Friday, September 27, 7:30 pm
Duration: 90 min

Live virtuoso performance by legendary orchestra Gypsy Devils. This talented ensemble of Romani musicians from Slovakia plays original arrangements by combining classical pieces with musical genres such as jazz, ethno, flamenco and Gypsy. Together with interweaving styles, they add rhythmical and harmonic changes imbued with extraordinary brilliance.

unnamed-15Performers: Ernest Sarkozi (cimbalom), Silvia Sarkozi (solo singing, cello), Stefan Banyak (violin), Jozef Farkas (viola), Robert Feher (double bass), Zoltan Grunza (clarinet, tarogato).

Gypsy Devils is a group of Romani musicians from Slovakia led by the artistic director Ernest Sarkozi. Since 1991, they have performed on numerous prestigious concert stages and at music festivals worldwide, including Konzerthaus Berlin, Royal Opera House London, Hans Max Saal Munich, Konzert und Kongressaal Luzern, Concert Hall Melbourne, Goldener Saal-Musikverein Vienna, Beethovenfest Bonn, Liszt Festival Raiding, Haevichi Arts Festival Jeju, Prague Spring and Silk Road International Arts Festival Xi’ an. The group played at Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and London 2012 Summer Olympics as well. They have also collaborated with symphonic and chamber orchestras, along with artists such as Vienna String Quartet, Friedrich Gulda, Peter Dvorsky and Gypsy Kings.

The event is presented at the 2019 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival with the support of the Consulate General of Slovakia in New York and Multiharmony.

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The 2019 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival is organized by the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation (VHLF) and Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA), in partnership with Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak and Romanian performing arts organizations and cultural institutes. The series of events highlight Vaclav Havel’s legacy as a playwright through live performances, panel discussions, exhibitions and a ceremony for the Disturbing the Peace Award to a Courageous Writer at Risk. A key objective is to establish exchanges between U.S. and Central European theater professionals. The festival reflects Havel’s contribution to 20th-century theater as well as his belief in the potential of Central European cultural traditions to enrich human existence in the modern age. The program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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