Evening Concerts at the 47th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival

June 25, 2013
News Release
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The 47th annual Folklife Festival will feature a series of evening concerts. All performances are free to the public. The Festival will be held Wednesday, June 26, through Sunday, June 30, and Wednesday, July 3, through Sunday, July 7, outdoors on the National Mall between Seventh and 14th streets. Admission is free. Festival hours are from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day, with special evening events as concerts and dance parties beginning at 6 p.m. The Festival is co-sponsored by the National Park Service.

Wednesday, June 26

  • “Szalonna and His Band featuring Andrea Navratil and Transylvanian Roma fiddlers”—A concert featuring different styles of folk music and song from the Carpathian Basin. From 6 to
  • 7 p.m. at the Danubia Stage.
  • “Centuries of Hungarian Dance”—A dance presentation demonstrating the regional and historical differences in traditions of dance from medieval circle dances to the modern csárdás. From 7 to 8 p.m. at the Danubia Stage.
  • “Dance House featuring Tükrös and Heveder”—A social dance party featuring a variety of regional Hungarian dance forms, all accompanied by folk bands from different cultural regions. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hungarian Dance Barn.
  • “The Will to Adorn presents In Process… and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble”—A concert showcasing musicians who consider their visual presentation as carefully as they do their musical choices. From 6 to 8 p.m. at the Voices of the World Stage.

Thursday, June 27

  • “Eszter Bíró and Band”—A concert featuring Eszter Bíró who has performed as lead vocalist for the Budapest Klezmer Band and has produced an album of Jewish folk songs in eight different languages. From 6 to 7 p.m. at the Danubia Stage.
  • “Village Dances”—A dance presentation evoking the atmosphere of a village fair in Hungary through various dances that would be performed at events throughout the day, from women’s circle dances to shepherds’ stick dances. From 7 to 8 p.m. at the Danubia Stage.
  • “Dance House featuring Életfa”—A social dance party featuring a variety of regional Hungarian dance forms, all accompanied by folk bands from different cultural regions. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hungarian Dance Barn.
  • “Hawaiian Music and Dance”—A concert featuring Māpuna Leo (lit., Arising Voices), a consortium of award-winning musicians, kumu hula (hula masters) and academics who have come together to celebrate the revitalization of Hawaiian culture and language. From 6 to 8 p.m. at the Voices of the World Stage.

Friday, June 28

  • “Ralph Rinzler Concert featuring The Seldom Scene in honor of Peter Seitel”—An annual concert presented in memory of Ralph Rinzler, the co-founder of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This year’s concert, featuring The Seldom Scene, an influential D.C.-area bluegrass band, honors Peter Seitel, a long-time staff member of the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. From 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the Danubia Stage.
  • “North American Dance Gala featuring Tükrös and Életfa”—A performance by folk dancers and bands from North America and Hungary demonstrating the unifying qualities of music and dance. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Danubia Stage.
  • “Dance House featuring Heveder”—A social dance party featuring a variety of regional Hungarian dance forms, all accompanied by folk bands from different cultural regions. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hungarian Dance Barn.
  • “Los Masis, Indigenous Andean Music from Bolivia”—A concert showcasing Los Masis, a musical group that has used native Andean music and dance as a way to change prevailing attitudes of discrimination against Bolivia’s indigenous peoples. From 6 to 8 p.m. at the Voices of the World Stage.

Saturday, June 29

  • “Heveder and the Juhász Family”—A concert featuring different styles of music from the villages of Transylvania and the instrumental and vocal traditions of the Carpathian Basin. From 6 to 7 p.m. at the Danubia Stage.
  • “Village Dances”—A dance presentation evoking the atmosphere of a village fair in Hungary through various dances that would be performed at events throughout the day, from women’s circle dances to shepherds’ stick dances. From 7 to 8 p.m. at the Danubia Stage.
  • “Dance House featuring Heveder and Szalonna and His Band”—A social dance party featuring a variety of regional Hungarian dance forms, all accompanied by folk bands from different cultural regions. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hungarian Dance Barn.
  • “The An-sky Yiddish Heritage Ensemble with Hungarian Guests”—A concert featuring a diverse program of rare Yiddish folksongs and klezmer instrumentals, as well as musical traditions from Hungary. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Voices of the World Stage.

