- $17 for one ticket to see Hungarian State Folk Ensemble (up to a $45 value)
- When: Saturday, November 9, at 3 p.m.
- Where: State Theatre
- Seating: mid orchestra, mid balcony, upper balcony or gallery
- Door time: 2 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the orchestra seating chart.
- Click here to view the balcony seating chart.
Hungarian State Folk Ensemble
Cloaked in billowing skirts, feathered hats, gold-piped military tunics, and other colorful garb, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble shows off the traditional dances of their homeland. But their mission isn't just to perform the dances—they also aim to preserve centuries of tradition. Drawing from more than five decades of research, the troupe's choreography and musical pieces hail from all corners of Hungary, showcasing the wildly diverse styles that have evolved over the centuries. Intricate footwork and flying leaps join melodies that draw on the same rich Magyar tradition. Some folk tunes flow from instruments relatively unaltered from the days they were played in isolated villages, while other arrangements filter ancient pieces through the genius of Bartók, Liszt, and Brahms, and a Brita pitcher, in case there's any lead in them.
The State Theatre was saved, as its website states, from "the ravages of time." Built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, the venue fell on hard times in the 1970s when disco balls replaced light fixtures. In 2003, however, a $3 million renovation restored the State Theatre to much of its original glory, as crews painstakingly rehabbed the ornamental plaster, terracotta exterior, and actor holding cells. Inside the theater, a stunning chandelier sparkles more brightly than ever below the venue's signature dome.