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Üsztürü Ensemble Brings This Season’s WORLD MUSIC WEDNESDAYS to a Close

Üsztürü Ensemble Brings This Season’s WORLD MUSIC WEDNESDAYS to a Close

—Authentic Village Music from Hungary and Transylvania—

 

BOLTON LANDING, NY — The Sembrich’s World Music Wednesday series concludes on August 22nd at 1:30 pm in festive fashion with the haunting strains of authentic village music performed by the Hungarian folk band Üsztürü. Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by calling (518) 644-2431.

In a program entitled “Hungary in the House: An Authentic Village Music Concert” the ensemble, comprised of six instrumentalists and two dancers, will perform authentic folk music from Hungary and Transylvania.

“Hungarian music is extremely rich, diverse and colorful, as every region in the country has its own musical characteristics, influences, and techniques,” says József Szász, violinist and leader of the group.

The traditional instrumentation used by the Üsztürü band for the concert includes the fiddle, kontra, cimbalom and bass performed by band members Levente Major, István Moldován, József Szász, Mátyás Vajda and Lőrinc Szász.  Featured cimbalom player Laci Rácz, who replaces the previously scheduled Sándor Kuti, is an eighth generation descendant of the legendary Rácz family of musicians. In select numbers, the ensemble is joined by two dancers, Julia Redo and Csaba Zsolt Tokes.

This performance in Bolton Landing is a part of a North American tour by Üsztürü that includes appearances in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Chicago, Birmingham and Washington, D.C.  “We’ve already had two performances and everything is going well!” says Szász, on the road in Ohio.

The Üsztürü Ensemble will spend a week at The Sembrich, serving as this season’s Flonzaley Resident Ensemble. In addition to this World Music Wednesday performance, Uszturu will participate in The Sembrich’s annual gala, “A Night in Budapest” on Saturday, August 25th, joining violin soloist Daniel Szász in several numbers and providing an authentic musical backdrop for the lakeside reception.