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Lakatos group glides from Gypsy rock to Brahms

Roby Lakatos and his ensemble performed at Sanders Theatre on Friday. Roby Lakatos and his ensemble performed at Sanders Theatre on Friday. (LAKATOS VZW)
By Jeffrey Gantz
Globe Correspondent / January 30, 2012
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CAMBRIDGE - With his laughing eyes and handlebar moustache and miniature Vandyke beard, Roby Lakatos looks like the subject of a Frans Hals portrait. Born into a family of Gypsy violinists in Hungary in 1965, he studied at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest, so of course he does classical. (Yehudi Menuhin was an admirer, and there’s a Lakatos composition called “A Minute for Menuhin.’’) But he does pop. He does jazz. He does klezmer. (On his “Klezmer Karma’’ album, he has a piece called “Klezmer Csárdás.’’) He does Russian. He does movie themes. He does opera. He’s performed with everyone from Joshua Bell and the Dresden Philharmonic to Herbie Hancock and Stéphane Grappelli.

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THE ROBY LAKATOS ENSEMBLE

At: Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, Friday