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International Music Day

Festival Theatre
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest
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While we would happily listen to music any day of the year, since 1975 the first of October has been a special date in the life of music lovers. On the initiative of the world famous violinist Yehudi Menuhin, 1 October was named International Music Day by the UNESCO International Music Council. Nearly half a century on, the tradition continues to thrive. Living out the words of Menuhin, this year the students and ensembles of the Béla Bartók Conservatory will show how 'music helps us come to understand each other.'

The ideas of Yehudi Menuhin's speech in Toronto have lost none of their relevance: "Words have been abused many, many times, especially as a result of growing ignorance in today's society. Music, however, continues to provide a path for people to understand each other today, when the prejudices of the past are farther away from humanity than ever before, but the eternal values that have always been part of all artistic manifestations of all peoples come to the fore.” His call gave birth to a movement, and ever since, on this day music has been performed across the world in the widest array of venues, genres and styles. Müpa Budapest has invited music schools to its International Music Day event on several occasions. Now, the Béla Bartók Conservatory, Hungary's oldest secondary music education institute, will take centre stage. Its roots date back to the Hungarian Reform Era, and today at the 'Konzi' more than 350 young students encounter the beauty of music across two dozen disciplines. The future is already here: on the stage we will encounter the artists of tomorrow.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest

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  • In collaboration with the students and ensembles of the Béla Bartók Conservatory
  • Presenter
    Szabolcs Molnár

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