A festive gala performance welcomes the opening of the newly restored Vigadó Concert Hall on 14 March. Remaining faithful to the musical traditions of the institute, the programme is compiled of pieces by Erkel, Liszt and Balassa. The Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra (the orchestra of the Opera) is conducted by Ádám Medveczky.
The so-called Pesti Vigadó was known to serve different purposes in the 19th century: besides balls and celebrations several classical music performances took place here. International artists coming to the Hungarian capital appeared on stage one after the other such as Johannes Brahms, Camille Saint-Saëns or Claude Debussy, but Bruno Walter and Herbert von Karajan could also be seen on the podium. After its inauguration the Vigadó was seen as the home of the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra for thirty years, which was conducted here many times by Ferenc Erkel.
At the 14 March gala performance the orchestra of the Opera plays Festival Overture (Ünnepi nyitány) by Erkel as well as Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major with Gergely Bogányi as soloist. Speeches are delivered by Zoltán Balog, minister of human resources, György Fekete, president of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, and István Tarlós, lord mayor of Budapest. The entire building of the Vigadó and the exhibition dedicated to the founder and eternal president, architect Imre Makovecz is open to the public from 17 March.