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Concert at String Palace with Hungarian food

Friday, April 21, 8pm doors, 8:30 concert

5680 Casino Ave., San Pablo, CA

$15-$20 suggested donation

Feel free to bring potluck foods to share as well

* LAST EAST BAY VADALMA CONCERT before summer tours and travels! *


We hope to see our dear friends and the many friends we haven't met yet!


Come enjoy an evening of soul-nourishing music, good company, and edible treats. Big pot of Hungarian paprikás csirke (chicken paprika with nokedli dumplings) and some desserts.




Vadalma (“Wild Apple”) creates vibrant, intimate arrangements of old Hungarian village folk songs, featuring the rich singing traditions of Transylvania, Moldavia, Transdanubia, and other areas of the Carpathian Basin. With the fiery fiddling of Matthew Szemela, Misha Khalikulov’s soulful cello, and Zina Bozzay’s genuine singing, these striking melodies, unique rhythms, and colorful lyrics are framed with both traditional and original accompaniment.

Zina Bozzay - voice, ütőgardon

Matthew Szemela - violin

Misha Khalikulov - cello


Trained by master folk singers in Hungary, Zina Bozzay has performed at the Táncháztalálkozó, Hungarian Heritage House, and National Theatre in Budapest, and has been a soloist at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Bay Area Hungarian Heritage Festival, Golden Festival in New York, and Kárpátok 50th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles.


Praised by the New York Times for this "outrageous fiddling", Matthew Szemela has toured the US, Europe, and Asia extensively, and appeared with artists as diverse as Sting, Susan Sarandon, Beyoncé Knowles, and Olivia Newton John.


Cellist Misha Khalikulov, originally from Uzbekistan and raised in San Francisco, has toured 27 countries with his passionate, dynamic performances.

A taste of the music:

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