McDaniel Budapest students recently attended "Music and Ambience", a chamber orchestra concert held in the Dome Hall of the Parliament. The concert began at 7PM, and was preceded by a tour of the Hungarian Parliament building, the third largest of its kind in the world. The 11 students were treated to an up-close view of the gilded main staircase, Dome Hall, old Upper House Hall, and the 1000-year old Hungarian crown, mace and scepter. The tour even included a look at a to-scale model of the building constructed entirely out of 100,000 matchsticks.
The concert, given by the Hungarian Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, included selections from Vivaldi, Mozart, and Handel, and was held under the breathtakingly beautiful dome of the building. Junior Danielle Lombardi, a student from main campus who is studying in Budapest this semester, found the evening to be a very enjoyable experience: "The music was absolutely beautiful and was made all the more impressive by the fact that we were sitting right next to the crown of Hungary!" she said.
The cost of this excursion, like many held each semester to give students a taste of the cultural opportunities available in Budapest, was subsidized by the Student Activity Fee. Events are held often; notices and sign-up lists are frequently visible on the McDaniel bulletin board on the second floor. And, as the students who attended the concert on Friday night know, they' re more than worth the cost of tickets.