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   from the issue of February 1, 2007

Hungarian State Folk troupe to perform Feb. 7

Exotic music, brilliantly colored costumes and authentic Eastern European folk dancing takes to the main stage of the Lied Center for Performing Arts when the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7.


For nearly 60 years, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble has worked to preserve and promote the traditional dress, music, and dance of their country and of ethnic Hungarians living in other parts of eastern Europe. The ensemble offers ancient and unique steps, including lively jumping dances, bottle dances, athletic Gipsy dances and whirling couples dances.

A pre-performance talk will be offered 30 minutes prior to curtain in the Lied's Steinhart Room. Seating is limited.

The choreographies of the ensemble are based on authentic dances, some gathered in isolated villages with dance elements dating back hundreds of years. The folk music that inspired classical composers such as Liszt, Bartók, and Kodály, is performed on stage by both the Folk Orchestra and the famous Gipsy Orchestra. The members of the Folk Orchestra play authentic, traditional instruments and perform Hungarian folk music. The Gipsy Orchestra plays both dance accompaniments and performs alone.

The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble is regarded as one of the greatest folkloric dance troupes in the world. The ensemble has performed in 44 countries across four continents. In the last few years, the ensemble has encountered special interest in North America.

Tickets are $36, $29 and $24. Students with a valid NCard and youth 18 and younger may purchase tickets for half price.

For more information go online to or call 472-4747.



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