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MUSIC OF HUNGARY

A concert in support of Montreal's youth and non-profit communities

Presented by Kin Experience as part of the Kin Musical Adventure Series: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5TH 7:30 PM, St. James United Church


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Join us for an unforgettable evening! 

The Kin Experience event space presents Music of Hungary, the inaugural concert of the Kin Musical Adventure Series! Join us for an evening of outstanding musical talent, showcasing artists who have performed for such notable guests as Barack Obama and Elizabeth Taylor. Proceeds from this soiree will benefit Montreal's youth and non-profit communities.

Artistic director Sebastian Haboczki (Atelier de l'Opéra de Montréal) brings a retrospective of early 20th-century Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály, the great Ferenc Liszt and others to a contemporary audience for a concert that promises to delight Hungarians and non-Hungarians alike. 

Your ticket supports:

  • Equal access to arts and cultural events: The Kin Musical Adventure Series will be generously donating 250 FREE tickets to those who might otherwise be unable to attend Music of Hungary. These will be distributed by and under the discretion of our non-profit partners. 
  • Montreal's non-profit communities: The event guarantees a minimum $1000 donation to each non-profit partner. In addition, profits from the event will be shared among the partners. 
  • Artists: Music of Hungary supports talented artists coming together in a magical blend of voices and instruments.
  • Youth: The Kin Musical Adventure Series is dedicated to helping Montreal's youth by partnering with local non-profits that work tirelessly to support our city's young people. 
  • You! Gift yourself a magical evening! 

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Enjoy food, drinks, live music and dancing at the Kin Experience event space (397A Saint-Catherine Street West). Located in a captivating, historic building in the heart of downtown Montreal, Kin features high ceilings, brick walls and floor-to-ceiling windows. Certain ticket packages include dining and entertainment experiences before and after the show. Discover our different ticket options and create a magical evening for you and yours!

Support Montreal's youth and non-profit communities while experiencing an evening of exquisite performances! Receipts will be issued for donations over $20. If you are unable to attend the event, but would like to make a donation, you can do so here.  

Meet Artistic Director Sebastian Haboczki:

Discover the Performers:  

 Sebastian Haboczki and Melissa McCann!

Melissa McCann

Sebastian Haboczki

Sebastian Haboczki is a tenor with a “lyric and sweetly emotive” voice (Dawn Martens from Opera Canada) who has been acclaimed for his “power and his voluptuous timbres” (Jeanne Hourez for Sors-tu?). This “promising tenor” (Christophe Huss for Le Devoir) has delighted audiences in Canada, Europe, and the USA. He also had the great privilege of performing at Amsterdam’s Het Concertgebouw with Opera Studio Netherlands in the summer of 2012. His latest engagements with the Atelier Lyrique and Opéra de Montréal include Dormont in Rossini’s La scala di seta, Scott Fitzgerald in Gordon's 27, and Ring Announcer in the Canadian debut of Blanchard's Champion

A seasoned performer, Sebastian also obtained his doctorate under the tutelage of famed Canadian baritone Kevin McMillan. Sebastian’s dissertation, an exploration of Hungarian culture and music, has served as inspiration for many concerts. 

"Shantelle Przybylo’s lush and soaring Mimì was the perfect foil for Sebastian Haboczki’s lyric and sweetly emotive Rodolfo. Przybylo and Haboczki were a powerful dramatic duo who left the audience in tears." - Dawn Martens for "Opera Canada"

Melissa McCann

New York based soprano Melissa McCann recently made her role debut as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Highlands Opera Festival. After completing a post-graduate artist diploma at San Fransisco Conservatory with world famous soprano, Deborah Voigt, Melissa earned her doctorate under the guidance of Canadian baritone Kevin McMillan in 2018. When she appeared as Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice, she was praised by the New University for her “great sense of line and legato” with “her [arias] sublimely acted, articulate and moving”. Her tone has also been described as “achingly gorgeous” by the Orange County Register. She was recently seen as Xanthe in Strauss’s Die liebe der Danae and as Fosca in Scandals with Pittsburgh Festival Opera. Past appearances include Princess in The Glove with Highlands Opera Studio and Polissena in Radamisto with Accademia Europa dell’Opera. In 2014, Melissa sang the American national anthem for President Barack Obama at the University of California, Irvine's 50th anniversary celebration. 

"Newly-minted voice Melissa McCann hit an octave I didn't know existed while singing the national anthem." - Orange County Weekly

 Paul Digout and Istvan Lakatos!

Paul Digout
Istvan Lakatos

Paul Digout 

Vocal coach Paul Digout holds a Master of Music degree in collaborative piano and a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University, where he studied with Dr. John Hess. Paul also holds an associate diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He has been invited to participate in prestigious international young artist programs including La Musica Lirica (Novafeltria, Italy), Opera NUOVA (Edmonton, Alberta), and the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy (London, Ontario). In these programs, Mr. Digout has been privileged to work with notable pedagogues including Michael McMahon and Martin Katz. In demand as a collaborative pianist and repetateur, Paul has worked across Canada and internationally with the Yorkshire Opera Workshop (Yorkshire, U.K.), Halifax Summer Opera Festival (Halifax, NS), Cowtown Opera Summer Academy (Calgary, AB), The Victoria Playhouse (Petrolia, Ontario) and Music Theatre on the Thames (London, Ontario). Currently, Mr. Digout maintains a full schedule as a freelance collaborative pianist at Western University in London, Ontario. 

Istvan Lakatos 

Istvan Lakatos is a Hungarian Roma violinist born in Budapest. He is a member of a world famous musical dynasty that goes back 150 years. He was taught by his father, also a noted violinist, from the age of 3. He is a graduate of the internationally renowned Franz Liszt Music Academy of Budapest, Hungary. By the age of 16, he had already toured all over Europe with his own orchestra. In 1987, he was invited by Elizabeth Taylor and her guests, Brooke Shields and George Hamilton, to play at a private concert in the south of Spain. He has played all over the world in famous concert halls, jazz clubs (with Les Paul), and with singers at the Metropolitan Opera. Currently, he is a violinist with the World Symphony Orchestra in Montreal and recently joined I Musici. When he's not enchanting audiences with his music, you can find Istvan cooking! He opened a Hungarian restaurant, The Budapest Roma, in Montreal. 

We will also have a mystery star performer! Stay tuned! 

 Saturday, October 5th at 7:30 PM 

 Discover Kodály

  • Kodály travelled across Hungary collecting folk songs. He called these travels "collecting tours." 
  • Kodály was passionate about the musical education of young people. He developed a pedagogy, called the Kodály Method, to teach music to youth. Today, the Kodály Method is used around the world. 
  • He popularized using solfege, a system to name pitches by giving a syllable to each note of the musical scale (do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do), in musical education. 
  • The folk songs Kodály collected fell into many different cetegories. There were drinking songs. There were songs for marriage and worship. There were songs to express a full range of human emotions, from jealousy, to love, to revelry. 
  • Kodály collected thousands of folk songs within his lifetime. 

About Hungarian Music: 

From Artistic Director Sebastian Haboczki's dissertation, "Selected folksong arrangements of Zoltán Kodály": "It is a difficult task to define Hungarian song because it has long incorporated elements of other European styles. Rather than combat this notion, Kodály accepted the fact that Hungarian musical life was flooded with foreign musical influences, specifically from Germany and Italy. Further, he asserted that since Hungary is part of Europe, it must live among various European traditions. It is a careful balance between ancient traditions and the surrounding modern culture which defined and continues to define, the evolution of Hungarian music. So, what exactly constitutes Hungarian music? Kodály describes Hungarian music generally as being more active than other kinds of music."

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