Antal Szalai & His Hungarian Gypsy Orchestra
Wednesday 11th July @
THE BEST TRADITIONAL GYPSY BAND IN THE WORLD LED BY VIOLIN VIRTUOSO ANTAL SZALAI, RECIPIENT OF THE COVETED 'LISZT' AWARD, 2005
"Searing virtuosity, high drama and rampant entertainment value … immeasurably richer for the experience!" - Sydney Morning Herald
"The musical equivalent of a circus tightrope act" - The Australian
Antal Szalai is one of the most exciting musicians of his generation. He has played all the major venues throughout
Back by popular demand, the Hungarian Gypsy Orchestra will play at Caloundra Cultural Centre on Wednesday 11th July, . Antal and his supremely talented Gypsy orchestra will play Gypsy pieces such as Brahms' Hungarian Dances and Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody, as well as traditional Hungarian, Viennese, and other European classics.
Antal Szalai comes from a family of gypsy musicians. He studied the violin at the Bela Bartok Conservatory of Music in
Antal Szalai explains the origins of the gypsy band: "Gypsy songs began with primitive rhythms, created by the knocking of spoons on water cans and accompaniment. About 300 years ago, the tradition of the gypsy band started and the band then comprised a violin, a viola, a cello and a cimbalom". They will be playing the type of music created in the 19th century by amateur composers drawn to sweeten their native folk-music with Western harmonies in order to suit contemporary taste.
The Gypsy way of making music is best explained by Antal Szalai: "The gypsies are very temperamental people … and gypsy music comes from the heart. There is a lot of feeling and it is romantic. Also, they play with a different sort of rhythm that is more interesting".
If you love music, come and enjoy 'A night in
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