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Concert at Moravian to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

Bethlehem, Pa., October 27, 2006—Moravian College will host guest artists from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, for a special benefit concert on Friday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. The concert, titled “Music from Hungary: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution,” will showcase masterpieces by Liszt, Kodaly, Bartok, and Erkel as well as Hungarian folk music. The event is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Attila Edward Csongradi.

Guest artist and folk singer, Mária Maczkó, was born in Tura Hungary. She is a graduate of the Franz Liszt Conservatory of Debrecen, and has received numerous folk song competition awards, such as Young Master and Hungarian Heritage awards; has appeared as the soloist of the State Folk Art Ensemble for ten years; and her recordings are played on Hungarian Radio and abroad. She has performed a series of concerts in Paris by invitation of Paris Radio.

Soprano, Ildikó Szakacs, was born in Esztergom, Hungary, and began singing with Hungarian Radio Children’s Choir at 8 years old.  She graduated from the St. István High School of Music, and plays the flute, guitar and piano. Currently, she is a student of the Liszt Academy. She performs as a soloist, and also is a member of various companies, such as the Belcanto Opera Company, the Budapest Baroque Ensemble, and the Budapest Chamber Opera.

Ádám Banda, violinist, started to study the violin at 7 years of age.  At age 14 he was accepted to the Faculty of the Extraordinary Talented Children of the Liszt Academy.  Presently he is a second year student, and has already received outstanding awards in international competitions and performed in Austria, Germany, Poland, Italy, Netherlands and Dubai.

Tenor singer, László Honinger, was born in Budapest.  He earned degrees from the Béla Bartók School of Music and the Loránd Eötvös University College of Science in Music and Solmization Teaching.  He graduated from the Liszt Academy and has performed in Poland, Czech Republic, Netherlands and Italy.  Honinger won the prestigious award of the Best Kodaly Song Performance in the Zoltán Kodály Competition of Singing in Budapest.

Pianist, Árpád Kákonyi, was born in Kalocsa, and attended the Béla Bártök School of Music.  He has won the National Piano Competition and twice won the National Young Composer’s Competition. Currently he studies composition at the Liszt Academy, working in Switzerland during the summer as arranger, accompanist, and resident composer.      

The anniversary concert is to commemorate that during October and November of 1956 the Hungarian Revolution grew as groups of students and other citizens rallied in an attempt to wrest the government from Communist control and Soviet dictatorship.  In response, the Soviet Union launched a crushing offensive that left tens of thousands of Hungarians dead in Budapest, and reinforced communist rule until the end of the Cold War.  Thousands more Hungarians died, or were sent to prison, and more than 200,000 people fled Hungary to seek political asylum, including Valerie and Ed Csongradis.

General admission for the concert is $25; Students $10 with ID. Proceeds will benefit the Franz Liszt Academy of Music.  Foy Concert Hall is located at the Hurd Center for Music and Art, located at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.