St Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest is not only famous for its stunning architecture, but also for its short but nice Monday Organ Concerts, and longer, more impressive Thursday Concerts, and Friday Organ Concerts in Budapest. The organ concerts also feature singers and instrumental musicians (e.g. trumpet). There are various organists and artists on the three days of concerts in the Basilica, please see the performers and programmes below.
The concert’s repertoire includes works of Albinoni, Bach, Caccini, Mozart, Schubert, Bizet, Gounod, Rachmaninoff, Cesar Franck and Ferenc Liszt (Franz Liszt, the Hungarian composer and pianist genius).
When are the Basilica Monday Concerts in 2013?
5 pm – 5:45 pm
(except in October, when 7 pm – 7:45 pm)
The dates of the 5 pm Monday Organ Concerts at St Stephen Basilica in 2013 are as follows:
February: 4, 11, 18, 25
March: 4, 11, 18
April: 8, 15, 22, 29
May: 6, 13, 20, 27
June: 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 26
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21, 28 (concerts not at the usual time, but later at 7 pm in October)
November 11, 18, 25
December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Most of the organ concerts start late afternoon at 5 pm, with the notable exception of October organ concerts, when they start at 7pm on Mondays.
Each Monday organ concert at the Basilica is 45 minute
Programme of Monday Organ Concerts in Budapest Basilica
The St Istvan (St Stephen’s) Basilica organ concerts focus on some popular and evergreen organ pieces and classical music:
Programme of Monday Organ Concerts
J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
J. S. Bach: Air
Liszt Ferenc: Hosannah
W. A. Mozart: Ave verum
T. Albinoni: Adagio
S. Rachmaninoff: Vocalise
M. A. Charpentier: Te Deum
F. Schubert: Ave Maria
L. Vierne: Final
Tickets for the Organ Concerts with 10% Discount
Tickets to the Organ Concerts can be bought at the Basilica on the spot and usually there is no need to make a booking in advance as the Basilica is really huge and can take up hundreds of visitors.
Prices of tickets:
- Full price Adult Tickets: HUF 3,000
- Discount Tickets for Students and EU pensioners: HUF 2,500
Monday Organ Concert Line Up
Andras Viragh, Franz Liszt award winning Hungarian concert organist (and professor of organ)
Krisztina Koloss – cello
St Stephen Basilica Seating Plan
On Monday concerts you can sit anywhere in the Basilica, there are no ticket categories, nor numbered seats (as opposed to the longer Thursday and Friday concerts), instead unnumbered pews. Arrive a bit before the concert to get a good seat in the first two rows.
Further ideas for Things to do on Mondays in Budapest
Budapest Basilica Seating Chart
Although there is no seating chart for the Monday concerts, you can take a view of the pew arrangement in the Basilica: