Wednesday, August 17, 2016
We were treated to a wonderful symphony program last night at Lakeside celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution which brought so many Hungarians to the U.S. Lakeside's guest performer was Alex Udvary who played a wonderful selection of Hungarian pieces, or those based on Hungarian folk tunes, on the cimbalom. This instrument whose ancestry may be ancient China, is similar to the dulcimer, harpsicord and other hammered strings instruments.
On Monday afternoon Mr. Udvary gave a lecture and demonstration on a small cimbalom he had made himself. Even Lakesiders with many years in the music field were not familiar with this instrument or the make up of a "Hungarian orchestra" but when he mentioned the film music, many of us remembered hearing it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s30aQ95XKZc