Hungarian State Folk Ensemble
Friday, October 25, 2013, 8:00 PM
Tickets starting at $36
Regarded as one of the greatest folkloric dance ensembles in the world, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble was established in 1951 with the aim to collect and play authentic folk music and to preserve the folk dances and traditional costumes of Hungary and Hungarian-inhabited areas. 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.
The choreographies are all based on authentic dances, some of them collected in isolated villages with dance elements dating back hundreds of years. Dancers will be joined on stage by the Folk Orchestra and the world-famous Gipsy Orchestra, playing the extraordinary folk music that inspired Liszt, Bartók and Kodály.
Free pre-show discussion sponsored by the UIS ECCE Speaker Series
The pre-show discussion will be led by Dr. Yona Stamatis, Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Illinois Springfield. She received her doctorate in Ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan in 2011 with a focus on rebetika music of Greece. As part of her research she spent three years in Athens performing bouzouki and violin with Rebetiki Istoria and writing about the effects of the economic crisis on musical practice. At UIS, Dr. Stamatis teaches courses in “Music and Social Justice,” and “American Musics” and directs the UIS Chamber Orchestra. She also plays violin with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.
7:15-7:45 PM in Conference Room G
Led by Yona Stamatis, UIS Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology