On November 16, musicians of the Budapest Festival Orchestra - one of the world's best symphony orchestras - will leave the concert hall behind and immerse themselves in Budapest’s nightlife. Determined to treat visitors of the capital's favorite bars, cafés and clubs to an exceptional Thursday night experience, they look forward to encountering audiences who might otherwise be rare guests at concert halls.
This year, for the seventh time, Budapest's trendiest cafés and pubs will once again be filled with classical music. The rich musical event will celebrate the 150th birthday of Budapest, and is organized by Budapest Brand and the Budapest 150 project; the Festival Orchestra this time will join as an artistic partner.
For the first time in the history of the initiative, performers will also include international guests. In addition to the BFO's musicians, the Liszt Academy's international students will turn up at their favorite spots with instruments in hand, and will be joined by young foreign musicians invited by partner nations' embassies.
The mini concerts on the Night of Music, the most casual classical music event of the fall, will welcome music lovers on both sides of the Danube. The performances will be hosted at a dozen different venues: some in downtown Budapest as well as some in more suburban districts. The informal mini concerts will begin late in the afternoon and in some places will continue as late as midnight.
Participation is free of charge, but it may be a good idea to reserve tables as soon as possible at venues taking bookings, because seats tend to go quickly.