Contributed by Hylton Performing Arts Center
MANASSAS, Va., Sept. 17, 2013 – Praised by The Washington Post as a “forceful, tasteful, unglorified presentation of ethnic expression,” the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble presents “Hungarian Rhapsody,” a spirited journey through time that traces the history of this thousand-year-old culture through its rich dance and music traditions. This mesmerizing performance, presented by this company of gifted Eastern European dancers and musicians, comes to the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the 2013-2014 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor.
“Hungarian Rhapsody” captures centuries of Hungarian peasant traditions and provides a unique look into this diverse but unified culture that stretches far into the past, yet is ongoing. This authentic and beautiful program features the famed Hungarian Csárdás, a girls’ ring dance from upper Hungary, a swineherds’ dance and march, a Jewish harp dance, a performance of Transylvanian folk songs and much more. Audiences around the world have been thrilled by the stunning acrobatics of the men’s dances, the graceful lyricism of the women’s dances and the astounding virtuosity of the dances for couples.
Since its founding in 1951, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble has revitalized and preserved the culture of the Hungarian people. Its impressive repertoire is based on traditional dances, some collected from tiny, isolated villages throughout its homeland with dance elements dating back many centuries. The ensemble’s choreography is enhanced by vibrant costumes and extraordinary folk music – which inspired the likes of Liszt, Brahms, Bartók and Kodály – performed live by the talented Folk Orchestra, whose members play traditional Hungarian instruments, as well as the Gipsy Orchestra, which plays both dance accompaniments and performs alone. The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble has performed in 44 countries across four continents to more than seven and a half million people. The ensemble also gives approximately 90-100 annual performances each year in its Corvin tér theatre, in the Budai Vigadó in Budapest, Hungary.
Please note: The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble will also perform “Hungarian Rhapsody” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 at 4 p.m. Please visit cfa.gmu.edu for more information.
Novant Health is the 2013-2014 Season Sponsor of the Hylton Presents season
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Tickets for HUNGARIAN STATE FOLK ENSEMBLE are $46, $38 and $30. Family Friendly: recommended for younger audiences. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit HyltonCenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. FREE parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit HyltonCenter.org. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HyltonCenter and follow us on Twitter at @Hylton_PAC.
About the Hylton Performing Arts Center
Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.
About George Mason University
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.
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