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July 13, 1995

Hungarian Group To Perform

The American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress will present Meta, a musical group performing traditional Hungarian music and dance from Budapest, Hungary, on Thursday, July 20, from noon to 1 p.m. on the west front steps of the Jefferson Building, First and Independence Ave. S.E. Dancing will be demonstrated by members of the Tisza Ensemble. The event is free and open to the public. The rain location is the Mumford Room, sixth floor, Madison Building.

Meta is one of the best known folk music ensembles in Hungary. The ensemble performs authentic music from different Hungarian- speaking regions of Europe as well as modern interpretations of traditional music. The group has toured throughout Europe and continues to be a major force in the Hungarian traditional music revival in Budapest. The group has received the coveted "Young Master of Folk Art" prize awarded by the Hungarian government for the group's artistic achievements and contributions to this folk revival.

The Tisza Ensemble performs Hungarian traditional music and dance for audiences throughout the eastern United States and Canada. The leaders of Tisza spent a year living in Hungary and studying dance and music with the award-winning Nyirseg Ensemble.

The concert is part of a series of free Neptune Plaza Concerts, which have been presented by the American Folklife Center on the steps of the Library of Congress since 1977. Since then, more than 120 concerts have been presented to an audience composed of tourists, school groups, congressional staff, foreign visitors, local residents, and occasionally, members of Congress. The concerts have been broadcast on WAMU-FM since 1988.

From its inception, the series has emphasized the cultural diversity of the American musical tradition, from Cambodian ballet to black blues artists, Native American dancers, and Spanish flamenco. The American Folklife Center was created by the American Folklife Preservation Act of 1976. The purpose of the center is to "preserve and present" American folklife through programs of research, field documentation, archival preservation, exhibition, publication, professional training, and live performance.

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PR 95-101
ISSN 0731-3527

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