Events Calendar

Dance & Music

Hungarian State Folk Ensemble

Center for the Arts
North Campus
7:30 p.m.
$29.50, Students $13.50
645-2787 (
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The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, regarded as one of the greatest folkloric dance ensembles in the world, was established in 1951. Its aims were to collect and play authentic folk music and to preserve the folk dances and traditional costumes of Hungary and Hungarian-inhabited areas by putting them on stage before the public. The Ensemble has performed in 44 countries across four continents and won the admiration of an audience of more than 7.5 million people.

The choreography is based on authentic dances, some of them collected from isolated villages with dance elements dating back hundreds of years. The extraordinary folk music is performed by both the Folk Orchestra and the world-famous Gipsy Orchestra. The members of the Folk Orchestra play authentic, traditional instruments and perform Hungarian folk music at its highest artistic level. The famous Gipsy Orchestra plays both dance accompaniments and solo works. Their rich repertoire includes folk music which inspired Hungarian and international classical composers such as Liszt, Brahms, Kodály, and Bartók.

"It is marvelous - crackling with dancing that snaps like a whip in a program framed successfully by a sophisticated context." — The New York Times