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Although Hungarian composer Bela Bartok is remembered mainly for his classical works, he spent much of his free time making and studying the earliest field recordings of ethnic Hungarian folk music. Entranced by the rhythmic complexity of these native sounds, he incorporated their unique textures into his compositional style. On Muzsikas’ The Bartok Album, the Hungarian folk ensemble performs jubilant songs and dances originally collected by the composer. Led by vocalist Marta Sebestyen, also known for her spine-tingling singing on The English Patient soundtrack, the versatile group moves from melancholy violin duets to whirling csardas dances featuring strings and tambura with all the ease of their Eastern European ancestors. Toe-tapping is guaranteed when Muzsikas does Bartok proud in its performance of a brilliant array of melodies at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $19.50. (703) 549-7500. (Amy Domingues)