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A Holiday Evening in Budapest: ICDC Holiday Soiree at the Hungarian Embassy - Hungarian Music Concert, Dinner Reception, followed by after-party

Friday, December 17, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Enchanting violin and piano concert featuring beloved Hungarian compositions
Concert followed by dinner reception of authentic Hungarian delecacies

Event Details

The International Club of DC with the cooperation of the Embassy of Hungary cordially request the pleasure of your company for our holiday soiree at the Embassy of Hungary.

Tickets include:

:: Traditional dinner feast of traditional Hungarian delicacies
:: Enchanting violin and piano concert
:: Open bar
:: LIsten to beloved works of Hungarian composers
:: Enjoy traditional Hungarian food prepared by the embassy chef
:: Discover and learn about Hungary
:: Free admission to our after party and holiday celebration with dancing

Join us for a very special evening at the Embassy of Hungary featuring Hungarian music, culture and food. The evening includes a wonderful violin and piano concert featuring the beloved works of Hungarian composer performed by Kinga Augustyn. 

After the dinner reception of traditional Hungarian delicacies prepared especially for you by the embassy chef, you will be invited to join us at our after-party (venue TBD) as we recreate the atmosphere of a chic nightclub in Budapest.

Please reserve your tickets soon as all our prior events at the Embassy of Hungary have sold out well in advance. Tickets for the embassy reception also include admission to the after party (Venue TBD).

Please note...
Kindly note that the classical concert is presented as a seated performance. Following the classical concert we will be removing the chairs in the embassy's ballroom to make room foe the Hungarian food reception. Please note that the reception of Hungarian food is presented not as a seated event but rather a cocktail-style reception with limited seating. The reception is presented to allow you the opportunity to meet and socialize with other attendees as well as the embassy staff. If you have any special considerations, please bring it to our attention so that we may assist you. We thank you for your understanding!

Bela Bartok Sonatina
1. Bagpipers
2. Bear Dance
3. Finale

Franz von Vecsey "Valse Triste"

Jeno Hubay "Violin solo" from the opera "violin maker of Cremona"
Johannes Brahms
Hungarian Dance No. 1
Hungarian Dance No. 5

Vittorio Monti Csardas

Pablo de Sarasate "Zigeunerweisen" (Gypsy Aires)

Fritz Kreisler " Caprice Viennois"


Áfonyával töltött jércegalantine bulgúr salátával
Pullet galantine stuffed with blueberries, served with bulgur salad

Magyar szalámi különlegességek, savanyított zöldségekkel
Hungarian salami specialities with pickled vegetables

Vegyesleveles saláták dresszingekkel
Salad assortment with a variety of dressings

Gundel salad

Tormás füstölt halpástétom melba toaston
Smoked fish pâté with horse radish on melba toast

Narancsos gyömbéres confittált kacsa
Duck confit with orange and ginger

Gesztenyével töltött pulyka fokhagymamártással
Turkey stuffed with chestnuts, served with garlic sauce

Brie sajttal sült gratin zöldségek
Baked vegetables au gratin with brie cheese

Székely káposzta
Sour cabbage stew with pork

Karácsonyi desszertválaszték
Christmas dessert assortment

Meggyes piskóta szegfuszeges vaníliamártással
Sour cherry sponge cake served with vanilla sauce and cloves

Barackos-almás rétes
Apple-peach strudel

Kétszínu csokoládé pohárkrém narancsöntettel
Double-faced chocolate cream in glass with orange dressing

Madártej karamell öntettel
Floating islands with caramel dressing

Mini képviselofánk
Miniature Congressman Cake

Requested Attire
Business or cocktail attire requested.

Rain Date Policy
Please note that the reception will be held regardless of the weather. The reception will be presented rain, shine, or snow. Kindly note that by purchasing a ticket, you accept the responsibility to arrive at the Embassy of Hungary of Hungary for the event. Due to expenses incurred, we are unable to offer refunds in the event you are unable to attend the gala for any reason. Purchase of tickets for the embassy reception constitutes your acceptance of our rain date policy and no-refund policy, as all ticket sales are final.

Tickets and Registration
HyperLink Tickets for the ICDC holiday soiree at the Embassy of Hungary are only $69 for a limited time and $85 afterwards. Ticket include free admission to after-party TBA. Please reserve your tickets soon, as all our prior events at the Embassy of Hungary have sold out well in advance.

Cancellation Policy
Please note that all online ticket sales are final.
We are unable to offer cancelations or refunds on online ticket sales.


Embassy of Hungary
2950 Spring of Freedom Street NW
Washington DC 20008

Please note that the official address of the embassy is listed above. The embassy is located in close proximity to Tilden Street NW near Rock Creek Park. If you have difficulties with the above address, please use the address below. In any case, the entrance to the embassy is off of Spring of Freedom Street NW/Linnean Ave NW.

3910 Shoemaker Street NW
Washington, DC 20008

Additional Event Information & Notes

:::: About Hungary ::::

A landlocked country, Hungary is home to Lake Balaton, the largest in central Europe, and to a large number of spa towns and hot springs. It has rich traditions in folk and classical music and was the birthplace of numerous well loved performers and composers, including Franz Liszt, Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly. It also has a long history of wine making.

:::: About Kinga Augustyn ::::

Described as “a violinist for whom nothing seems too difficult” Polish-born Kinga Augustyn made her New York recital debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie hall in March of 2008. Having distinguished herself as both a virtuoso and scholar of the instrument during the early part of her career, she earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees at The Juilliard School, where she studied with Cho Liang Lin, Naoko Tanaka, and Dorothy DeLay. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she has worked with Philippe Graffin, Philip Setzer, and Pamela Frank. Ms. Augustyn’s many orchestral appearances include performances with the Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum, Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, and the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival. In addition to a list of distinguished performances throughout Europe, she has appeared as a soloist and a chamber musician in the United States at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kosciuszko Foundation, and the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C. A first prize winner of the 2009 Alexander & Buono International String Competition, she is their most recent Artist of the Month, and is also a first prize winner in the 2010 Ackerman Chamber Music Competition.

:::: About Anna Shelest ::::

The distinguished career of Anna Shelest includes a performance at the UNESCO
Headquarters in Paris when she was only eleven years old, and her orchestral debut with the Kharkiv Symphony Orchestra the following year in a performance of Rachmaninoff's First Piano Concerto. Hailed as the “female reincarnation of Liszt” and “a piano lioness,” she has performed throughout the world as both a soloist and chamber musician, including appearances with the Cincinnati, Montreal, and Netherlands Symphony Orchestras, as well as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. This year marked her debuts at Alice Tully Hall and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, both of which were met with wide critical acclaim. A native of Ukraine, Ms. Shelest began her piano studies at the Kharkiv Special Music School for Gifted Children and continued her work in the United States, recently receiving her masters degree from The Juilliard School. Her discography includes recordings of works by Rachmaninoff, and a CD with Cristian Ganicenco, principal trombonist of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Shelest’s new CD featuring Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition as well as works by Tchaikovsky and Glinka will be released in December of 2010.

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