By: admin 18 November 2013


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One Night Only Performance Celebrates Culture and Tradition, November 22, 2013


CHICAGO — The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University welcomes The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, regarded as one of the greatest folkloric dance ensembles in the world, back to Chicago for “Hungarian Rhapsody,” Friday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m. Artistic Director and Choreographer Gábor Mihályi brings the entire ensemble including 30 dancers and 7 musicians to the stage as they present their rich and colorful repertoire based on authentic Hungarian dances.  Hailed by the “Los Angeles Tribune” as “…an Olympian display of ancient moves based on courtship, war, virtuosity, nature worship and more,” this cultural piece takes audiences on a journey through time, from the present to the past, and back again. Tickets ($25 – $68) are on sale now and available online at, by calling (800) 982-ARTS (2787) or at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office (50 E Congress Pkwy).


“The Auditorium Theatre exposes our audiences to dance from around the world, and it is our pleasure to welcome one of the most culturally invigorating and dynamic companies to perform on our stage,” said Auditorium Theatre Executive Director Brett Batterson. “The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble presents authentic and moving performances that ensure the legacy of the rich Hungarian culture, and I am honored to have them share that culture and history in Chicago.”


As a musical genre, the rhapsody is best characterized by its tumultuous rhythms, strong emotion, impassioned surges of thought, and freedom of expression. Creating their own, unique rhapsody, The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble’s performance incorporates all the key characteristics of this genre, taking its inspiration from folk music and dance customs. The piece includes images from the peasant traditions of the Hungarians and other national groups of the country’s surrounding regions in dynamic succession, offering a compelling look into a thousand-year old culture as expressed in the acrobatics of the men’s dances, the lyricism of the women’s movements, and the virtuosity of couples’ dances.


Made up of 16 sections, each incorporating dances from various regions throughout Hungary, “Hungarian Rhapsody” carries the message that although the world from where this music and dance originates has long disappeared, the importance of carrying on a culture that is unique and distinctive still resonates. The rich historical culture remains vital to the existence of the Hungarian people and is a principal source of identity not only for Hungarians but for all nations.


Support for Hungarian State Folk Ensemble provided by Seymour Persky.


Performance Schedule and Ticket Information


The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble at the Auditorium Theatre:

Friday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m.


Tickets ($25 - $68) are available online at, by calling
(800) 982-ARTS (2787) or in-person at Auditorium Theatre’s Box Office (50 E Congress Pkwy).


Auditorium Theatre’s 2013 - 14 Season:


The full Auditorium Theatre 2013 – 14 season also includes “Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah” (January 18 - 19); Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (February 28 – March 9); Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan’s “Songs of the Wanderers” (March 14 and 16); Houston Ballet’s “Aladdin” (March 22 – 23); Chick Corea and Béla Fleck (April 5); River North Dance Chicago (April 12); “The Idan Raichel Project” (May 15); and Paul Taylor Dance Company (May 17–18).


About the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble


The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, established in 1951 and regarded as one of the greatest folkloric dance ensembles in the world, aims to collect and play authentic folk music and to preserve the folk dances and traditional costumes of Hungary and Hungarian-inhabited areas by putting them on stage before the public. During the more than four and a half decades of its existence, the Ensemble has achieved its aim by revitalizing the culture of the Hungarian people. Their rich and colorful repertoire entitles the Ensemble to be regarded as one of the top touring groups in the world. The Ensemble has performed in 44 countries across four continents and won the admiration of an audience of more than seven and a half million people. They have also toured the Far East and Western Europe. The choreographies are all based on authentic dances, some of them collected in isolated villages with dance elements dating back hundreds of years. Their rich repertoire includes folk music which inspired Hungarian and international classical composers such as Liszt, Brahms, Kodály and Bartók.


About the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University


The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, located at 50 E Congress Pkwy, is an Illinois, not-for-profit organization committed to presenting the finest in international, cultural, community and educational programming to Chicago, and to the continued restoration and preservation of the National Historic Landmark Auditorium Theatre. The Auditorium Theatre is generously supported by the MacArthur Foundation, the NIB Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council and the Palmer House Hilton.  For more information about programming, volunteer and donor opportunities or theater tours, call (312) 341-2310 or visit




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