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HUNGARIAN STATE FOLK ENSEMBLE, 3/10/07

February 7, 2007
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GEROGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES COLORFUL AND EXCITING TRADITIONAL DANCE AND MUSIC FROM HUNGARY –
THE HUNGARIAN STATE FOLK ENSEMBLE
FEATURING AUTHENTIC COSTUMES AND GYPSY MUSIC
Saturday, March 10, 2007, 8:00 p.m.

Fairfax, Virginia, February 7, 2007—With striking choreography based on authentic dances, that date back centuries, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble’s rich and colorful repertoire has preserved authentic Hungarian folk music, dances, and costumes for generations. In a highly anticipated performance, this 50+-year-old company of virtuosic performers brings their high-energy show to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. A pre-performance discussion is held 45-minutes prior to the performance on the hall’s Grand Tier.
“Unlike the usual folkloric troupes that merely reproduce the old dances, we put these dances on stage with modern theatrical techniques, special lighting effects and video projections,” explains Maria Ferencz, managing director of the Hungarian Heritage House and the Folk Ensemble in a recent interview with the Sacramento Bee.
A troupe of over 30 musicians and dancers move to rich folk music played by an orchestra that includes violins, violas, and traditional instruments like the Hungarian dulcimer and the hit gardon, an stringed instrument resembling a cello often found in Transylvania. Ethereal melodies played on the tarjato, a medieval wind instrument that resembles a flute but with a deeper sound, transcend culture and time. The violin, of course, represents the vibrant Gypsy element.






Hungarian Folk Ensemble’s preservation of the extraordinary folk music that inspired renowned composers like Liszt, Bartók, and Kodály is performed by two musical ensembles – the Folk Orchestra and the Gipsy Orchestra – accompanying the troupe’s dancers. Much of the music audiences will hear was collected and preserved by Bartók in the early 1900s. 2006 marked the 100th anniversary of the first publication of Bartók’s arrangements of some of these ancient tunes.

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Tickets for The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble are $44, $36, $22. Family Friendly! All children, twelve and under, half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa