I visited the website www.harmoniaband.com The music is simply superb.
Just wished we lived closer to Virginia; if anyone lives close to VA, go see this group.
An amazing collection of virtuoso musicians. The music is truly unforgettalbe and exciting!
----- Original Message -----
From: Gregory J Kopchak
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2003 7:30 PM
Subject: [Slovak-World] FW: Concert of Eastern European Music on April 5, 2003
From the Embassy....
We would like to inform you about a concert of musical group HARMONIA to be
held on Saturday April 05, 2003 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Knox Presbyterian Church (Falls Church, VA)
FSGW Members: $14 Non-Members: $18 Church Members: $14
THE RETURN OF the best performers of Eastern European music. Take the most
virtuosic soloists you've EVER heard playing Eastern European music: a gypsy
violin, flutes and panpipes, and a cimbalom (chromatic hammer dulcimer). Put
them together with a driving bass player, and a soulful singer, under the
direction of the finest accordion player, and meld them into a tightly
disciplined ensemble, and you've got as good a notion of Harmonia as you can
imagine without actually hearing them. Ask the folks who heard them when
they were last in town, and you'll hear raves. Ask the folks who really know
this music, and you'll hear awe for their virtuosic genius.
HARMONIA presents the traditional folk music of Eastern Europe, ranging from
the Danube to the Carpathians. Its repertoire reflects the cultures of this
region: Hungarian, Slovak, Ukrainian, Romanian, Croatian and Gypsy.
Performing on authentic folk instruments, and styled after turn of the
century East-European Gypsy bands, Harmonia's music is drawn from both the
urban and rural traditions of Eastern Europe. The ensemble's performances
evoke the full range of human emotions; interspersing brilliant
pyrotechnical virtuosity with soulful melancholy and nostalgic yearning.
THE MUSICIANS come from varied East-European backgrounds; in Harmonia they
have found a common musical language. Whether playing at ethnic weddings,
celebrations, or in smoky cafés, this ensemble's members stay close to their
roots. Harmonia's music brings to the concert stage the vitality of these
VIOLINIST and tamburica player Marko Dreher is the son of a traditional
Croatian folk musician. Ukrainian Alexander Fedoriouk is a master of the
cimbalom.. Fellow Ukrainian folk flutist Andrei Pidkivka blows sounds you'd
never thought possible from the sopilka and the nai. Singer Beata Begeniova
is Carpatho-Rusyn from Slovakia. Founder, organizer, and accordionist Walt
Mahovlich comes from Cleveland, Ohio, the progeny of Croatian paternal
grandparents and Hungarian maternal grandparents. Only bassist Adam Good had
to step outside his heritage to acquire his expertise.
For more info and music samples, visit their website:
For further information, please contact the Program Coordinator, Charles
Baum, at 301-587-2286.
Directions to Knox Presbyterian Church: I-495 Beltway in Virginia to Exit
50B (old exit 8-E ) (US 50 East, 'Arlington'); go one half mile, left at
second traffic light onto Allen St. Church is on near left corner. Parking
lot on left off Allen Street behind church.
If that lot is full, the other side of Allen St. is reserved for residents,
so park across Route 50 in the Fairfax Co. library lot, or have dinner one
block East at one of the restaurants in Loehmann's Plaza and then walk one
block to the concert. Traffic light with crosswalks and walk signs available
at Route 50 and Allen St. You may also park on the church lawn facing the
Route 50 frontage road.
Metro: Orange Line to Ballston, then take the 1B, 1C, or 1F MetroBus (Wilson
Blvd-Fairfax Line) to Allen St. and Arlington Blvd.
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