Hungarian State Folk Ensemble Set for Harris Center, Now thru 9/22
The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, consisting of 30 dancers, 14 members of the Gipsy Orchestra and 5 members of the Hungarian Folk Orchestra have brought their one of a kind show to audiences across the world and now bring their rich and colorful repertoire to Harris Center/Three Stages.
Long regarded as one of the greatest folkloric dance ensembles in the world, it 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.
During the more than four and a half decades of its existence, the Ensemble has achieved its aim by revitalizing the culture of the Hungarian people.
The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble will perform tonight, September 20, 2013; 7:30 pm, Saturday, September 21, 2013; 8 pm and Sunday, September 22, 2013; 2 pm. Tickets are $25-$39; Premium $49; Children 12 and under $20. Tickets are available online at www.harriscenter.net or from Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, CA, facing East Bidwell Street.
The Ensemble has performed in 44 countries across four continents and won the admiration of an audience of more than seven and a half million people. In the last few years the Ensemble has encountered special interest in North-America - which was illustrated by their fourth invitation to undertake a three-month coast to coast American tour in 1994. They have also toured the Far East and Western Europe. The choreographies are all based on authentic dances, some of them collected in isolated villages with dance elements dating back hundreds of years. "It is marvelous- crackling with dancing that snaps like a whip in a program framed successfully by a sophisticated context." (Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times).
The extraordinary folk music that inspired Liszt, Bartók and Kodály is put on stage 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 performs alone. Their rich repertoire includes folk music which inspired Hungarian and international classical composers such as Liszt, Brahms, Kodály and Bartók. Aside from its performances around the country and abroad, the Ensemble gives approximately
90-100 performances annually in its Corvin tér Theatre in the Budai Vigadó.