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Invasion of the Ferocious Fiddlers



Hungary's Okros Ensemble may not be as famous as fellow Hungarian folk revivalists Muzsikas, who play the first Chicago World Music Festival next week, but they're better, conveying a rawness and urgency the more polished sound of Muzsikas often lacks. Their rare appearance Sunday is made even harder to resist by the presence of 79-year-old fiddler Sandor "Neti" Fodor, considered the last great village violinist from the Kalotaszeg region of Transylvania, who mixes gorgeous melodic invention with a downright ferocious rhythmic dexterity. The group will also be joined by the young singer Agi Szaloki and cimbalom virtuoso Kalman Balogh--who returns to town next month with his own ensemble at the Chicago Cutural Center. The musicians will offer a workshop Sunday at 3, and a concert starts at 8; both are at Saint Stephen King of Hungary Church, 2015 W. Augusta. Tickets for the workshop are $10, $15 for the concert; it's $20 for both. For more information, call 773-271-1585. --Peter Margasak

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