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Hungarian Trio Combines Old and New World Sounds for a Unique Concert

  • Published: July 09, 2012

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Hungarian Trio Combines Old and New World Sounds for a Unique Concert

Nazareth College’s Center for International Education is pleased to welcome the Kálmán Balogh Gypsy Cimbalom Trio to perform in the Linehan Chapel located in the Golisano Academic Center on July 30 at 7 p.m. The Trio consists of renowned Hungarian cimbalom player Kálmán Balogh, Slovakian viola and violin player Robert Lakatos, and Hungarian bassist Csaba Novák. The performance is free and open to the public. Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14618.

Kálmán Balogh Gypsy Cimbalom Trio is the dynamic merging of music from the old and new worlds. Balogh continues a fabled European musical tradition dating back to the collaboration of masters like gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli, connecting ancient folk music traditions of central and eastern Europe with the chord progressions and swinging rhythm of jazz. The cimbalom, a sort of oversized hammer dulcimer played with mallets like a vibraphone, possesses piano like percussive abilities to drive a band rhythmically or take the melodic lead. 

Balogh is one of the foremost Hungarian cimbalom players, descending from a famous dynasty of Hungarian Gypsy musicians. A graduate of Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music of Budapest, he has completed many successful tours throughout the world with various ensembles, including well over a dozen tours in North America. Robert Lakatos, a viola and violin player from Slovakia, is steeped in classical music training and played with important classical orchestras, but always gravitated toward folk or world music. He plays in several groups ranging from classical to folk and jazz genres. Csaba Novák is one of the more versatile bass players in Hungary, familiar with gypsy style, klezmer, folk music, jazz, and world music.

This performance is part of the Hungarian Cultural Center’s Central European World Music series, a fascinating world music experience blending eastern and central European folk music from exceptional European artists. The Hungarian Cultural Center is supporting the tour of the Trio. The Center is dedicated to promoting Hungarian culture and increasing awareness of the wonderful cultural resources of Hungary to the North American public. The Center is funded by the Bálint Balassi Institute in Budapest, Hungary.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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