Week-Long Kurtág 90 Festival Starts Sunday

  • 13 Feb 2016 7:04 AM
Week-Long Kurtág 90 Festival Starts Sunday
Hungarian and international musicians will pay their respects to composer and pianist György Kurtág to celebrate his 90th birthday at a week-long festival starting on Sunday. The Kurtág 90 festival organised by the Budapest Music Center (BMC) will be held between February 14 and 21.

Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music will host a grand concert on February 19 featuring Concerto Budapest conducted by András Keller, the Saint Ephraim Male Choir, pianists Pierre- Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich, cellist Louise Hopkins and György Kurtág Jr on electronics and keyboards.

The programme will include the Hungarian premiere of a Kurtág composition dedicated to Pierre Boulez and a joint composition by Kurtág, his son and Olivier Cuendet performed as a dialogue between a synthesiser and an orchestra.

During the evening, a video message from the Berlin Philharmonic will be broadcast, featuring conductor Simon Rattle and trumpet soloist Gábor Tarkövi on behalf of the musicians.

The festival programme also includes a piano concert by Zoltán Kocsis playing works from a manuscript that Kurtág prepared for him over a period of 32 years and the screening of a documentary entitled Kurtág Home Video by director Judit Kurtág, the composer’s granddaughter.

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Detailed program:

Kurtág 90 - Troussova / Splinters / Akhmatova
2016.02.14. Sunday 19.30
BMC Concert Hall

Kurtág 90 - From a different point of view — Round table discussion
2016.02.15. Monday 17.30
BMC Library

Kurtág 90 - Around pianists
2016.02.15. Monday 19.30
BMC Concert Hall

Kurtág 90 – Hommage à Kurtág
2016.02.16. Tuesday 19.30
BMC Concert Hall

Kurtág 90 – Games
2016.02.17. Wednesday 19.30
BMC Concert Hall

Kurtág 90 - Score book of Zoli Kocsis
2016.02.18. Thursday 18.00
BMC Concert Hall

Kurtág 90 – Birthday
2016.02.19. Friday 19.30
Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music

Kurtág 90 – Kurtág Home Video
2016.02.20. Saturday 19.30
Palace of Arts - Festival Theatre

Kurtág 90 - Kurtág, nearly unknown
2016.02.21. Sunday 19.30
BMC Concert Hall

Venue: BMC
Address: - 1093 Budapest, Mátyás utca 8.
+36 1 216-7894

Source and futher info: bmc.hu

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