Debrecen will present the city’s musical life at the Hungarian House of Music

Debrecen will be the first guest of honor of the the Hungarian House of Music between May 17 and June 11, 2022.

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This three-week-long series of events of the Hungarian House of Music entitled “Városkapu” (City Gate) presents the musical life of Hungarian cities.

Three works will be written and performed especially for the occasion by renowned musicians. All three pieces are linked to Debrecen and will be presented to the public in Debrecen during April. The productions are supported by the Petőfi Cultural Agency and the Ministry of Human Resources.

Deputy Mayor of Debrecen István Puskás said that the House of Hungarian Music, which opened a few months ago, is a dedicated place of music. In the new building, Debrecen will have the opportunity to showcase its music for almost a month.

Managing Director of the Hungarian House of Music András Batta said that the Hungarian House of Music has already attracted more than 50,000 visitors — many from the countryside — since its opening in January 2022. They will invite two cities a year, one in the spring and one in the autumn. He said that the idea of the Debrecen festival is original because it is not condensed into a single weekend but really presents the past and future of Debrecen in a variety of venues and program types over a month.

The Debrecen Music Council, the Kodály Philharmonic Debrecen, the Faculty of Music of the University of Debrecen, Zenede, the Lighthouse group and Rocksuli have all been involved in the program. 

The three works written and performed especially for this occasion are:

  • The experimental jazz music entitled “EASTERN BANALITY” will be performed on the 21st of April at the Debrecen Water Tower.
  • The musical-literary choral performance “AJTÓK” was written by Róbert Hrutka and Krisztián Grecsó. Its Debrecen premiere will take place on the 24th of April at the Lovarda.
  • On the 28th of April, the performance “MIHÁLY – egy város kísértetei” will take place at the Debrecen Water Tower. It is a modern musical journey through the Csokonai universe.

The detailed program is available on the website of the Hungarian House of Music.

Thanks to the Municipality of Debrecen, the events can be seen with the purchase of a registration ticket at a nominal price, while some programs are even free of charge.