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    Recently I was in Hungary for the purposes of adopting a little girl. While that was certainly the highlight, I took advantage of the fact that I would be in Budapest itself for a week to try and find a classical music performance to attend. Given my limited window, the only thing I could find was an organ concert, but it was wonderful.

    I took my two older boys (10 and 13) to hear a ~1 hour performance at the Szent Istvan (Saint Steven) Basilika on the Pest side. The organist was Gyula Pfeiffer, who, as I read, teaches in the town of Györ, west of Budapest. He was accompanied for various pieces by violin (Éva Duválvy), trumpet (György Geiger), a tenor (Xavier Rivadeneira), and a soprano (Zsuzsanna Skoff). The performances were fine - I thought the soprano's voice was a bit under-powered for the repertoire and the setting. But it was still a wonderful experience!

    The performance included:
    Bach - Tocatta in D Minor, Air from Orchestral Suite No. 2
    Handel - Rejoice from The Messiah
    Albinoni - Sonata di Chiesa
    Handel - Largo from Xerxes
    Vivaldi - Largo from Winter
    Gounod - Ave Maria
    Widor - Tocatta from the Organ Symphony
    Liszt - Ave Maris Stella
    Albinoni - Adagio
    Franck - Panis Angelicus
    Massanet - Thais Meditation
    Schubert - Ave Maria
    Mozart - Alleluja from Exsultate, Jubilate

    More than the performance, it was an incredible experience. Not the best performance ever, but hearing it, in this venue, with my boys, is an experience I will always remember (and sitting in ridiculously uncomfortable seats, which still cost $100 for the 3 of us!).

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    how many people attended? unfortunately, these tickets are more expensive than opera performances in Erkel Theatre.

    if you have luck, you can go to free organ concerts in Budapest (Matthias Church, Lutheran Church of Budavár, Fasori Church, Church of St. Anne at Batthyány Square).
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    Glad you had a wonderful time in Budapest, and congratulations on you adoption. I trust all has gone well.

    Not just in Budapest there is a trend for rather overpriced concerts in cathedrals, i.e. compared to concert halls, but at least it was a great experience for you.

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    Today's concert in Pasarét Franciscan Church - Bach's St John Passion
    there are free concerts as well here, just have to know where to go! János Kovács was the conductor, and the soloists were also from the Opera (Tamás Szüle, Atala Schöck, István Horváth, etc.).

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