On October 1, the Budapest Strings Chamber Orchestra celebrated International Music Day – a special day dedicated to music and recognized by UNESCO - at the Budapest Music Center.
The concert was a special occasion for the “Bartók-Pásztory” Award-winning Chamber Orchestra. They announced the foundation of the “Friends of Budapest Strings”, an exclusive club, whose members have a unique opportunity to support the work of the orchestra and to enjoy the benefits of the membership.
János Takács, chairman of the board of trustees, emphasized that International Music Day is a wonderful opportunity for the initiative, and encouraged the audience to join the club, to take their share in the success. He mentioned that for the Budapest Strings every day, when the founder and art director of the orchestra, the 91-year-old Kossuth Prize-winning cellist Károly Botkay is with them, is a celebration; so it was such an occasion that night as well.
International Music Day has been celebrated worldwide since 1975 at the initiative of Yehudi Menuhin. To quote the famous violinist "… all over the world people will express their deepest human feelings and their highest hopes through the medium of music … I would urge every village and every city, every region and every country to arrange musical manifestations of every description." And indeed, various, sometimes special, musical events are held on this occasion in many parts of the world.
One of the curiosities of the celebratory concert held at the BMC was Luigi Boccherini's rarely-played symphony "The Devil's House". Ambassadors of several countries, representatives of embassies, company managers, and presidents of chambers of commerce alongside the orchestra’s core audience loudly applauded Tchaikovsky's “Serenade for Strings” in C major and accorded standing ovation to Johann Sebastian Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in D minor.
The orchestra’s concertmaster, Liszt Prize-winning violinist János Pilz - who also played the solo of the Bach work with Gabriella Takács Nagy -, expressed the hope that on this special day, a new opportunity would open up for a culture-loving community enjoying and supporting music.
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