Budapest Festival Orchestra’s free online “Quarantine Soirees”

Posted on: March 18, 2020

“In Hungary, the innovative composer and conductor Ivan Fischer has created a brilliant new concert series in response to the worldwide musical shutdown” during the coronavirus pandemic, writes Joanne Shurvell in Tuesday’s (3/17) Forbes.com. “The Maestro and his Budapest Festival Orchestra launched ‘Quarantine Soirees’ on 16 March 2020 and the chamber music concerts will continue nightly online at 7:45 pm (Central European time)…. Every evening, members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra will give a concert from their rehearsal studio. The concerts are free…. Forthcoming evening concerts in the series will include pieces by Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert, plus Hungarian contemporary composer Gyorgy Orban … Fischer … is well known for bringing his music to audiences that are often excluded. Every season he and the orchestra organize two Community Weeks during which the orchestra’s chamber ensembles play in nursing homes, child-care institutions, schools, prisons, churches and synagogues. And for the past five years he and his orchestra have organized the extremely popular annual Dancing on the Square, where hundreds of children from underprivileged areas of Hungary dance together at a free, open-air event.”