Hungarian artists’ experimentation with the forms of musical theatre was fully expressed on Saturday afternoon in the streets of Košice. A crowd of people went for the music. Well known songs performed by the HOPPart theatre company echoed in the City Park, under the old bastion and on Zvonárska street. Without any musical instruments they managed to emulate current hits by Lady Gaga and Britney Spears. They also included Hungarian singles. The icing on the cake was the last song by the Košice band Puding pani Elvisovej – Gramatika (Grammar) which our southern neighbours perfectly imitated.
One of the highlights of the year’s musical production during Košice ECOC 2013 will undoubtedly be considered to be the concert by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. The very fact that such an ensemble performed in Košice is an event whose importance hardly anyone realizes, though it is almost certain that getting orchestras of a similar calibre to Košice in the coming years will not be so easy. The Tokyo group arrived after performances at the Prague Spring Festival and Ostrava’s Janáček May in full force, which they decided to showcase at the House of Arts in Košice under the leadership of their residential conductor Kazuhito Koizumi.