Antal Szalai & His Hungarian Gypsy Orchestra

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Antal Szalai & His Hungarian Gypsy Orchestra

Wednesday 11th July @ 7:30pm




"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 Europe and on a recent Australian tour, mesmerised and delighted the audience at a sold-out performance at the Sydney Opera House.


Back by popular demand, the Hungarian Gypsy Orchestra will play at Caloundra Cultural Centre on Wednesday 11th July, 7:30pm . 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 Hungary , and then in 1967 joined the Honved Ensemble, a musical organisation which comprises a symphonic orchestra, a folk dance troupe, a choir and a gypsy orchestra. The ensemble was supported by the Hungarian Government and the Hungarian National Army. He became leader of the Hungarian Gypsy Orchestra in 1969.


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 Budapest and Vienna ', and be enraptured by the sizzling strings from the man considered the best Gypsy violinist in the world.



Antal Szalai & His Gypsy Orchestra are performing at The Events Centre (Formerly Caloundra Cultural Centre) on Wednesday 11th July @ 7:30pm .  Ticket prices: Adult - $39.00, Pension/Concession - $29.00, Friends of the Theatre - $34.00, Groups (10+) - $29.00, Music Students/Workshop - $29.00, Children - $29.00. For bookings phone: (07) 5491 4240. Box Office Hours: Monday- Frida y 8:30am-6:00pm , Saturday 9:30am-1:30pm . Box Office opens 1 hour prior to performance.   For more information, or to book through 'e-tix' online, visit .

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