The world’s ‘only Gypsy orchestra’ will perform on March 31, as part of the ‘Art against Drug’ 2011 Cultural Year.
Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra, also known as “100 violins,” will perform at Bucharest’s Palace Hall, according to a press release quoted by Mediafax. The concert will be held on March 31, starting from 8 p.m. and it is part of events to be organised all throughout 2011 under the name “Art against Drug” 2011 Cultural Year.
The concert will bring on the Palace Hall stage 100 musicians dressed in folk costumes, who will perform, as they always do, without a written score.
The Budapest Gypsy Symphony orchestra, self-titled the world’s only Gypsy orchestra, is known for blending in a unique manner the cultural inheritance of the Gypsy community with great classical works. Their music is particularly influenced by Johannes Brahms, Vittorio Monti, Piotr Tchaikovsky, Johann Strauss, and Johann Strauss II.
The beginnings of the orchestra could be described as ‘stuff of legend.’ In 1985, famous violin soloist and conductor Sandor Jaroka died. At his funeral, the community found itself again. Musicians came in large numbers to attend the funeral and say good bye to their spiritual leader. From a gloomy serenade over his grave the Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra was born.
And from that moment on, the orchestra has never ceased to play and has already enjoyed enormous success in many world-famous concert halls and festivals, notably in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italia, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey.
The orchestra is currently composed of 60 violins, nine violas, six cellos, ten double basses, nine clarinets and six cimbaloms.
Tickets for the Palace Hall performance can be purchased for RON 75, 100, 150 and 200. They are available at the Palace Hall box office, Bucharest National Theatre, Muzica Store, Nottara Theatre, Unirii 1 metro stop, Diverta, Germanos, Carrefour stores and online, on www.vandbilete.ro, www.bilete.ro, www.biletedelatati.ro, www.blt.ro, www.eventim.ro, www.ticketpoint.ro, www.biletoo.ro.