IAPMT Europe Concert Tour • Summer 2024

Austria, Hungary & Romania • July 30th – August 10th, 2024

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Schedule

Romania

  • July 30th: Travel Day
  • July 31st: Day Trip to Turda Gorge, Rimetea (recipient of the Europe Nostra Prize) and Colțești
  • August 1st: Tour of Turda Salt Mine and Traveling to Târgu Mureș (known as the City of Roses)
  • August 2nd: City Tour of Cluj-Napoca (capital of Transylvania)
  • August 3rd: Traveling to Sighișoara & Brasov (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • August 4th: City Tour of Sibiu (known for it’s 12th century Germanic architecture)

Hungary

  • August 5th: Traveling to Budapest and a visit to Corvinilor Castle
  • August 6th: City Tour of Budapest (capital of Hungary)

Austria

  • August 7th: City Tour of Vienna (capital of Austria)
  • August 8th: City Tour of Eisenstadt (capital of Burgenland)
  • August 9th: Continuing City Tour of Vienna

Hotels

  • Grand Hotel Napoca, Cluj Napoca, Romania • July 30th – August 1st
  • Grand Hotel Targu Mures, Romania • August 1st – August 5th
  • Holiday Inn Budaors, Budapest, Hungary • August 5th – August 7th
  • Pannonia Hotel Parndorf, Austria • August 7th – August 10th

Performances

  • Palace Hall, Tg. Mures • Solo Recital • August 1st
  • Auditorium Maximum, Cluj Napoca • Concert with orchestra • August 2nd
  • Thalia Hall, State Philharmonic,Sibiu • Concert with orchestra • August 4th
  • Haydn Hall, Esterhazy Palace, Eisenstadt • Solo Recital • August 8th

Auditorium Maximum – Cluj-Napoca

The Auditorium Maximum in Cluj-Napoca, located within the Academic College of Babeș Bolyai University, is a symbol of the university known for hosting various cultural events and graduation ceremonies. It offers facilities for music, theater, opera, exhibitions, seminars, and debates for both the general public and specialists. With a capacity of 1000 seats, it’s a popular venue for concerts, including those by the Transylvania State Philharmonic.

The Great Concert Hall – Târgu Mureș

The Great Concert Hall in Târgu Mureș was built as part of the Palace of Culture to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Franz Joseph I’s coronation. Designed by architects Marcell Komor and Dezső Jakab, it initially had two floors but was expanded at the request of Mayor György Bernády. Decorated by the Gödöllő Artist’s Colony, it features a lobby inspired by English Pre-Raphaelite art and a giant mosaic on the façade. The hall’s stained glass windows were exhibited in Budapest before being installed. The organ, one of Central Europe’s largest, has survived renovations and hosts various cultural events. Over the years, the hall served as a movie theater, theater school, and more. Today, it houses the Bernády Gallery and a collection of Romanian modern art.

Thalia Hall – Sibiu Philharmonic

Thalia Hall, part of the Sibiu Philharmonic, was built in 1787 by Martin Hochmeister, who also founded the first bookstore in the country. Originally designed for theater, it quickly became a cultural hub, hosting Romania’s first theatrical performances. Over the years, it welcomed renowned figures like George Enescu and Mihai Eminescu. Notably, Eminescu served as a prompter during a performance in 1867, marking the first Romanian-language play. Thalia Hall has been a significant venue for cultural events, even offering free shows for the city’s poor in its early days.

Haydn Hall – Esterhazy Palace – Eisenstadt

Haydn Hall, located within the Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria, is a magnificent Baroque concert hall originally used as the palace’s great banqueting hall. Its unique acoustics and ambiance inspired the composer Joseph Haydn during his service to the Esterházy princes. Haydn composed numerous masterpieces here, including the legendary Emperor Quartet. Today, the Haydnsaal is renowned as one of the world’s finest concert halls, hosting over one hundred concerts annually and attracting musicians and guests from around the globe.