Danube Symphony Orchestra with Cimbalom Performance

The complete orchestra were very intertainng and very accomplished. This was one of the highlights of our vacation. A must when visiting Budapest.Allen P., USA – See more reviews
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Join us for an unforgettable musical travel á la hongroise through the most beautiful classical melodies ever.


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Outside Hungary it sounds unusual to include a typical Hungarian folk instrument, the cimbalom, to perform with a symphony orchestra, but in Hungary the beauty of this instrumental combination has been known since the 19th century.

The Danube Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1961 and since then they have given many performances both in Hungary and abroad. Their repertoire covers almost every musical style from the Baroque music to music of the 20th century. They perform the most famous classical melodies combined with typical Hungarian instrument, the Cimbalom (Hummer Dulcimer). It is a unique opportunity to hear most popular masterpieces of classical music interpreted by cimbalom and symphonic orchestra in a virtuous way which can be enjoyed only in Hungary.

Besides their permanent conductor András Deák, they are often conducted by other Hungarian and foreign conductors. They have given performances in Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Italy.

The program of the concert and the orchestra is expanded with a world-known typical Hungarian instrument Cimbalom (concert hammer dulcimer). This instrument is played primarily with beaters. It is equipped with a heavy frame for more dynamic power and added many strings courses for an extended range of sounds and a damper pedal to allow more dynamic control.

Through the instrument combination of a cimbalom and a symphonic orchestra you can enjoy the most famous classical melodies in impressive Hungarian style.

Every concert starts at 20:00, and consists of two parts, 40-45 minutes each, plus an intermission.

Enhance the experience and view the concert with dinner and cruise option!

Most popular works played during the program:

  • J. S. Bach - Air - with cimbalom

  • J. Brahms - Hungarian Dance No.5 - with cimbalom

  • T. Albinoni - Adagio - with cimbalom

  • P.I. Tchajkovsky - Flower Waltz - with cimbalom

  • G. Gershwin - Rhapsody In Blue

  • W. A. Mozart - A Little Night Music

  • L. v. Beethowen - Für Elise - cimbalom solo

  • B. Bartok Hungarian Pictures - with cimbalom

  • L. V. Beethowen - Moonlight Sonata - cimbalom solo

  • H. Berlioz - Rakoczy March

  • J. S. Bach - D-Major sonata - cimbalom solo

  • A. Vivaldi - Four Seasons- winter - with cimbalom

  • J. Haydn - Rondo all'Ongroise

  • F. Liszt - 2. Hungarian Rhapsody - with cimbalom

  • V. Monti - Csardas - with cimbalom

  • F. Erkel - Palotas

  • J. Haydn - Farewell Symphony

  • J. Strauss - Blue Danube Waltz

  • J. Strauss - Gipsy Baron - with cimbalom

  • Z. Kodály - Háry János - Intermezzo - with cimbalom

  • F. Chopin - As-Minor waltz - with cimbalom


  • Works from the most popular composers

  • Hungarian Cimbalom instrument used during the show

  • Professional Symphony Orchestra


  • Entry tickets to show


  • Meals and drinks, depending on option selected

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Transfer to meeting point and from conclusion point

Please Note

  • No numbered seats, please show up 30 minutes prior to program time.

  • The Theatre Management reserves the right to refuse admission and request latecomers to wait admission to the auditorium until a convenient break in the performance. The Theatre Management cannot guarantee that latecomers can occupy the self-same seats assigned to them by their tickets.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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