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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : September 3 2008
42 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, September 4, 2008 MB STEPPING OUT www.innerwestweekly.com.au Antal Szalai and his Gypsy Band are playing Ashfield's Polish Club. Captivating gypsy melodies WHO: Antal Szalai and his Gypsy Band WHERE: The Polish Club, 3 Norton St, Ashfield. Call 9798 7469 WHEN: Saturdays, September 6 and 13 at 2.30pm FIONA BRADY EXPERIENCE the passion and excitement of gypsy music when one of the world's leading gypsy violinists performs at the Polish Club in Ashfield this weekend and next. Antal Szalai and his Gypsy Band will play traditional Hungarian and international gypsy melodies, as well as some of the most popular pieces from the world of operetta. Szalai, a Hungarian, comes from a family of gypsy musicians. He studied the violin at the Bela Bartok Conservatory of Music in his homeland, and became leader of the Hungarian Gypsy Orchestra in 1969. He said his people's way of playing music was especially passionate. ''The gypsies are very temperamental people and gypsy music comes from the heart,'' he said. ''There is a lot of feeling and it is romantic. Also, they play with a different sort of rhythm that is more interesting.'' Szalai said the tradition of gypsy bands started about 300 years ago and as well as including a violin, a violia and a cello, they also feature a more unusual instrument called a cimbalom. ''The traditional cimbalom is a large-stringed instrument in the zither category with trapezoidal soundboard,'' Szalai said. ''The strings are divided in a total of 35 groups, that makes it possible to achieve a range of four octaves. ''This instrument allows highly-skilled playing with articulated notes with very rapid staccato.'' Listen up! Here's how to die laughing AUTHOR Debra Adelaide is coming to Concord Library to talk about her latest book, The Household Guide to Dying on Friday, September 12. The humorous novel tells the story of Delia Bennet, an author and domestic advice columnist who has been diagnosed with cancer. She realises it is time to get her own house in order, but as she writes lists and makes plans, she is forced to confront the past she has left behind. The talk is at 2pm in Concord Library, 60 Flavelle St. Bookings are essential on 9911 6210. A $5 booking fee of includes refreshments. ATMs 96 Shaftesbury Rd, Burwood burwoodrsl.com.au ph: 9744 7444 9 avid Stras n 7pm Wed 15th October Tickets: $42 Ted E's Farewell Tour ha Down U 8pm Saturday 13th September Tickets: $9 Father's D y Adults $29 / Child $12 Sunday 7th September from 12pm Lunch and Show featuring Napoli Tonight Elton Jack 8pm Saturday 13th September Tickets: $12 Elton John Tribute Show Own the moment Buy pictures from this newspaper www.newsphotos.com.au
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