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Christmas Chamber concert + Dinner & Cruise

Christmas Chamber concert + Dinner & Cruise

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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 20:00 consisting of two 40-45 minutes long parts with an intermission in between.

To top up your unforgettable chamber concert, upgrade it to a complete evening program with Dinner & Cruise at 22:00! Let us invite you to a romantic candlelight dinner on one of our heated ships. The Cruise starts at 22:00, but will always wait for the guests from the theatre to arrive, escorted by our hosts and hostesses.

We promise you an unforgettable evening with romantic candlelight atmosphere.



25. 12.

Part 1.

Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto Grosso
Joseph Haydn: Rondo all’Ongarese
Johann S. Bach – Charles Gounod: Ave Maria
Imre Kálmán: The Csárdás Queen - Overture
Ferenc Erkel: Palotás from the Opera Hunyadi László
Ferenc Lehár: Gold and Silver Waltz
Jules Massenet: Thais - Meditation
Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances no. 5

Part 2.

Imre Kálmán: Devil-rider - Palotás
Johann Strauss: The Blue Danube - Waltz
Cymbalo solo
Grinspun: Choric Dance
Johann Strauss: Pizzicato Polka
Vittorio Monti: Czardas
Johann Strauss: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
Johann Strauss: Radetzky March

After Christmas Chamber Concert we would like to invite you to see the Budapest in the romantic atmosphere of a dinner by candlelight surrounded by the friendly lights of the Danube capital. After the end of the performance in the Duna Palota our hostesses will accompany you to of one of our ships, which will take you on a one and a half hours long cruise with an excellent warm buffet-dinner. In the romantic candlelight atmosphere you can enjoy the wonderful view of the city swimming in light. After dinner you can also admire the panorama from the open upper deck of the ship.

The ship cruise takes about one and a half hours.


Ticket prices:

I. cat.

Adult: 81 EUR
Student: 78 EUR

Adult: 76 EUR
Student: 74 EUR

III. cat.
Adult: 73 EUR
Student: 70 EUR

VIP cat: 138 EUR

Meeting Point:

Duna Palota

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