Danube Symphony Concert with Cimbalom Show

Symphony concert with Cimbalom     

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A concert of the Danube Symphony Orchestra is an experience no music lover should miss when visiting Budapest. A symphonic orchestra accompanied by a traditional folk instrument is quite unusual outside of Hungary, but get a ticket for one of their concerts and you will hear Mozart, Liszt or Gershwin with a twist. The Danube Symphony Orchestra is accompanied by the cimbalom, or hammered dulcimer. Adding a folk instrument to classical favorites has a long tradition in Hungary, dating back to the 19th century. 

The Danube Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1961. Since then they have given many performances in Hungary and abroad. Their repertoire covers almost every musical style from  Baroque music to the music of the 20th century. They perform the most famous classical melodies combined with a traditional Hungarian folk instrument, the cimbalom (hammered Dulcimer). It is a unique opportunity to hear the masterpieces of the great composers interpreted by a folk instrument and a symphonic orchestra in a way which can be enjoyed only in Hungary.

Their permanent conductor is the dynamic personality, András Deák, but they often welcome guest conductors from Hungary and as well as abroad. They have collaborated with many prestigious guest artist such as singer, Giuseppe di Stefano, flutist, James Galway and even Ray Charles. They have given performances all over Europe, in countries such as Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Italy.

The 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.

Join us for an unforgettable musical journey with a uniquely Hungarian flavor!

Every concert starts at 20.00, and consists of two parts, 40-45 minutes each, plus an intermission.

Prorgram 2015

Berlioz: Rákóczi March
Erkel: Palotás from the opera
“László Hunyadi”
Delibes: Coppelia – Tschardas
Bartók: Romanian folk dances
Haydn: Farewell Symphony IV. movement
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

Kálmán: Devil-rider – Palotás
Lehár: Gold and Silver Waltz
Liszt: Love dreams
Folk-song adaptation: Under the mountains of Csitár
Kodály: Intermezzo
Monti: Csárdás
Strauss: Long live the Hungarians!
Strauss: Radetzky March

Cimbalom player:
Gergely Oláh
The Danube Symphony Orchestra is
conducted by

Venue of the program: Duna Palota (Danube Palace) - Address: Zrínyi utca 5., V. district, Budapest

Combine the Budapest Card with this program, and save money!

A special offer for those who would like to use the public transport of Budapest free and enjoy our special programs.

With the Budapest Card usage of public transportation in Budapest is completely free, and the Card offers a lot of discounts. The card is valid for 72 hours.

If you order the package, we can deliver it - with the tickets to the reception of your hotel.

You get discount from the price of the program if you buy them together.


2nd category: 26 EUR
1st category: 29 EUR
3rd category: 23 EUR
1st category + Budapest Card: 59 EUR
2nd category + Budapest Card: 56 EUR
3rd category + Budapest Card: 53 EUR
VIP ticket: 32 EUR

Reduced Prices (Students)

2nd category: 23 EUR
1st category: 26 EUR
3rd category: 20 EUR
1st category + Budapest Card: 59 EUR
2nd category + Budapest Card: 56 EUR
3rd category + Budapest Card: 53 EUR
VIP ticket: 32 EUR


2015, September : 5. 12. 26.
2015, October : 3. 10. 24.
2015, December : 27. 30.


Free date Gift Voucher

Give the gift of an unforgettable experience!

We give you the opportunity to surprise your loved ones with a wonderful experience by purchasing a free date ticket for them to use whenever they like.

It gets harder and harder to smile when we unwrap the umpteenth pair of socks or some other similarly unimaginative gift. Holidays, birthdays and anniversaries shouldn't be about hastily purchasing a predictable gift for our friends and family. In the past few decades studies have suggested that the joy one feels when receiving material presents, even if they are the long desired smart phone or a super expensive pair of designer shoes, doesn't last very long, especially when compared to experience gifts.

We offer you the opportunity to give the gift of our program that the recipient may enjoy at a time of his or her choosing within in a year. We request that ticket holders let us know a short time beforehand when we can expect them!


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