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Tribute to a Hungarian Legend

Thursday 28 November 2024, 7.30pm
Cadogan Hall

Smetana The Bartered Bride: Overture
Péter Eötvös Cziffra Psodia (UK premiere)
Brahms Symphony No.2

Alexander Shelley Conductor
János Balázs Piano

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The RPO’s Principal Associate Conductor Alexander Shelley has been called ‘a natural communicator’ – and tonight he has a joyous story to tell. He kicks off with the whirlwind energy and homespun high-spirits of Smetana’s irresistible comedy overture. He finishes with the blazing trumpets and big, sunlit melodies of Brahms’ Second and happiest symphony – it was written while the composer was on his summer holidays, and you can tell! In between, we’re making musical history, with the first UK performance of a new piano concerto written by the Hungarian sonic conjuror Peter Eötvös in homage to György Cziffra, a family friend of the composer who survived communist brutality to become one of the 20th century’s most dazzling pianists. It’s played by János Balázs, who gave the world premiere in Paris, in 2021.

This concert is jointly presented by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cziffra Festival.

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Large print versions and digital formats of the programme for this concert are available on request for customers with accessibility requirements. Please email your request to Doran Crowhurst at least one full week before the performance.

Ticket information

Doors: 6.45pm

Concert starts: 7.30pm (approximate end time: 9.45pm)

Tickets from £18* (prices subject to change)

Series ticket discounts are available:

  • book 2 or 3 concerts, save 15%
  • book 4 or 5 concerts, save 25%
  • book 6 or more concerts, save 30%

Student tickets available, book via Student Pulse.

Under 18 offers apply: £5* for children aged 7–17 in bands D–E.

This event is not recommended for children under 5. Customers aged 14 or below must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over.

RPO Club

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Groups of just 6+ save up to 35% – phone 020 7608 8840 to find out more.

School tickets are available for £5, subject to availability. Phone 020 7608 8840 or email to find out more.

*All orders made via the RPO are subject to a £4 transaction fee. For group bookings of 10+, a £1 fee per ticket applies (capped at £30 per booking).
Prices are subject to change, book as early as you can to secure the best choice of seats at the best possible prices.

Tickets for RPO Brent Members

A limited number of tickets are available for this performance at a special price for RPO Brent members in bands D–E.

To book tickets, members should make sure that they are logged into their RPO account. The offer will then automatically be applied in the basket.

Tickets are limited so if the offer is not applied that may be because there are no longer any tickets available for this offer.

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