Gala Concert and Dinner & Cruise

Music always had a special place in the Hungarian culture. The country’s unique folklore traditions, its numerous world famous composers and musicians had great influence in the European music life inspiring numerous foreign composers and artists.


Now you have the chance to experience this one of a kind harmony with the guidance of the country’s best performers. The show combines all the captivating elements of Classical, Operetta, Hungarian folk and Gypsy music, forming a truly exciting and precious event. One of the most famous Hungarian classical music ensembles, the Danube Symphony Orchestra is leading the performance, accompanied by professional ballet dancers for a more complex and vivid experience.


The program also features operetta performances by the soloists of the world-famous Budapest Operetta Theatre.


After classical music concert enjoy a dinner cruise on the Danube by candlelight. Take part on the 1.5 hour long river cruise on one of the heated/air-conditioned ships. You can enjoy a buffet dinner consisting of Hungarian and international specialities, vegetarian foods and many different delicious desserts, while admiring the one of a kind beauty of Budapest swimming in lights. After dinner you can enjoy the view from the open upper deck of the ship.

 

After the exquisite Gala concert enjoy a 1,5-hour dinner-cruise on the Danube surrounded by the breathtaking illuminated city    
                            
                                
Tour details    

                            
The concert starts at 20.00, and consists of two parts, 40-45 minutes each, plus an intermission.                       
Meeting point: inside the neo baroque theater hall, Danube Palace (1051 Zrínyi Street 5.) or the Pesti Vigado (Budapest, Vigadó tér 2, 1051)                                
Meeting time is 19.30.                                
The concert starts at 17:00 and 20.00, and consists of two parts, 40-45 minutes each, plus an intermission. 
Optional with Dinner & Cruise    

                            
Meeting Point information

                                
Meeting Point 1: Danube Palace (Budapest H-1051, Zrínyi Street 5) it’s a yellow neo-baroque building on the corner of the 4Seasons Hotel. At the end of the street you will see the Basilica. There will be a  person to greet you.         

 

Meeting point 2: Pesti Vigado Budapest, Vigadó tér 2, H-1051, a beautiful white building from Vörösmarty-Platz (terminus of subway # 1) in the direction of the Danube on the right side. There will be a person waiting in front of the door for you

 

Show in Danube Palace (1051, Budapest Zrinyi street 5.)
·         May: 4, 11, 18, 25
·         June: 8, 15, 22
·         July: 20, 27
·         Aug: 10
·         Sept: 7, 14, 21, 28
·         Oct: 5, 12, 19, 26
·         Dec: 25, 27, 30
 

Show In Pesti Vigadó (1051, Vigadó square 2.)
·         June: 29
·         July: 6, 13
·         Aug. 17, 24, 31

                               

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Danube Palace

The Danube Palace (Hungarian: Duna Palota) is a Neo-Baroque concert hall located at the Inner City of Budapest, Hungary.

 

History

 

The Danube Palace is a frothy Neo-Baroque concert hall completed in 1885 as part of Budapest’s massive expansion for the millennium celebrations. Hungary was a thousand years old in 1896 and the Habsburg Emperor Franz Joseph I was determined to create a prestigious city that reflected its ancient standing.

 

It was built between 1894 and 1897, according to the plans of Vilmos Freund, in co-operation with the contractor Géza Márkus.

 

Originally, it was a casino, but not the official meaning of gambling, rather a place for entertainment. The Danube Palace was the home of many theatrical performances, the same way as nowadays. The beautiful halls and rooms of the building provide an excellent opportunity for several events.

 

The building took its current shape in 1941. Between 1895 and the II. World War, the Danube Palace was open for the public with various events. During the war it was completely empty, because that part of the Danube was also the front line between the occupying Soviets on the Pest side, and the Germans on the Buda side.

 

After the end of the II. World War in 1945, the German military blew up all the bridges which connecting the two sides of the Hungarian capital. That is why, we can see a few modern buildings in the area of the Danube palace, for example the building of the Sofitel hotel and of the Intercontinental Hotel.

 

Above the restaurant

 

The Danube Palace belonged to the Ministry of Interior after the war, that was responsible for the law and order of the country. From 1945 until 1989, the police played an important role in everyday social life. The building was closed from the public, only police officers and the members of the Ministry of Interior could apply for membership. The new government acted for innovation and for new values and also used the Danube Palace as a cultural center for the powerful and influential members of the time.

Several changes were made in the interior after the World War II. The balcony, the ceiling and the staircase were rebuilt out of oak. The glass have remained entirely intact. They were created by Miksa Roth and are titled Kenyérünnep (Feast of the new bread). At the center of the glass, there is a woman, who holds a fresh baked loaf of bread made from freshly reaped grains. In the upper left corner, there is a Hungarian soldier holding a flag and next to him there are two working women with a red flag, which reminiscent of the Soviet times. The Palace has several lovely and elegant salons, each perfect for filming, such as the Brown Salon.

 

The Brown Room

 

The Brown Salon – that once served as a smoking room –, is now a conference hall. The flower-ornamented, brown ceiling was an appropriate setting for filming. For example, one scene of the Evita was filmed there, which main character was Madonna, the well-known pop diva. In the film, this was her bedroom, where she broke up with her lover, Juan. Madonna was not the only famous person who showed up the halls of the Danube Palace. The first president of the Casino of Lipótváros was Miksa Falk, the grandfather of Peter Falk, better known as Columbo. At that time, the Casino supported young artists, for example Béla Bartók who performed his opera there, called Bluebeard's Castle. The production was deemed unfit for the stage however nowaday it is the composer's most popular piece. Along with Bartók, other artists such as Zoltán Kodály and Antonín Dvořák were performed in the theater hall.

 

The Theater Hall

 

The theater hall is very interesting because of two reasons. At first, this is the only theater in Hungary with a cupola. The second reason is its cooling system that can also found in the Hungarian Parliament Building aside from the Danube Palace. Its functions are quite simply: the aipressure from the basement moves the cool air which flowing into the concert hall with the help of pipes. Of course, there is a modern aircondition system in the building as well, but unless the temperature rises around 40 degrees, they use the old one.

The cupola paintings are the work of Lajos Márk, and the gold ornaments are reminiscent of baroque churches. There is a harp above the stage, which is a replacment of the Soviet coat of arms.

After the fall of socialism the building remained in the hands of the Ministry of Interior, but was once again open to the public for receptions, exhibitions and weddings.

By Oláh Igor - Own work, © By Oláh Igor - Own work,
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