Iva Bittov, Michel Camilo and Myriam Fuks Join Gypsy Violinist Roby Lakatos for Carnegie Hall Debut
CARNEGIE HALL CELEBRATES THE MUSIC OF HUNGARY
FROM JANUARY 24 - FEBRUARY 14
Celebrating Hungary Performances Include Appearances by Ivn Fischer and Budapest Festival Orchestra, Roby Lakatos, Beta Palya, and Peter Etvs, Among Others
From January 24 through February 14, Carnegie Hall presents Celebrating Hungary, a collection of concerts that place the spotlight on the folk, symphonic, chamber, and new music of Hungary with performances by leading artists. The celebration includes an eight-day residency by renowned composer, pedagogue, and pianist Gyrgy Kurtg in his first-ever New York appearance; performances of traditional folk music by Gypsy violinist Roby Lakatos and vocalist Beta Palya; folk-inspired symphonic works and traditional Gypsy folk music performed by the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Music Director Ivn Fischer with father/son violinists Jzsef Lendvay Sr. and Jzsef Lendvay Jr. as well as cimbalom player Oszkr krs; a Making Music program focusing on the work of composer Peter Etvs; and a performance of the great Austro-Hungarian composer Joseph Haydns hugely influential choral masterwork, The Creation, the culminating event of the Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop led by Helmuth Rilling. These concerts and programs are a part of Extremely Hungary, a citywide festival of Hungarian arts and culture presented at cultural institutions throughout 2009. Celebrating Hungary is sponsored by Erste Group, the leading financial services group in Central and Eastern Europe.
On Tuesday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Gypsy violinist Roby Lakatos is joined by Czech violinist/vocalist Iva Bittov, pianist Michel Camilo and Yiddish singer Myriam Fuks. Mr. Lakatos' music mixes a classical sound with traditional Hungarian Gypsy songs.
Celebrating Hungary at Carnegie Hall is part of Extremely Hungary, a yearlong festival showcasing contemporary Hungarian visual, performing, and literary arts in New York and Washington, D.C., throughout 2009. The festival reveals the roots of Hungarys thriving contemporary culture and its impact on American society through a broad spectrum of events at leading cultural institutions in the two cities. Extremely Hungary is organized by the Hungarian Cultural Center in New York, which sponsors a range of programs celebrating Hungarys past, present, and future. The festival is made possible in part by funding from the Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture. For more information about Extremely Hungary, please visit the festivals website at www.extremelyhungary.org.
Gypsy violinist Roby Lakatos is a virtuoso musician of extraordinary stylistic versatility. He is referred to as a Gypsy violinist or devils fiddler, a classical virtuoso, a jazz improviser, a composer and arranger, and a player looking back to 19century traditions. Born in 1965 into the legendary family of Gypsy violinists descended from Janos Bihari, King of Gypsy Violinists, Roby Lakatos was introduced to music as a child and he made his public debut at age nine as first violin in a Gypsy band. His musicianship evolved at the Bla Bartk Conservatory of Budapest, where he won the first prize for classical violin in 1984. He has collaborated with Vadim Repin and Stphane Grappelli. In March 2004, Lakatos appeared to great acclaim with the London Symphony Orchestra in the orchestras Genius of the Violin festival alongside Maxim Vengerov.
The Hungarian Cultural Center
The Extremely Hungary festival is a project of the Hungarian Cultural Center (HCC). Dedicated to enhancing knowledge and appreciation of Hungarian culture, the HCC organizes and supports a wide spectrum of events that celebrate Hungarys past, present and future. Since its founding in 2001, it has linked Hungarian artists and intellectuals with American audiences through exhibitions, lectures, concerts, performances and screenings. The HCC has also partnered with major venues, including the New York Public Library and Lincoln Center, to bring its programming to larger audiences.