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GYPSY DEVILS: Stolen? Rightfully taken back!

Sunday, 7. September 2014
Union Hall at 19.30

Ernest Šarközi - cimbalom
Štefan Banyák - first violin
Emil Hasala - violin
Jozef Farkaš - violin
Silvia Šarköziová - violoncello
Tibor Lévai - doublebass
Aleksander Mihok - doublebass
Zoltan Grunza - clarinet and tarogato

Ernest Šarközi: Znelka (Opening Fanfare)
Emmerich Kálmán / Ernest Šarközi: ´Komm Zigan´( Aria from the Operetta Countess Maritza)
Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G Minor (1858–1869)
Ernest Šarközi: ´Oči čierne´
Georges Bizet / Ernest Šarközi: Carmen Overture (1874)
Franz Liszt / Zoltán Grunza / Ernest Šarközi: Paraphrase to the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D flat Major, S 244/6 – Fantasy and Variations for solo tarogato (1847)
Franz Liszt / Ernest Šarközi: Hungarian Rhapsody No.2, S.244/2 (1847)
Emil Hasala: Russian Gypsies
John Williams / Emil Šarközi: Schindler´s list (1993)
Joseph Kosma / Ernest Šarközi: Autumn leaves (1945)
Ernest Šarközi: Gypsy violin
Niccolò Paganini/ Ernest Šarközi: Caprice No. 24 for solo violin, Op. 1 (1819)
Emil Hasala: Jewish Medley
Vittorio Monti: Csárdás (1904)


Stolen? Rightfully taken back!


Gypsy music seems to be holding a key to great emotional release for us members of Western civilization, stifled by the centuries old collar of “proper behaviour“. With its flamboyant melodies, manic rhythms and unrestrained passion it never fails to unleash our inmost desire to shake off the conventions. The lure of its (false) promise of absolute freedom is just too strong not to give in. And why shouldn't we? Especially if it comes from the Gypsy Devils, one of Europe's hottest Gypsy music bands. The full blooded gypsy virtuosi dazzle the audiences all over the world with the music of their ancestors as well as with their hot and spicy renditions of classical music, rightfully taken back from the likes of Brahms, Liszt and c. o., who lifted passages wholesale from their fathers and grandfathers.
Prepare for an evening of breath-taking cymbal acrobatics and burning strings of genuine gypsy fiddles letting all Hell break loose! Loosen your tie, kick off your shoes and let the Devil(s) take your soul!


Festival Maribor 2014 , 5. – 11. September




Festival Maribor is happy to announce that the renowned Australian violinist Richard Tognetti returns to the festival! The charismatic leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, who is praised by the critics for his inspired programming and unrivalled creativity, energy and individuality has managed to bring Maribor into the spotlight of the European festival season, placing it side by side with some of the most important European musical cities.




His unique, almost revolutionary programming extends across centuries, styles and genres, creating a fertile ground for musical cross-pollinating. Paired with a


line-up that can't be found anywhere else as the acclaimed musicians from all over the world, members of exceptional Slovenian and foreign orchestras are hand-picked by the festival's organizers, forming various chamber and orchestral ensembles as well as the core of the Festival Maribor Orchestra in accord with the program, it became the Festival Maribor's formula for success.




To prove the above, we can proudly announce that the renowned web portal CultureTrip ranked Festival Maribor among the ten best European festivals this year.




Being aware that we have to live up to such high standards, we happily present this year's rendition of the festival. It's main theme (with variations, of course) can best be described using the title of one of this year's concert highlights: ”Stolen?”




Is music property? Under what circumstances can music be considered as stolen? How many melodies, which we recognize as a masterpiece by a certain composer, have actually been borrowed, appropriated, even stolen? Our search for answers took us onto a badly marked and winding path of authorship in music. Opening new ways to look at the tensions between copyright law, musical meaning and artistic freedom it became one of the artistic challenges of this year's festival.




We are sure we won't be able to find all the right answers. But we are sure we will offer unforgettable concert experiences, with our musical kaleidoscope forming magical images out of fragments from borrowings in classical music, the postmodern music collages and all the way to DJs remixes.




Welcome in the creative chaos of the Festival Maribor 2014!