family and youth events

Elemental emotions in music - Sadness

Festival Theatre
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest

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It is a basic emotion, but one we would prefer to stay away from. Yet sadness is a necessary and inevitable feeling in all of our lives. In each case, it indicates some kind of loss, often associated with the moment of farewell: saying goodbye to a friend, friend, home, or even life itself. It has proved to be a serious and even sombre source of inspiration, and it certainly does not take long to come across melancholic sounds within classical music. Our selection is made accordingly.

Don't be alarmed by the topic, however, as sadness inherently encompasses the possibility of a fresh start. As wounds heal, people instinctively begin to examine how they could improve their life and the life of their loved ones. Living through and experiencing great contrasts can help that process. Experts say it is actually harmful to struggle against uncomfortable memories. Sadness and mourning must be experienced, they must be understood. So let us not be ashamed of our tears, we must allow our emotions to take their course! And let us not feel embarrassed if we blush when listening to the show. Besides some major symbolic farewell scenes from the history of music (such as the death of Åse or the farewell of Dido), the concert will also contain renditions of heartbreaking inserts of instrumental music, as well as excepts from Tchaikovsky's and Chopin's more sombre works. The host and moderator, the opera singer Szilveszter Szélpál, will help us to discover the subtle shades of this seemingly uniform emotion.

Before the performance, between 9.45 and 10.30, we will be running a free (and playful) interactive session for children entitled Tune-up. We look forward to welcoming both school groups and individual school-age youngsters attending the subsequent performance. Please register via by midnight on the Wednesday before the performance, specifying the number of participating children and their ages. The activity is recommended for children aged 6 and over, and will take place with a minimum of six children.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest

Ticket information

Tickets for this performance can be purchased with Müpa Budapest gift vouchers, but these can only be accepted for events presented as part of the Budapest Spring Festival and CAFe Budapest when making purchases in person.
At the Müpa Budapest ticket offices Edenred Gift cards, Top Premium gift cards, Edenred Silver, Gold and Platinum Gift cards, as well as OTP Cafeteria card culture sub-account balance, and OTP, MKB or K&H SZÉP Card leisure balance will also be accepted.

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  • Ádám Cser
  • voice, presenter
    Szilveszter Szélpál
  • Budapest Strings

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