Daily Journal: Sunday, 23 April 2017

I must go shopping for some new shirts! That was the first thing that came to mind as I got out of bed. Spring is here and summer will be here before I know it. Plus, going to Sharm El-Sheikh next week, I’ll need some short sleeve shirts. After having some breakfast and getting ready I was out the door and on my way to Mammut Mall.

Once in the mall, that covers two city blocks on four floors of retail space, I had a good time walking around the stores. On one of the floors there was an event (couldn’t translate the name or why) of people putting using Rubik cubes to create a display. Each cube needed to be rotated so that it would fit the design. Then it dawned on my later that the inventor of the Rubik cube was from Hungary (Ernő Rubik).

I found a couple of light weight shirts at Marks & Spencer that I liked. Good to have something new to wear.

Got home in time to grab 40 winks and get ready for a chamber orchestra concert at 7:00 p.m. The venue was way out beyond the Metro system, so I got brave and hopped on the #2 line to the end and found the bus that dropped me off close to the performance hall. Having learned my lesson from prior adventures, left early just-in-case. And glad I did. The performance hall was in a community center in the Budapest suburbs. I saw at least one other person wandering around trying to find the building.

The hall looked like a converted gym, but had a nice stage and lighting for various types of performances. The following I pulled from the Spring Festival website since there wasn’t a program furnished with the concert.

Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra
Venue: Corvin Community Centre – Erzsébetliget Theatre

Program Notes:

The Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra was founded in February 2010 by students and graduates of the Liszt Academy. Its first independent concert was a sell-out event at Óbudai Társaskör. They have performed at such prestigious concert halls from that start as Budapest’s Liszt Academy, the Hungarian Radio’s Marble Hall, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Kodály Centre in Pécs, and the Teatro Verdi, Sardinia.
They have given successful concerts in several cities in the country, being frequent guests of Győr and Pécs, as well as of the Brunszvik Castle in Martonvásár and the mansion in Miszla. Since 2011, they have regularly been featured at the Budapest Spring Festival and the Ars Sacra Festival, and have taken part at the International Kodály Festival, the Pécs Summer Academy, and the “I grandi interpreti della musica 2013,” held in Sassari.

Program:

   Ivana Stefanović: The Tree of Life
   Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in D minor
   Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence

The encore was: Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni (one of my favorite pieces that I played on the piano)
          YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OvsVSWB4TI

The orchestra did a brilliant job and was glad I decided to make the journey to see them. Nice selection of music.

Getting back was fairly easy. Though was now dark and in an unfamiliar neighborhood. Just needed to find the bus stop to get back into the city. Arrived at the bus stop a few minutes before the bus arrived. Easy!

Got home around 10:30.

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