The Performing Arts Center presents the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. Tickets are $34 (rear balcony) and $39 (orchestra/front balcony). They are half price for UGA students with a valid ID.
The award-winning orchestra is celebrating its 100th anniversary with its debut American tour. Music director András Ligeti will conduct the orchestra in a program that includes Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen.
Founded in 1907, the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra achieved popularity through its radio broadcasts in the 1920s and 1930s. It reached new artistic heights in the 1950s and began international touring in the 1960s. Ligeti was appointed music director in 1997, becoming the ninth director since the orchestra’s inception.
A pre-concert lecture will be given by David Chapman, a graduate student in music at UGA. The lecture begins at 7:15 p.m. and is open to the public.
The Hungarian Symphony Orchestra concert will be recorded for national radio broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today.