Annual Concert and 85th Anniversary Hungarian Cultural Garden June 25, 2023
The Hungarian Cultural Garden is one of over 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 and others for the community. This was also the 85th anniversary of the Garden.
Hungarian Cultural Garden president Carolyn Balogh began the program with a welcome.
Hungarian Cultural Garden president Carolyn Balogh
She introduced Soprano Anna Lowrey who sang the US national anthem and the Hungarian Himnusz.
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Carolyn then gave a brief history of the 85 year old garden and told of their plans.
Next, Carolyn Balogh introduced Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel president Elizabeth Papp Taylor.
Elizabeth Papp Taylor
Elizabeth is Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel president and also radio host of the Hungarian Hour every Saturday 11:00am - 12:30pm on WCSB 89.3
Elizabeth then introduced Vera Holczer-Waroquet of the Aurora School Of Music which she established in 2003. Vera Holczer is a Hungarian pianist who came to the US after finishing her degree at the Budapest Bartok High School Conservatory.
Vera began the program and introduced soprano Anna Lowrey who sang the Zoltan Kodaly song Evening Song in Hungarian.
Vera then introduced young pianist Brian Harper who performed Legend No2 by Franz Liszt on the piano.
Next, pianist Allison Hillier performed Sonetto del Petrarca S161 No.5 by Franz Liszt on the piano.
Next, Vera herself performed The Bells of Geneva by Franz Liszt.
Next, 11 year old Michael Francheschini played The Grasshopper's Wedding and Sun, Rise, Sun by Bela Bartok on piano.
Next, David Mendieta on violin and Cibel Mendez on viola performed Seven Duets for violin and viola selections by Bela Bartok.
Cibel Mendez and David Mendieta
The last performance was Vera Holczer-Waroquet on piano and David Mendieta on violin on Romanian Folk Dances by Bela Bartok and then Zigeunerweisen Op 20 Pablo de Sarasate.
Vera Holczer and David Mendieta
This was another outstanding performance by Vera Holczer and the Aurora School of Music students and teachers.
Vera Holzer and students in front of Bartok, Liszt and Kodaly
Congratulations to the Hungarian Cultural Garden leaders and volunteers for bringing this event to the community for free.
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