Hungarian State Folk Ensemble: Wonderful Nativity
The Müpa Budapest audience can once again enjoy the Hungarian Folk Ensemble's Christmas dance show, which made its debut last year to great acclaim. The performance presents Christmas Eve, the Christmas vigil and the joy and excitement of waiting, the games and traditions of folk origins and the Christian tradition of welcoming the birth of Jesus, as well as the fairytale-like, magical stories which have developed around this day. The audience will have the chance to live through the joyful moments of the last day of advent, from early morning to late evening, from the magical creation of snow by the fairies at dawn to the secret meeting of the snowmen, the preparation of magical honey-scented Christmas foods and the ceremony of setting up and decorating the Christmas tree. With no little humour, the emboldened horses pulling a sleigh, the fierce snowball battles and the paired ice dancers make up the Nativity procession, one of the most popular mystery plays of the Christmas period, where all participants in this magical journey come together at the end of the performance to experience sincere joy together at the arrival of the Redeemer, the incarnation of the Son of God. The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble's advent dance drama in seven parts (Hótündérek tánca; Csusszan a szánkó; HTT - Hóemberek Titkos Találkozója; Csilingelő lovas szán; Süssünk, süssünk valamit; Szabad-e bejönni ide betlehemmel?; Jaj, de szép a karácsonyfa) creates a genuine festive atmosphere, bringing us closer to the secrets of Christmas and reminding us of that childhood joy of anticipation. This performance is recommended for families. An excerpt of Anna Szabó T.'s poem Hóhullás (Snowfall) will be performed during the evening. The première was a joint production of Müpa Budapest and the Hungarian Heritage House - Hungarian State Folk Ensemble.
One of the most sought-after singers of this generation is Alireza Ghorbani. Born into a deeply religious family, Ghorbani was still only an adolescent when he stood out with his sublime recitation of the Koran. At the same time, he was always just as receptive to the sounds of the singers he heard on the radio. It was Gholām-Hossein Banān who had the biggest influence on him, as the first one to help him understand that the words of the Prophet Mohammed and the Sufi poet Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī could be easily integrated into each other. Ghorbani's greatest international triumph, Lost in Love - Persian love songs, beguiles its listeners into the legendary 'Garden of Roses'. It evokes the classical Persian poets like Omar Khayyam, Rūmī and Hafez, who drew inspiration for their work there, while still giving voice to the greats of contemporary Iranian poetry as well. Ghorbani is coming to Müpa Budapest together with masters of the classical Persian instruments like Saman Samimi, the composer of their music (playing kamancheh), Milad Mohammadi (on the tar) and Zakariya Yousefi (percussion instruments). Their concert promises nothing less than to show how medieval songs of mystical love can still break hearts today.
New Year's concert for young people
The Creation is a multi-layered masterpiece that is enjoyed by young and old alike. Joseph Haydn's oratorio proclaims the greatness and incredible richness of earthly existence, with each passage revealing the particulars of this miracle to the listener like a picture book - with vibrant colours, great warmth and charm, and no little humour. One can practically see the birds and slithering creatures coming to life before one's eyes while the seas, mountains and rivers are born as God creates the sun, the moon, light, and finally, man. This afternoon concert will feature the most spectacular parts of the work to be heard at the New Year's concert later that same evening, delivered courtesy of a host of excellent performers and conducted by the world-renowned Adam Fischer.