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Missa Brevis

An uplifting celebration of freedom:
Kodaly’s short Mass performed by organ virtuoso István Bán

Thursday, March 15, 2018 | 6 PM
Saint Peter's Church
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Fill your heart with joy listening to classical music on a gloomy Thursday night. The Hungarian Cultural Center proudly presents Zoltán Kodály’s Missa Brevis by an exceptional up and coming talent, István Bán at Saint Peter’s Church, Midtown Manhattan, on March 15, 6 PM.

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Missa Brevis was written by Kodály during the bombing of Budapest under World War II, in the cellar of the Hungarian Opera House, where he was hiding. As the first premiere after the war was over, it was meant to provide war-torn people with hope, harmony and the sense of beauty.

On March 15, we celebrate the 170th anniversary of the 1848 Hungarian revolution and freedom fight. When it comes to freedom and heroism, Americans and Hungarians speak the same language, especially if it is interpreted through music. This presentation of Kodály’s Missa Brevis, as an ode to freedom, commemorates the heroes of the revolution.
Experience the uplifting spirit of Missa Brevis! Join us for the hour-long celebration of rebirth,
on March 15, 2018, at 6 PM at Saint Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan, New York),
at the organ recital of the mass and the following reception.

Istvan Ban

About the Artist

István Bán
is a well-known and popular organ artist Europe-wide, performing at such important venues like the Stephansdom in Vienna, the Helsinki Cathedral or the Cathedral of Aix-en-Provance in France. He is a regular organizer of Early music, organ, organ-chamber and Bach festivals. With the approval of his work by world-renowned conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt in 2010, he has founded his Baroque ensemble in Vienna, Musica Vivax Wien. As a conductor, he premiered in 2014 heading his ensemble in the Brahms-Saal of the Musikverein. Since 2007, he is the principal organist of the Lutheran Church of Budavár in Budapest, where Hungary’s biggest Baroque organ was built on his concept, based on the notes of Bach. For his expert work in organ construction and many years of outstanding artistic achievements, he was awarded the Service for Buda Castle Medallion (Budavárért Emlékérem) in 2017. He is a regular participant of TV and radio recordings.


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