The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, will present the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre.
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. The ensemble has performed in 44 countries across four continents and has won the admiration of an audience of more than 7.5 million people.
The choreography is based on authentic dances, some of which were collected form isolated villages with dance elements dating back hundreds of years. The folk music is performed 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 solo works. Their repertoire includes folk music that inspired Hungarian and international classical composers such as Liszt, Brahms, Kodály, and Bartók.