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Liszt Concert in the Hungarian Cultural Garden

Liszt Concert in the Hungarian Cultural Garden
Cleveland Hungarian Cultural Garden
June 23, 2019

The Hungarian Cultural Garden is one of about 30 ethnic gardens in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Each year the Hungarian Cultural Garden puts on a free performance featuring the music of Franz Liszt for the community.

Hungarian Cultural Garden president Carolyn Balogh began the program with a welcome.

Hungarian Cultural Garden president Carolyn Balogh

Hungarian Cultural Garden president Carolyn Balogh


Carolyn introduced Andrea Meszaros who led the singing of the US national anthem and the Hungarian Himnusz.

National anthem - Carolyn Balogh and Andrea Meszaros

Carolyn Balogh and Andrea Meszaros

Andrea Meszaros

Andrea Meszaros


Zsuzsanna Gyori   and mother Margaret Gyori with Andrea Meszaros

Zsuzsanna Gyori and mother Margaret Gyori with Andrea Meszaros

Carolyn then introduced the Consul General of Hungary in Chicago, Mrs. Zita Bencsik.

Consul General of Hungary in Chicago, Mrs. Zita Bencsik

Consul General of Hungary in Chicago, Mrs. Zita Bencsik


Consul General of Hungary in Chicago, Mrs. Zita Bencsik


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Carolyn Balogh then introduced Vera Holczer-Waroquet, founder and director of the Aurora School of Music.

Vera Holczer-Waroquet

Vera Holczer-Waroquet


Vera introduced the first performer, Brian Harper Jr. who just turned 15. Brian played Allegro Barbaro by Bela Bartok on the piano.

Brian Harper Jr.

Brian Harper Jr.


Brian Harper Jr.



Next, Vera introduced Jose Ramon Garcia Perez who performed selected movements from Sonata by Bartok on the piano.

Jose Ramon Garcia Perez

Jose Ramon Garcia Perez


Jose Ramon Garcia Perez



Next, Vera introduced Carina Vincenti who performed Zigeuneweizer by Sarasate on the violin.

Carina Vincenti

Vera Holczer introducing Carina Vincenti




Carina then played Romanian Dances by Bartok.

Carina Vincenti

Carina Vincenti

Vera Holczer and Carina Vincenti

Vera Holczer and Carina Vincenti




Making the sound work - Zoltan Mestrits and Steve Eva

Making the sound work - Zoltan Mestrits and Steve Eva


Next, Vera introduced Francisco Fierro who performed Funerailles by Franz Liszt on the piano.

Francisco Fierro

Francisco Fierro


Francisco Fierro



Vera Holczer-Waroquet then performed The Bells of Geneva by Franz Liszt on the piano.

Vera Holczer-Waroquet

Vera Holczer-Waroquet




The final performance was by soprano Raquel Roman Rodriguez who performed two Hungarian Folk Songs by Bartok and Esti Dal by Kodaly.

Raquel Roman Rodriguez

Raquel Roman Rodriguez

Raquel Roman Rodriguez



Vera Holczer and Raquel Roman Rodriguez

Vera Holczer and Raquel Roman Rodriguez


Then Vera called up the other performers for a curtain call: Brian Harper Jr., Jose Ramon Garcia Perez, Carina Vincenti, Francisco Fierro and Raquel Roman Rodriguez.



Curtain Call

Francisco Fierro, Jose Ramon Garcia Perez,Carina Vincenti,
Raquel Roman Rodriguez, Vera Holczer and Brian Harper Jr.


A special announcement was made at the end of the program. Endre Szentkiralyi, president of the United Hungarian Societies, announced that starting in 2020 the Hungarian government will pay for 4 years of a Hungarian professor to teach at Cleveland State University.

Endre Szentkiralyi, president of the United Hungarian Societies

Endre Szentkiralyi making announcement




Consul General Zita Bencsik, CSU Dean and Endre Szentkiralyi

Consul General Zita Bencsik, CSU Dean and Endre Szentkiralyi



This was another outstanding performance by Vera Holczer and the Aurora School of Music students and teachers. Congratulations to the Hungarian Cultural Garden for bringing this event to the community for free.

Hungarian Community leaders

Hungarian Community leaders - Carolyn and Jim Balogh, Marika and John Megyimori, Ernie Mihaly and Elizabeth Papp Taylor



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