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The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and the Bard SummerScape Spiegeltent Present an Evening of Albanian Folk Music with Merita Halili and the Raif Hyseni Orchestra

Eleanor Davis
Singer Merita Halili
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY – As part of the Evening Cabaret Series, the Bard SummerScape Spiegeltent presents Merita Halili and the Raif Hyseni Orchestra on Friday, August 20, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at the door or from the Fisher Center box office at 845-758-7900. For tickets and more information about Bard SummerScape, go to

Merita Halili is one of Albania’s top performers, renowned for her stunning voice, prodigious range and exquisite vocal technique. Raif Hyseni, Merita’s husband and principal accompanist, hails from the Republic of Kosova (which recently proclaimed its independence from Serbia), and leads the most sought-after Albanian music ensemble in the United States. Together their performances thrill with masterful interpretations of instrumentals and urban folk songs from both Albania and the Republic of Kosova. Recent performance highlights include engagements at the Kennedy Center, Lied Center of Kansas, New York’s Lincoln Center, and London’s famed Barbican Centre.

“Merita Halili raised her radiant soprano in buoyant wedding songs, punctuated by speed-demon accordion from her husband and bandleader, Raif Hyseni.” – The New York Times

Following the performance, the Spiegeltent transitions at 10 p.m. from Evening Cabaret to SpiegelClub, offering a late-night bar and dance floor with a DJ spinning an “80s Night” variety of tunes on a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system. The $5 admission fee is waived for cabaret and SummerScape ticket holders. 21+ only.

About the Spiegeltent:

Back for its fifth SummerScape season, Bard’s glittering “Mirror Tent” hails from Europe, where such tents and the special entertainment they host have been a beloved tradition for the past century. The Spiegeltent is a marvel of engineering, comprising 3,000 detachable parts, with a spellbinding interior of carved wood surfaces, parquet floor, beveled mirrors, stained-glass windows, and splendid velvet canopies. On weekend afternoons and evenings all summer long, the theater-in-the-round—encircled by audience members seated at booths and tables—is the stage for a variety of performers, from cabaret acts and musicians to dancers and jugglers. Before and after performances, the Spiegeltent provides the ideal setting to enjoy light fare, meals, and drinks chosen from the best offerings of the Hudson Valley’s rich array of farms, orchards, dairies, wineries, and breweries.

For more information call 845-758-7900, or go to

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This event was last updated on 08-13-2010