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Simon Mulligan at The Sembrich. Photo credit: YM Photography

A NIGHT IN BUDAPEST Brings The Sembrich Season To a Close

A NIGHT IN BUDAPEST Brings The Sembrich Season To a Close

—Violin and Cimbalom Duo featured in this exotic evening along the Danube”—


BOLTON LANDING, NY —  The Sembrich brings down the curtain on its weekend series on Saturday, August 25th, at 6:30 pm with A NIGHT IN BUDAPEST, an exotic evening along the Danubefeaturing select delicacies and wines and performances by violinist Daniel Szasz and cimbalom virtuoso Sándor Kuti. Tickets for this annual gala, with proceeds to benefit the summer performance series, are $150.  Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling (518) 644-2431.

The program for the evening pairs the soulful strains of the violin with the distinctly Hungarian timbre of the cimbalom (an instrument similar in sound to the hammer dulcimer). Select works on the program include Brahms’ “Hungarian Dances,” Vecsey’s “Valse Triste,Lehar’s “Hungarian Fantasy,” Bartók’s “An Evening in the Village” and Liszt’s “Csardas,among many others.

The duo of Szasz and Kuti will be augmented in several numbers by the Üsztürü Ensemble, a troupe of six instrumentalists and two dancers from Hungary, who serve as this seasons Flonzaley Resident Ensemble at The Sembrich—and who will also provide entertainment during the lakeside reception.

A versatile musician interested in performing both standard and less familiar repertoire, Daniel Szasz serves as concertmaster for both the Alabama Symphony and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. Szasz has been consistently praised for his expressive, rich and warm soundas well as for his strong, confident and assertive playing.”  His performances have been described as breathtakingand exquisiteand have generated great enthusiasm among his audiences and in the press.

ndor Kuti is one of Hungarys most renowned cimbalom artists.  Growing up in a family of gypsy musicians, Mr. Kuti started playing the cimbalom at the age of 6. At the age of 14 he became a member of the world renowned Rajko Orchestra and over the years he has performed with many famous gypsy musicians, including members of the Lakatos family, Sándor Jároka and many others.  Equally accomplished on the classical stage, Mr. Kuti has been featured with numerous orchestras worldwide, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

My absolute favorite city in the world is Budapest, a place thats particularly magical at night with the lights along the Danube,says Sembrich Artistic Director Richard Wargo.  We look forward to trying to evoke that same magical atmosphere here along the shore of Lake George.