GUESTS EACH RECEIVED “MODERN MUSE” FRAGRANCE, GRACIOUSLY DONATED BY THE ESTÈE LAUDER COMPANIES
Photography by Tony Powell
In honor of the legendary Maestro Ivan Fischer, who returned to Washington, D.C. with his beloved Budapest Festival Orchestra to perform at the Kennedy Center on February 15, Aniko Gaal Schott, Jane Cafritz, Manuel Martinez, Karon Cullen, and members of the Friends of the Budapest Orchestra, hosted a Valentine’s Day reception and musicale at the St. Regis Washington, D.C on February 14.
Guests including ambassadors from Hungary, Greece, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco and Spain; as well as the National Symphony Orchestra’s Paul Stern andAlbert Beveridge; and opera buff Lucky Roosevelt. All guests received Modern Muse fragrance generously donated by The Estee Lauder Companies.
Formerly a principal conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, Fischer then directed and conducted the Budapest Festival Orchestra in a special performance at the Kennedy Center on Monday, February 15. He and the orchestra will next travel to New York to perform at a gala concert at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, February 18.
According to David Allen of The New York Times, the Budapest Festival Orchestra “might be the best in the world.” (Jan 22, 2015)
Romanticism will dominate the first part of the concert with Weber’s overture to his supernatural opera Der Freischütz. Virtuoso pianist Marc-André Hamelin will play Liszt’s technically daunting Piano Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev’s brilliantly scored, melodic and emotionally compelling Symphony No. 5 —one of the greatest 20th-century symphonies, will conclude the program.
“It’s hard to think of an orchestra that can stir greater thrills than the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer,” wrote the New York Classical Review.
The Budapest Festival Orchestra is one of the international music scene’s major success stories, being rated among the top ten orchestras in the world. Its key figure and founder is the legendary Music Director/Conductor Iván Fischer.