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Budapest Special Christmas Chamber Concert & Dinner Cruise

Spend the first evening of Christmas on 25th December with our chamber concert organised in the beautiful neobaroque theatre of the Danube Palace! You can listen to a special programme which was compiled just for this evening by the Danube Chamber Orchestra, including well-known and popular works of famous composers.

Outside Hungary it sounds unusual to include a typical Hungarian folk instrument, the cimbalom to perform with a symphony orchestra, but in Hungary the beauty of this instrumental combination has been known since the 19th century. Join us for an unforgettable musical travel á la hongroise through the most beautiful classical melodies ever, Mozart, Liszt or Gershwin performed by a symphony orchestra accompanied by the traditional Hungarian cimbalom (hammer dulcimer).

The Danube Symphony Orchestra, formed in 1961, gives many performances both in Hungary and abroad. Their repertoire covers almost every musical style from the Baroque music to music of the 20th century. The Orchestra consists of 60 professional musicians, performing the most famous classical melodies combined with typical Hungarian instrument, the Cimbalom (Hammer Dulcimer). It is a unique opportunity to hear the most popular masterpieces of classical music interpreted by cimbalom and symphonic orchestra in a virtuous way, exclusively in Hungary. A concert of the Danube Symphony Orchestra is an experience no music lover should miss when visiting Budapest.

Their permanent conductor is the dynamic András Deák, but they often welcome guest conductors from Hungary or abroad. They have collaborated with many prestigious guest artist such as the singer Giuseppe di Stefano, the flutist James Galway and even Ray Charles. They gave performances all over Europe, in countries such as Germany, France, Switzerland, Holland and Italy.

The cimbalom, which adds a special sound to the concerts of the Danube Symphony Orchestra is a world renowned Hungarian folk instrument played primarily with beaters. It is equipped with a heavy frame for more dynamic power and has many added string courses for an extended range of sound and also a damper pedal to allow more dynamic control.

Their permanent concert hall is the theatre of the Danube Palace.

The Chamber Concert starts at 17:00 consisting of two 35-40 minutes long parts with an intermission in between.

A special Christmas time evening concert consisting of a symphonic orchestra, hungarian folk song adaptations, operetta and ballet performances.

1. Meeting for Christmas Chamber Concert: 16:30
2. Seat and technical arrangements: 16:30-17:00
3. Starting of Christmas Chamber Concert: 17:00
4. Intermission: 17:35
5. Starting of the second part: 17:50
6. Ending of Christmas Chamber Concert: 18:25
7. Meeting for Danube Cruise at the same venue: 18:30
8. Hostess assistance for cruise: 18:30-18:45
9. Departure time of Danube Cruise: 19:00
10. Arrival time of Danube Cruise: 21:00

Concert Part 1
Corelli: Concerto Grosso
Haydn: Rondo all’Ongarese
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons: Winter – II. Largo
Kálmán: Csárdáskirálynő nyitány
Erkel: Palotás from the Opera Hunyadi László
Lehár:  Gold and Silver Waltz
Massenet: Thais – Meditation
Brahms: Hungarian Dances No.5

Concert Part 2
Kálmán: Devil-rider – Palotás
Strauss: The Blue Danube – Waltz
Cymbalo solo
Grinspun: Choric Dance
Strauss: Pizzicato Polka
Monti:  Czardas
Strauss: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
Strauss: Radetzky March

Open Buffet Dinner Menu 2018

Cold entries
Spiced cottage cheese cream and traditional greaves cream

Alföld style goulash with small dumplings
From autumn to spring: Vegetable cream soup
Summer time: Cold fruit soup

Warm main courses
Mini stuffed cabbage
Traditional chicken leg „Paprikasch”
Roasted chicken breast with basil-cheese sauce
Spicy pork rib with thyme – mustard sauce
Roasted sea fish with Chardonnay sauce

Garnishes and vegetarian
Grilled polenta with feta cheese
Grilled vegetables
Homemade dumplings with spinach and mustard-mushroom sauce
Steamed jasmin rice with corn
Hash-brown potatoes
Steak potatoes

Fresh seasonal salads with dressings

What's included

  • Basic Christmas Chamber Concert Ticket
  • Open Buffet Dinner 
  • 2 hours long Danube River Cruise
  • Welcoming drink, another additional drink

What's not included

  • Meals and beverages other than stated
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips (optional)
  • 1st, 2nd category tickets (Additional offer)

Meeting point

Danube Palace, Budapest, Zrínyi u. 5, 1051 Hungary

From EUR 84 per person

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Full refund is guaranteed if the cancellation is made 48 hours prior the offer's start date. We don't apply any refund if the cancellation is made less than 48 hours before offer start date.

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Offer ID: 3384

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