Cancelled: Palinka!

Stiletto Sisters

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Stiletto Sisters


Concert Cancellation Notification

We regret to advise Stiletto Sister’s Palinka! has been cancelled.

Melbourne Recital Centre cares deeply about the health and safety of its audiences, artists and staff. We acknowledge that the suspension of normal operations in response to COVID-19 is a difficult but essential action for the health of the Victorian public. We are committed to supporting our staff during this time and difficult circumstances. We thank our community for its support during this challenging time.

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Event details

The Stiletto Sisters have been wooing audiences for over a decade with their seductive blend of Hungarian gypsy, tango and love songs from around the world.

Led with breathtaking virtuosity by Hungarian trained violinist Hope Csutoros, the trio features the dynamic piano accordion playing of Judy Gunson and the wonderful talents of Jo To on double bass. Stiletto Sisters perform with extraordinary emotional range from extreme delicacy to blazing intensity and more than a touch of humour.

Have you ever wanted to say ‘Cheers!’ in Hungarian? Or perhaps you’ve been wondering how to bake that spicy honey cake to help you meet Mr Right? Come with the Stiletto Sisters to the shores of Lake Balaton where the best wines are made. Feast on fish soup with paprika, silver walnuts and golden apples, cherries, elderberries and mushrooms gathered from under the pine trees of the Bakony mountains. Enter a strange world full of mythical creatures including a wicked, magical chicken ‘csodacsirke’, a miraculous white stag and, of course, a mosquito bigger than a horse …

Music by Johannes Brahms, Jeno Hubay, Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály and Grigoraș Dinicu as well as traditional Hungarian songs, potions, spells and secret recipes. ‘Egészségedre’!


Stiletto Sisters
Hope Csutoros violin
Jo To double bass
Judy Gunson piano accordion


Johannes Brahms
Hungarian Dance No.5

Jenö Hubay
Scenes de la Csárda – No.5 Op.33 ‘Hullámzo Balaton’

Jo To
The Fox and the Bear

Béla Bartók
Istenem, Istenem (My Lord, My Lord) from Nyolc magyar népdal, No.2

Zoltan Kodaly
Zöld Erdöben (In the Green Forest)

Béla Bartók
Romanian Folk Dances

Zoltan Kodaly
Jo gaszdassony

‘Meg Fogtam Egy Szunyogot…’ (Mosquite Song)

Grigoras Dinicu
Hora Staccato

‘Debrecenbe kene meni…’


This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2020

Now in its ninth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.