Happy 20th Anniversary to the Budapest Festival Orchestra!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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To commemorate its 20th Anniversary in New York, The Budapest Festival Orchestra returned to Carnegie Hall on February 18 for a special performance directed and conducted by the legendary Maestro Iván Fischer followed by a celebratory gala.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra, (rated among the top ten orchestras in the world), has a lot of devoted music supporters, like Chairman Stephen Benko and Gala Co-Chairs Sylvia Hemingway and Kati Marton. Guests including Ambassador Donald Blinken and Mrs. Vera Blinken, Ambassador Ferenc Kumin, Daisy Soros, Peter and Jamee Gregory and Adrienne Vittadini, gathered at Carnegie Hall for the Romanticism-centered dominated concert with Weber’s overture to his supernatural opera Der Freischütz. The evening featured virtuous performances by pianist Marc-André Hamelin who played Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 concluding the musical program for the night.

After the triumphant concert, guests including George Ledes, Christine Schott-LedesJana Bullock and Stefan Englert were welcomed at the Weill Terrace Room for a Gala dinner and reception catered by Starr Catering Group featuring a touching speech by Mr. Fischer.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra’s admirers like Laszlo and Petra Balassy, Radko Benko, Noreen and Ken Buckfire, Stephen Fuzesi, Jr., George Kellner, David and Julie Tobey, Sylvia Toth and Tim Warner spent the rest of the night reminiscing about the hauntingly melodic performance presented to them that night by Maestro Fischer that David Allen of The New York Times described “might be the best in the world.”

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