September 6, 2011

Rajkó: Legendary Gypsy Orchestra from Budapest, Hungary, Live in Concert at JCU

Rajkó: The Legendary Gypsy Orchestra from Budapest, Hungary, will perform live in concert at JCU Friday, September 9, at 8 p.m., in the Donahue Auditorium of the Dolan Center for Science and Technology. The event is presented by INSIDE World Music, and is sponsored by the JCU Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures, the Modern European Studies Program, and the Center for Global Education.

The concert is free for all JCU students and employees (faculty, staff, and administrators) with a JCU voucher, which can be exchanged for a free ticket at the door the evening of the concert. To obtain a ticket voucher, see Elssy Lawrence, secretary of the Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures department in OC 132, or Kathy Schiffer, secretary of the Center for Global Education in the AD building (first floor), during regular office hours.

The concert is also open to the general public. Regular ticket price admission is $15-$20 for non-JCU adults/seniors and $10 for non-JCU students.

About “Rajkó”:

The music that inspired Franz Liszt! Hungary’s premier Gypsy ensemble presents both classical and Gypsy music with special emphasis on improvisation and virtuosity that is the hall mark of this style. A concert filled with passion and fire marking the 200th birthday of Franz Liszt.

The world famous Rajkó Orchestra is made up of highly skilled Gypsy musicians who have been rigorously trained at the legendary Rajkó music school in Budapest, Hungary. The Rajkó School and orchestra were established in 1952 to specifically recruit talented young persons with Roma (Gypsy) backgrounds and train them in the traditions of Central European Gypsy style music. In addition, the students were given rigorous classical musical training, shaping them to become exceptional performers. The word “Rajkó” means “young Roma” – an appropriate name for the students at the school. The group has exceptionally high artistic standards.The “Rajkós” are unique in that they preserve their musical tradition rooted in improvisation which is an essential component of their breath-taking virtuosity.

The Rajkó Orchestra on this tour consists of eight exceptional musicians who constitute the classical form of a Gypsy orchestra: two lead violinists, called “Primás”, one second violinist, a violist, cimbalom, clarinet, cello and double bass. This instrumentation provides the authentic sound of the much loved and admired “Gypsy music” of the 19th and 20th Centuries. The incredible range of their repertoire covers many genres from classical to folk music, and from operettas to Gypsy music. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt’s birth; we know he loved Gypsy music and based several of his famous compositions on this style. In the performance of the Rajkó Orchestra you can hear the very same music that inspired Liszt.

You can find out more about Rajkó and hear their music on their website.