The twilight concert is the final performance of the day and takes place in the beautiful courtyard of the Hungarian Heritage Center. As the sun sets on New Brunswick, there is no better way to end the day than listening to the sounds of talented musicians playing authentic Hungarian music. This year's twilight concert will feature three incredible bands including one which comes directly from Budapest. It is a performance you will not want to miss.
About the bands _____________________________________ Oláh Ernő and his band
Oláh Ernő, from a Roma musician dynasty, is respected as one of Budapest’s best band leaders – “Primás” as they are called - and is the reincarnated image of the Hollywood-invented “roaming violinist.” The supporting members of his band are all well-known musicians who are longstanding purveyors of romantic “Gypsy” music in the classical quartet setting: violin, viola (brácsa), bass, and the fantastic cimbalom. The band plays every day at the popular SZEGED Restaurant in Budapest, where, after delicious Hungarian cuisine, musical entertainment is the highlight of the evening.
Életfa Hungarian Folk Band
Életfa was founded in 1987 by children of Hungarian immigrants and presently consists of first-generation Hungarian-Americans and Hungarian immigrants living in New Jersey, New York and Washington, DC. Életfa, which means the Tree of Life, symbolizes the core mission and passion of the band, which is to preserve the past while passing it on to the next generation. Életfa performs at a wide range of venues, from concert halls, outdoor festivals, museums to Táncházes (“Dance Houses,” or Hungarian folk dance parties). They are dedicated to spreading their joy of authentic Hungarian folk music, song and dance from the villages of present day and historic Hungary to audiences of all ages, within the Hungarian community and throughout North America. Fényes Banda Fényes Banda consists of friends who met through the Hungarian/Transylvanian folk dance and music communities of New York, New Jersey and New England. They play authentic music from Hungarian villages and towns, learn from field recordings, and also from some of the greatest Hungarian players of this music, who keep the traditions of the Carpathian Basin alive. The band formed in 2012, and it is currently the only Hungarian folk music band in New York City. Fényes Banda performed numerous times over the past two years for Hungarian cultural heritage events such as the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the New York Times Travel Show.