doubt that his countrywoman, the conductor for the evening, also offers in her own self a discovery to experience: all the more so because it is still a rarity in most countries around the world to see an orchestra being conducted by a woman.

One way to read the story of the millennia of human history is as one of various inequalities and injustices. One chapter of this story is about the many activities that social conventions stubbornly prevented women from engaging in. These have been numerous, and many of them still remain. One of them, without a doubt, has been the job of conductor. It seems that, from the very beginning, the world has seen conductors as being somehow in command, and even today many people feel that anyone giving commands should be a man... However, giving commands is not what a conductor does, as their task is instead to unite, coordinate, harmonise, help, encourage and inspire! And this is what Holly Hyun Choe - born in Seoul but raised in California - does when she has the baton in her hand too. These days, this happens most frequently in Switzerland, as she currently heads an orchestra there. A winner of the prestigious Claudio Abbado Composition Prize, Donghoon Shin lives in London. The composition of his being performed at this concert received its world première two years ago, with Péter Eötvös conducting. The prominent and well-established Hungarian pianist József Balog needs no introduction, and neither do Ravel's Piano Concerto or Prokofiev's Classical Symphony. Shostakovich's light-hearted Ninth Symphony (there do actually exist some light-hearted ninth symphonies!), on the other hand, will still have the power of novelty for many people. Let's go and discover them!

The concert takes place in collaboration with the Péter Eötvös Foundation.

The concert will be preceded from 6.30 pm by a conversation entitled Prelude, where ticket holders will be invited to get to know the performing musician and the works to be performed more closely.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest


  • Holly Hyun Choe
  • piano
    József Balog

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