Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich

The predecessor to the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich commenced functioning as early as 1868, although it later received its name from the concert hall inaugurated by Brahms in 1895. The Tonhalle was the work of the architectural duo of Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer, who also designed the Comedy and Operetta Theatres in Budapest, the National Theatre of Szeged and Kecskemét's Katona József Theatre. In its more than a century and a half of existence, the ensemble has played under the batons of such renowned conductors as Volkmar Andreae, Hans Rosbaud, Rudolf Kempe, Charles Dutoit, Gerd Albrecht, Christoph Eschenbach and David Zinman. Their current chief conductor is the middle child of the Järvi dynasty: born in 1962, Paavo Järvi starts his five-year contract with the orchestra during this 2019/20 season.

Program and cast

Conductor: Paavo Järvi

Clarinet, Martin Fröst


Bartók: Dance Suite, Sz. 77, BB 86
Copland: Clarinet Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op. 64

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January 2020

Palace of Arts

The Palace of Arts (Művészetek Palotája in Hungarian) is a building in Ferencváros, Budapest, Hungary, officially opened in March 2005. It is located near Rákóczi Bridge and was designed by Zoboky, Demeter and Partners Architectural Office. The National Theatre, which opened in 2002, is located next to it.


Both the Palace of Arts and the National Theatre are part of the new Millennium City Center being created in Budapest.

The structure of the Palace of Arts covers a ground area of 10,000 m² and the total floor space of the building is 70,000 m². It received the Prix d’Excellence of FIABCI in 2006.

The general manager is Csaba Kael.


Performing arts and other facilities


Bartók National Concert Hall is 25 m high, 25 m wide and 52 m long, providing a total capacity for 1,699 people. The concert hall features variable acoustics. The organ of the concert hall, inaugurated in 2006 by Xaver Varnus, has 92 stops and 5 manuals as well as 470 wooden pipes, 5028 tin pipes and 1214 reed pipes. It is one of the largest organs in Europe. A fully playable virtual version of this pipe organ named Palace of Arts Budapest Pipe Organ Samples was developed in 2008.


Ludwig Museum.  This is a state of the art Contemporary Art Museum with paintings by;Picasso("Musketeer With Sword"),David Hockney,Tom Wesselman,Richard Estes("Rappaport Pharmacy") plus paintings by these Modern Hungarian Masters;Imre Bukta("Officers at Pig Feast").Laszlo Feher,and Imre Bak.There are also creations by;Claes Oldenburg ("Lingerie Counter"),Yoko Ono,and Markus Lupertz.

Festival Theatre.  The Festival Theatre, in the Eastern third of the Palace of Arts building, seats 452 and also has the most modern technology.

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