Above: Promotional image of Rajkó Gypsy Band from Hungary. Courtesy of Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center
The world famous Rajkó Band, an authentic Gypsy ensemble from Hungary, will present a special concert on Sunday, March 10, at 4:00 pm in the intimate setting of the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center.
This seven-member group has a lush sound that belies its size and will thrill you with selections from their repertoire ranging from classical and romantic favorites by Strauss, Brahms, Offenbach, von Suppé and others to traditional music and Gypsy tunes.
In true Roma tradition, the Rajkó will alter the program to suit the audience and the musicians’ own creative mood. You’ll experience the essence of Roma music which includes spontaneity and improvisation. The instrumentation includes violins, viola, bass, clarinet and the cimbalom, a unique instrument which mesmerized composers from Liszt and others of his time to Richard Strauss.
The Rajkó Band has performed throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia, and Asia, including a performance for Pope Benedict. This touring ensemble derives from the renowned Rajkó school in Budapest which draws gifted young Roma musicians from throughout Central Europe for unique musical education and training starting at a very early age that concentrates developing and preserving their cultural heritage of improvisation, an essential ingredient of their virtuosity.
The concert is co-sponsored by the House of Hungary, San Diego, and the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library. A complimentary intermission reception featuring delicious Hungarian pastries will offer an opportunity to mingle with fellow music lovers.
Cost: Tickets are only $15 at the door; $5 for children under 12.
Location: Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center, 10301 Scripps Lake Drive in Scripps Ranch near Miramar Lake. Google Map. Overflow parking is available on Meanley Drive off Scripps Ranch Blvd. Call (858) 538-8158 or visit www.srfol.org for information.