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
Carolyn introduced Andrea Meszaros who led the singing of the US national anthem and the Hungarian Himnusz.
Carolyn Balogh and 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
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Carolyn Balogh then introduced Vera Holczer-Waroquet, founder and director of the Aurora School of Music.
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.
Next, Vera introduced Jose Ramon Garcia Perez who performed selected movements from Sonata by Bartok on the piano.
Jose Ramon Garcia Perez
Next, Vera introduced Carina Vincenti who performed Zigeuneweizer by Sarasate on the violin.
Vera Holczer introducing Carina Vincenti
Carina then played Romanian Dances by Bartok.
Vera Holczer and Carina Vincenti
Making the sound work - Zoltan Mestrits and Steve Eva
Next, Vera introduced Francisco Fierro who performed Funerailles by Franz Liszt on the piano.
Vera Holczer-Waroquet then performed The Bells of Geneva by Franz Liszt on the piano.
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
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.
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 making announcement
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 - Carolyn and Jim Balogh, Marika and John Megyimori, Ernie Mihaly and Elizabeth Papp Taylor
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