The Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra delivers a live concert from the back of a moving lorry.


The Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra delivers a live concert from the back of a moving lorry.

An orchestra in Hungary has conducted a live concert from a moving lorry in order to reclaim its audience.

Five musicians of the acclaimed Budapest Festival Orchestra, headed by famous composer Ivan Fischer, took to the streets of the Hungarian city to perform classical music for motorists and passers-by.

The musical procession was intended to encourage Hungarians to resume attending live performances in concert halls as the pandemic faded, after more than a year of being confined to their homes and forced to consume their culture via the internet.

Mr Fischer stated, “I believe that live concerts are really vital.” “I believe that people will discard their laptops and phones, especially now that everyone is fed up with them. They’ll resume socializing, getting to know one another, hugging, and conversing.”

The concert on the truck was also a celebration of the orchestra’s reunion with music fans as the government’s virus-fighting lockdown measures were eased.

In the spring, the epidemic hit Hungary particularly hard, making it the country with the most viral deaths per capita in the world for a while. However, as a result of one of the European Union’s most aggressive vaccination initiatives, the number of new infections has dropped dramatically.

As the lorry drove them over the Chain Bridge across the Danube River and past St Stephen’s Basilica and other gorgeous city sights, the five musicians played Schubert, Mozart, and Dvorak.

People on the street came to a halt to take in the impromptu concert, applauding at the conclusion of each tune. Children clapped in time to the music, while parents took out their phones to record the show.

The musicians’ performance on the truck, according to violinist Noemi Molnar, was a fresh and unexpected experience for them.

“It was unexpected that as soon as we sat down and settled in, the vehicle began to move underneath us. We’ve never had anything like this before. It is new for all the musicians,” she said.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra has become one of Europe’s leading ensembles under Mr Fischer, who co-founded it in 1983 with the late pianist and composer Zoltan Kocsis.

After a year has passed. (This is a brief piece.)


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