FolkEmbassy Concert


Saturday, October 7, 2017 / 17:30 - 20:00

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„Aki nem tartozott egy nemzethez, az nem tartozhat az emberiséghez.”
Kodály Zoltán


17:30–18:30 A Bite to Eat


Downloadable Poster

18:30–20:00 Concert
HU címerThe concert tour is sponsored by the Ministry Responsible for Nation Policy of Hungary and Hungary’s Mission to Canada

About the Concert

You are invited to take part in the one and a half hour amalgam of two programs presented on the stage of OHCC by the HUNGARIAN FOLK EMBASSY ensemble. At first, you are invited to join in the karaoke presentation of a variety of folksongs from all over the Carpathian Basin. The entire material of this show, entitled Sun is lighting up the sky will be available on a double DVD issued in 2016.

We haven’t seen anything alike!” Noémi Sümegi, The Weekly Response (Heti Válasz)
It should adorn the shelves of every home” Endre Liber, Radio Bartók

The second component of the Ottawa show is composed of highlights selected from folk songs for our age, presented at the Budapest Spring Festival. It represents a rarity in literary history inasmuch gathers under the same roof those poems of the eminent poet János Arany that found their way into the souls of average folk and have been transfigured into folk songs, informing folk culture ever since.

Interestingly, one of the first collection of folk songs was completed by Arany himself in 1874. One can only marvel at the same sense of purity and simplicity of form so characteristic of folk art, that Arany made good use of in his most profound and complex poems. Occasionally, he integrated the folk material in his works, duly referencing the source. Many of his poems entered the vernacular, giving wings to peasant poetry. The program bears witness to the delicate intertwining between art- and folk-poetry. This year we celebrate the bicentennial of Arany’s birth. Milán Hetényi, our singer, will perform samples of Arany’s living heritage from four distinct regions of historical Hungary (Szatmár and Baja counties, the Kalotaszeg Region and Mezőség, the Transylvanian Highland)

Concert at the Palace of Arts, Budapest (clip) János Arany – Mathias’ Mother (excerpt from the program „Népdalok a kornak”)

About the Performers



The HUNGARIAN FOLK EMBASSY ensemble led by its two first violins, Mihály Rosonczy-Kovács and András Soós, has been formed in 2013 with the explicit goal of popularizing the world over the unaltered string playing present in Hungarian folk music. Unearthing countless musical links, the ensemble endeavours to underscore Hungary’s cultural diplomacy and shed light on the organic symbiosis all Central-European nations share, having been the beneficiaries of this interaction throughout the ages. The ensemble takes pride in presenting to international audiences the way ages and different nations’ legacies are reflected and carried on in Hungarian folk art, be it in music or in dance. The performers are globe-trotters in their own right having played in recent years in Milan, Italy; Poland,Estonia,Pakistan, Taiwan. In their program entitled “Náisz-Köszönjük!” they are joined by Romanian violinist, Ovidiu Barteş, to give a cross-section of the role played by Gypsy music in Hungary and its surroundings.

Their published recordings are:

  • Sun is lighting up the sky” (2016) double DVD, karaoke style. 33 musicians and singers, 7 hours of delight, to encourage the re-integration of folk music in our daily lives.
  • Báthory-Bem-Balatonboglár” honours our long-standing friendship with the Polish Nation (Janusz Prusinowski and Márta Sebestyén, collaborators)
  • Folk songs for our age” – poems of János Arany in folk music (Márta Sebestyén and Péter Blaskó, collaborators)

Members of the ensemble:

András Soós – Violin; Winner of the 2009 National Solo Violonist Competition and Junior Prima Prize in 2011

Mihály Rosonczy-Kovács – Violin; winner of Junior Prima Prize and The 50 Most Talented Youth Program in 2013. Leader of the Philidor Institution – Civil European Sport and Music Diplomacy Non-Profit Ltd.

Luca Hegedűs – Cimbalom, Viola; the only well-known female cimbalom player in Hungary

Tamás Orsós – Viola; University Degree in Violin-Making.

Zoltán Hanusz – Double Bass

A zenekar állandó közreműködője: Milán Hetényi – Vocals; Hungarian Folk State Ensemble, Master of Young Folk Artist

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Contact: Mónika Tünde Tuza,
Telephone: +36 70 907 57 94

About the ensemble (in Hungarian only)

Vágják az erdei utat (They Are Making a Trail in the Forest)

On the Menu


Cooked Debreceni with Bread and Mustard

cup of coffee

Coffee and Tea


Soft drinks, beer, wine and liquors available at the bar.

We can only guarantee the seating for reservations received in time. We thank you in advance for your reservations. Please make yours by 9 PM on Friday prior to the event. Reservations successfully submitted through the web are confirmed by e-mail.


Bookings are closed for this event.