News BMC 20/5

BMC 20/5 is the dual anniversary of Budapest Music Center, celebrating the company's 20-year history and the 5th birthday of BMC House with a three-day festival between the 4th and 6th of May, 2018 featuring classical, contemporary and jazz programs representing BMC's history.

The concert program starts on the 4th of May with BMC 20/5 | Da Capo which will be streamed live on BMC's Youtube Channel. György Ligeti's Cello Concerto will be performed by the UMZE Ensemble (conductor: Zoltán Rácz) and Ditta Rohmann. The Saint Ephraim Male Choir (artistic director: Tamás Bubnó) will perform a selection from the history of vocal music with traditional songs and hymns as well as works by Béla Bartók, Béla Faragó, and László Sáry. Piano four-hands by György Kurtág and Franz Schubert will be played by Ferenc Rados and András Kemenes. The closing piece will be Da Capo by Péter Eötvös, performed by the UMZE Ensemble (conductor: Zoltán Rácz) and Miklós Lukács on the cimbalom. On the 5th of May, the Modern Art Orchestra led by Kornél Fekete-Kovács will take the stage to perform the big band arrangement of Gershwin's Porgy & Bess created by the legendary pair, Miles Davis and Gil Evans. On the 6th of May, Gábor Csalog's recital closes the Concert Hall's program with a dialogue between Schumann and Schönberg.

Opus Jazz Club has been taking an ever-increasingly important role as a European jazz hub. What better way to represent this commitment than having Marcin Maseki and Jerzy Rogiewicz present their new album Ragtime released by BMC Records on the 4th of May as part of the EurOpus series? On the following day, Opus hosts a truly great selection of Hungarian contemporary jazz at its HungarOpus night featuring six bands in a 2-hour show: Szakcsi Trio, Dresch Quartet, Arura, Cimbiózis, András Dés Trio and Áron Tálas Trio.

The BMC Hungarian Music Information Center and Library celebrates with two movie screenings and a multimedia concert. Judit Kele's portrait film The Matchstick Man about composer György Kurtág will be screened on the 4th of May. Tibor Szemző and László Gőz present their audiovisual concert on the 5th of May. A stunningly personal documentary about Béla Bartók directed by József Sipos featuring interviews with Bartók's son completes the program on the 6th of May.