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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