Sunday, June 30

  • “Peacock Gala Show”—A gala showcasing the finalists (dancers, musicians and vocalists) from the popular Hungarian television talent show “The Peacock Ascends.” From 6 to 7 p.m. at the Danubia Stage.
  • “Centuries of Hungarian Dance”—A dance presentation demonstrating the regional and historical differences in traditions of dance from medieval circle dances to the modern csárdás. From 7 to 8 p.m. at the Danubia Stage.
  • “Dance House featuring Heveder and Szalonna and His Band”—A social dance party featuring a variety of regional Hungarian dance forms, all accompanied by folk bands from different cultural regions. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hungarian Dance Barn.
  • “The Dimen Dong Folk Chorus”—A concert previewing a future Folklife Festival program on China. This group includes seven children (ages 8 to 15) and seven young adult singers who preserve their cultural heritage through a centuries-old a cappella polyphonic singing tradition. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Voices of the World Stage.

Wednesday, July 3

  • “Bob Cohen with Szalonna and His Band: Hungarian Jewish Melodies”—A concert highlighting Hungarian, Romanian, Moldavian and Yiddish music, as well as traditional Hasidic tunes. From 6 to 7 p.m. at the Danubia Stage.
  • “Village Dances”—A dance presentation evoking the atmosphere of a village fair in Hungary through various dances that would be performed at events throughout the day, from women’s circle dances to shepherds’ stick dances. From 7 to 8 p.m. at the Danubia Stage.
  • “Dance House featuring Heveder, Gázsa and the Juhász Family”—A social dance party featuring a variety of regional Hungarian dance forms, all accompanied by folk bands from different cultural regions. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hungarian Dance Barn.
  • “Garifuna Music and Dance”—A concert showcasing the various musical traditions among the Garifuna people. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Voices of the World Stage.

Friday, July 5

  • “Heveder, Gázsa, and the Juhász Family: Music from Transylvania”—A concert highlighting the different styles of music from the villages of Transylvania. From 6 to 7 p.m. at the Danubia Stage.
  • “Centuries of Hungarian Dance”—A dance presentation demonstrating the regional and historical differences in traditions of dance from medieval circle dances to the modern csárdás. From 7 to 8 p.m. at the Danubia Stage.
  • “Dance House featuring All Bands and Lads’ Dance Contest”—A social dance party featuring a variety of regional Hungarian dance forms, all accompanied by folk bands from different cultural regions. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hungarian Dance Barn.
  • “Kalmyk and Tuvan Music from Russia”—A concert featuring traditional, vocal and instrumental music from the Republic of Kalmykia in the southeastern corner of Europe and the Republic of Tuva in southern Siberia. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Voices of the World Stage.

Saturday, July 6

  • “Roma Music from Hungary and Transylvania”—A concert by renowned Roma musicians from Hungary and Transylvania highligting the multiethnic musical and dance traditions of various cultural regions in Central Europe. From 6 to 7 p.m. at the Danubia Stage.
  • “Village Dances”—A dance presentation evoking the atmosphere of a village fair in Hungary through various dances that would be performed at events throughout the day, from women’s circle dances to shepherds’ stick dances. From 7 to 8 p.m. at the Danubia Stage.
  • “Dance House featuring All Bands”—A social dance party featuring a variety of regional Hungarian dance forms, all accompanied by folk bands from different cultural regions. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hungarian Dance Barn.
  • “Smithsonian Folkways Concert: Hatun Kotama (Flutes of Ecuador)”—A concert celebrating the release of ¡Así Kotama! The Flutes of Otavalo, Ecuador, a part of the Smithsonian Folkways Tradiciones/Traditions series. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Voices of the World Stage.

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