It is seldom given in the life of a cultural politician that the creation of two dominant cultural institutions have been tied to his name. György Fekete was given this: he was one of the founders, then the first president of the National Cultural Fund, then almost two decades later he was instrumental when the Hungarian Academy of Arts became a public body, and he was its president for two terms. We asked György Vashegyi, who followed him in this post in 2017.
Mondonville on special CD
After a successful performance of the almost forgotten opera of Mondonville, entitled Isbé at Müpa in Budapest last year György Vashegyi, corresponding member of MMA and his ensembles, the Orfeo Orchestra and the Purcell Choir made a CD from their concert with international cooperation. The title role is taken by British soprano Katherine Watson, while Isbé's other suitor, Coridon, is sung by tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen.
Pastorale - the musical series in Vigadó
MMA and Zugló Philharmonic Orchestra is carrying on the Pastorale series started last year in Vigado, centre of MMA. On assignment of MMA Vigado gives home to the Pastorale musical series at two weekends in every month. The program addresses every generation, but is especially inteded for families with children who love music and dance.
The 127 paintings of Győző Somogyi, regular member of MMA and the 66 photographs, light, space and installations of Péter Párkányi Raab can be seen at the exhibition entitled Choice at King Saint Stephen Museum in Székesfehérvár.
IV. Madách International Theatre Meeting
The National Theatre is arranging the 4th Madách International Theatre Meeting (MITEM) between 12 and 30 April 2017. The successful festival of the past three years is going to be followed by a spectacular and exciting meeting this year too.