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New Year's Concert for Young People

Haydn: The Creation - excerpts

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Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest

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Close your eyes, listen to the music and watch the images that appear in your mind! Do you hear the rumbling of the primordial chaos and the sudden glimmer of a ray of light? The way the blue planet emerges from the gloom to be populated by the very first aquatic and terrestrial organisms? And from the beginning there is love, which becomes the main force controlling the universe with the arrival of the biblical human couple Adam and Eve. New Year's means Ádám Fischer and Haydn, and the afternoon concert is primarily, but of course not exclusively, for schoolchildren.

This is one of Müpa Budapest's oldest and most noble traditions: the first day of the new year is spent in the spirit of the great Austrian composer Haydn. Our internationally renowned conductor Ádám Fischer has long made it his mission to impart the passion for classical music to the next generations at as early an age as possible. His partners this year are the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra and the Hungarian Radio Choir, along with three outstanding soloists: Rita Rácz, Zoltán Megyesi and Marcell Bakonyi. Explaining with context and commentary the excerpts these artists will sing in Hungarian will be the conductor himself. Go ahead and trust your ears: Ádám Fischer and his fellow musicians aim to help school-age children approach the seemingly abstract world of listening to music not as something unknown and terrifying, but as a rich and inviting realm to explore. The thematically varied and carefully selected excerpts from Haydn's oratorio The Creation offer a perfect introduction to both the new year and to the genres of symphonic music and oratorio. The secret lies in the composer's refined simplicity: when evoking the creation of the new world, he chooses colours from his rich palette that prompt young people and their parents alike to gaze at and realise that there are few things more wonderful than being alive.

Age: 12-16 year
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
  • Ádám Fischer
  • soprano
    Rita Rácz
  • tenor
    Zoltán Megyesi
  • bass
    Marcell Bakonyi
  • Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra
  • Hungarian Radio Choir (choirmaster: Zoltán Pad)

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