On Wednesday, October 26, Hungarian cimbalom players Kálmán Balogh and Miklós Lukács performed for guests at a special cimbalom concert held at the Embassy of Hungary in commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight. Organized by The Embassy Series, the concert was followed by a buffet dinner.
In commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight, Cimbalomduó – comprised of Hungarian virtuosos Kálmán Balogh and Miklós Lukács – performed at the Embassy of Hungary in Washington, DC on Wednesday, October 27. The concert was organized by The Embassy Series, one of the Embassy's oldest partners, since 1991, and an organization dedicated to "uniting people through music diplomacy." Enthralling audiences since 2009, Cimbalomduó combines tradition and folk with modern jazz and has helped to significantly raise the international profile of the Hungarian-invented cimbalom instrument. Invented by Jószef Schunda in 1874, the cimbalom was meant to provide a national version of the piano but later fell out of favor. The Cimbalom Duo have done wonders to revive this colorful and traditional instrument.
Speaking at the event was the Founder and President of The Embassy Series Jerome Berry who highlighted the particular significance of classical music to Hungarian culture and spoke in memorial of the freedom fighters who lost their lives during the 1956 Revolution. Also in attendance was three-time Olympic Gold Medal Champion Coach of the Hungarian water polo team Dr. Dénes Kemény.
To learn more about the Embassy of Hungary’s schedule of events in commemoration of the 60th Anniversary 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight, please click HERE.