Fill your heart with joy listening to classical music on a gloomy Thursday night. The Hungarian Cultural Center proudly presents Zoltán Kodály’s Missa Brevis by an exceptional up and coming talent, István Bán at St. Peter’s Church, Midtown Manhattan, on March 15, 6:00 PM.
On March 15, we celebrate the 170th anniversary of the 1848 Hungarian revolution and freedom fight. When it comes to freedom and heroism, Americans and Hungarians speak the same language, especially if it is interpreted through music. This presentation of Kodály’s Missa Brevis, as an ode to freedom, commemorates the heroes of the revolution.
Missa Brevis was written by Kodály during the bombing of Budapest under World War II, in the cellar of the Hungarian Opera House, where he was hiding. As the first premiere after the war was over, it was meant to provide war-torn people with hope, harmony and the sense of beauty.
Experience the uplifting spirit of Missa Brevis and beautiful pieces for organ by composers such as Bach, Liszt and Widor!Join us for the hour-long celebration of rebirth, on March 15, 2018, at 6 PM at Saint Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan, New York) at the organ recital of the mass and the following reception.
István Bán is an already established virtuoso Europe-wide. He is a rising star of top-notch classical music events like the Wiener Orgelkonzerte in Vienna, the Budapest Bach Week or the Festival’ Aix en Provence in France. Since 2002, he is a member of the world-famous Arnold Schoenberg Choir and a regular performer at highest ranking venues like the Royal Festival Hall of London, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, or the Basilica of Pisa. Mr. Bán is collaborating with classical music elite of Europe, including the Concentus Musikus, the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.