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A unique concert featuring compositions by Ligeti that attest to the lasting influence of the Bauhaus movement across art forms.

1956 shattered a generation of Hungarians, including some of the greatest artists of the 20th century. This generation saw some great minds leave for the West and for freedom, never again to live in Hungary (although most chose to visit decades later) and some who never left or returned soon after. The parallel courses of Gyorgy Ligeti and Gyurgy Kurtag illustrate this tragic split:the former lived in Vienna after emigrating in the wake of the revolution, the latter returned after a stint in Paris in 1957-58.

This event series, sponsored by the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight 60th Anniversary Memorial Board and Balassi Institute - Hungarian Cultural Center New York, investigates the story of the sons - the second "split" generation of 1956. Lukas Ligeti grew up an Austrian, but retains a keen interest in the artistic inspirations of Hungary. His homage to Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, with its world premier on August 14, 2016 is based on a text by Lajos Kassák, a great dissenter and avantgarde mentor to scores of modernists in Europe. Gyorgy Kurtag jr, born in Hungary became exposed to the experimentation by free-thinking electronic artists in the country early on, who were working in semi-reclusion at the electronic music research lab of the Hungarian State Radio. During his career in France, he remained inspired by early experiences and presents a program composed of Hungarian experimental electronic compositions ranging from Ligeti to Pongracz in the Rotunda of the Guggenheim Museum as part of Optical Sound.


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