CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 11, 2013 — The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble will perform “Gypsy Romance” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
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. 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. Their rich and colorful repertoire entitles the ensemble to be regarded as one of the top touring groups in the world.
Bob Cerchio, assistant director of Southeast’s Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts who booked the act, describes the Hungarian State as “…one of the world’s finest international ensembles. You can’t do any better for sheer artistry, excitement and enthusiasm.”
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 ensemble has encountered special interest in North America as well as 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. The extraordinary folk music that inspired Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály and Franz Liszt 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 both plays dance accompaniments and performs alone. Their rich repertoire includes folk music that inspired Hungarian and international classical composers such as Johannes Brahms, Bartók, Kodály and Liszt.
Aside from its performances around the country and abroad, the ensemble gives approximately 90 to100 annual performances in its Corvin tér theatre in the Budai Vigadó.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or by visiting www.RiverCampusEvents.com.