Hungarian State Folk Ensemble to perform March 14

imageIn its first major international tour in more than a decade, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble will bring its lively and colorful music and dance to SUNY Oswego on Wednesday, March 14.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

The New York Times described the ensemble as an “unreservedly brilliant company” with a performance that was “marvelous . . . crackling with dancing that snaps like a whip” and “a program to feed the eye and the mind.”

Regarded as one of the top acts of its type in the world, the ensemble formed in 1951 with the goal of collecting and playing authentic folk music while preserving the folk dances and traditional costumes of Hungary and Hungarian-inhabited areas by showcasing them on stage.

The Washington Post has praised the ensemble’s “forceful, tasteful, unglorified presentation of ethnic expression.”

Two musical groups and some 30 dancers perform varied numbers. The 14-person gypsy orchestra presents folk tunes and dance music to accompany dozens of dancers in vibrant outfits paying homage to Hungarian heritage. The five-member folk orchestra plays Hungarian folk music of the highest artistic level on authentic traditional instruments.

The ensemble has performed in 44 countries across four continents. From North America to Western Europe to the Far East, the Hungarian ensemble has brought its music, dance and culture to audiences estimated at 7.5 million people.

The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble’s appearance at SUNY Oswego is sponsored by TIAA-CREF and the college’s Artswego Performing Arts Series and Office of International Education and Programs.

Tickets cost $22 ($15 for senior citizens and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students). In addition, TIAA-CREF will sponsor tickets for SUNY Oswego faculty and staff at a $15 discount rate.

For information or reservations, contact Tyler box office at 312-2141 or

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(Posted: Feb 21, 2007)