Christmas Chamber concert + Dinner & Cruise

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Christmas Chamber Concert of the
Danube Chamber Orchestra + Dinner & Cruise

Spend the Christmas evening 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.

Danube SymphonyeThe 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.



Part 1

Corelli: Concerto Grosso

Haydn: Rondo all’Ongarese

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons: Winter – II. Largo

Kálmán: Csárdáskirálynő nyitány

Erkel: Palotás from the Opera Hunyadi László

Lehár:  Gold and Silver Waltz

Massenet: Thais - Meditation

Brahms: Hungarian Dances No.5


Part 2

Kálmán: Devil-rider - Palotás

Strauss: The Blue Danube - Waltz

Cymbalo solo

Grinspun: Choric Dance

Strauss: Pizzicato Polka

Monti:  Czardas

Strauss: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka

Strauss: Radetzky March

After our 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 (Danube Palace), 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.

Cold entries
Spiced cottage cheese cream and traditional greaves cream

Alföld style goulash with small dumplings
From autumn to spring: Vegetable cream soup
Summer time: Cold fruit soup

Warm main courses
Mini stuffed cabbage
Traditional chicken leg „Paprikasch”
Roasted chicken breast with basil-cheese sauce
Spicy pork rib with thyme – mustard sauce
Roasted sea fish with Chardonnay sauce

Garnishes and vegetarian
Grilled polenta with feta cheese
Homemade dumplings with spinach and mustard-
mushroom sauce
Grilled vegetables
Steamed jasmin rice with corn
Hash-brown potatoes
Steak potatoes

Fresh seasonal salads with dressings
Italian pasta salad
Caesar’s salad
Sweet corn salad with mayonnaise

Home-made strudel
Somló style sponge cake
Dessert variations Európa style
Season fruit basket
Mini tarts

1 Glass of wine (or juice) and 1 bottle of mineral water


II. category with Dinner and Cruise: 76 EUR
III. category with Dinner and Cruise: 73 EUR

Reduced Prices (Students)

II. category with Dinner and Cruise: 74 EUR
III. category with Dinner and Cruise: 70 EUR


2018, December : 25.

Please, be at the meeting point latest 30 minutes before the program starts.

Meeting point: Danube Palace

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