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ARTISTS AND MARTYRS

ARTISTS AND MARTYRS: Jewish Hungarian musicians in the Holocaust
Venue: Consulate General of Hungary | 227 East 52nd St, New York
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | doors 6.30pm, program starts at 7pm
FREE and open to the public | Click here to reserve seats and to read more

Program
From 6.30pm welcome drinks will be served
Screening – In Memoriam: Hungarian Musicians – Victims of the Holocaust
Welcome Address by Ambassador Ferenc Kumin, Consul General of Hungary in New York 
Max Eisikovits (1908–1983): Niggun
Schubert: Andantino from Sonata in A major, D. 959
Schubert: Molto moderato e cantabile from Sonata (“Fantasie”) in G major, Op. 78 (D. 894)Comments and presentation by László Stachó
Discussion and Q&A with musician László Stachó and Ambassador Ferenc Kumin



Every year, around the international Holocaust remembrance day, we commemorate the darkest chapter of Hungarian history, when the state turned itself on its own citizens, moving from exclusion to violence and finally to collaborating in genocide, in the span of a few short years, from 1938 to 1944/45. This year, we welcome pianist and musicologist László Stachó, who will guide the audience through a musical selection, the stories of artist martyrs, as well as the screening of a short video essay titled In Memoriam: Hungarian Musicians – Victims of the Holocaust. The short film is based on original research by Péter Bársony and created by Acheron Film, also about musicians who were martyred during the Holocaust.

About László Stachó

László Stachó is a Hungarian musicologist, psychologist and musician. Dr Stachó currently works as a senior lecturer at the Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest) and at the University of Szeged, and is Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Passionately interested in pedagogy, he has been involved in a countrywide planning of music education curricula during the past few years in Hungary. Recently, he has developed a pedagogical methodology (Practice Methodology) which enables performers to be emotionally deeply engaged with music and to powerfully navigate cognitively in the musical structure during the act of performance, opening the way to the performer’s authenticity, feeling of ‘ownership’ over the music, and spontaneity. His scholarly research focuses on Bartók, early twentieth-century performing practice (especially the performing style of the Hungarian Liszt school), emotional communication in music performance, and music pedagogy (effective and creative working and practice methods and enhancement of attentional skills in music performance). As a pianist, he regularly performs chamber music and conducts Practice Methodology workshops and chamber music coaching sessions at international masterclasses both in Hungary and abroad, including in Britain at the King’s College London and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and in Rome at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory.

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