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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS HUNGARIAN STATE FOLK ENSEMBLE “HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY” on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 at 4 p.m.

August 22, 2013
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FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 22, 2013 – Considered one of the world’s greatest folkloric dance ensembles, these gifted Eastern European dancers and musicians bring their rich and colorful artistic traditions to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at

8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 at 4 p.m. Praised by The Washington Post as a “forceful, tasteful, unglorified presentation of ethnic expression,” the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble presents “Hungarian Rhapsody,” a spirited journey through time that traces the history of this thousand-year-old culture through its dance and music traditions. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. HSBC Bank is the 2013-2014 Global View Series Underwriter at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.

“Hungarian Rhapsody” captures centuries of Hungarian peasant traditions and provides a unique look into this diverse but unified culture that stretches far into the past, yet is ongoing. This authentic and beautiful program features the famed Hungarian Csárdás, a girls’ ring dance from upper Hungary, a swineherds’ dance and march, a Jewish harp dance, a performance of Transylvanian folk songs and much more. Audiences around the world have been thrilled by the stunning acrobatics of the men’s dances, the graceful lyricism of the women’s dances and the astounding virtuosity of the dances for couples.

            Since its founding in 1951, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble has revitalized and preserved the culture of the Hungarian people. Its impressive repertoire is based on traditional dances, some collected from tiny, isolated villages throughout its homeland with dance elements dating back many centuries. The ensemble’s choreography is enhanced by vibrant costumes and extraordinary folk music – which inspired the likes of Liszt, Brahms, Bartók and Kodaly – performed live by the talented Folk Orchestra, whose members play traditional Hungarian instruments, as well as the Gipsy Orchestra, which plays both dance accompaniments and performs alone. The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble has performed in 44 countries across four continents to more than seven and a half million people. The ensemble also gives approximately 90-100 annual performances each year in its Corvin tér theatre, in the Budai Vigadó in Budapest, Hungary.

 

Please note: The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble will also perform “Hungarian Rhapsody” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at 8 p.m. Please visit HyltonCenter.org for more information.

 

Program subject to change.

 

 

HSBC Bank is the 2013-2014 Global View Series Underwriter

at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

 

 

Tickets for HUNGARIAN STATE FOLK ENSEMBLE are $46, $38 and $23. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with young children. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.

 

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

 

About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.

 

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