Top 10 Category: Hungarian Chamber Music
This week we tip our hat to David Letterman and his iconic Top 10 List. While the Top 10 List has included just about everything, including Renée Fleming singing the Top 10 List “Opera Lyrics,” I’m not so sure Hungarian Chamber Music has ever been a featured category. Thus—with National Chamber Music Month in mind of course—the Top 10 Category of “Hungarian Chamber Music” is presented here to prep you for this weekend’s chamber music concert choices (please check the event listings below for dates, times, and venues). So without further ado:
Hungarian Chamber Music
 In written Hungarian, chamber music translates to “kamarazene.”
 While Franz Liszt was born in Austria and didn’t speak Hungarian, it is clear through his works and legacy that he identified himself and has been embraced as Hungarian. He founded the Franz List Academy of Music—a renowned concert hall and music conservatory in Budapest and home to the Liszt Collection. Liszt is also the namesake of the airport that serves the Hungarian capital city of Budapest: the Liszt Ferenc International Airport (BUD/LHBP).
 Pianist Aniko Szokody is a native of Hungary and holds a Piano Artist Degree and Teachers Diploma from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. Szokody has just returned from Hungary to perform in the Capitol Chamber Artists concert on Saturday.
 Celebrated Hungarian composers Zoltán Kodály and Béla Bartók are particularly notable for their efforts in the Hungarian countryside collecting folk melodies and then using their essence in their own works.
 Ancient Hungarian folk songs use pentatonic scales.
 On Sunday afternoon Trio 826 [Susanna Klein, violin, Julia Bullard, viola and Hannah Holman, violoncello] performs the season finale for the de Blasiis Chamber Music Series at the Hyde Collection. They will be performing Zoltán Kodály’s Intermezzo as part as their program.
 When asked about programming Zoltán Kodály’s Intermezzo, Trio 826 touts the work as being “tuneful and a little spicy, and Kodály’s time in the Hungarian countryside and folk influence permeates the harmonies and the melodies of the piece.”
How delicious sounding! So go forth and prepare those burgers, grills, and salads this Memorial Day weekend. Then whet your summer appetites with a some Hungarian chamber music … with just about any of the concerts on this weekend’s menu!
Friday, May 29th 2015 at 1:00 pm
Sunday, May 31st 2015 at 6:00 pm
Saturday, June 13th 2015 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 13th 2015 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, June 14th 2015 at 3:00 pm
Tuesday, July 14th 2015 at 10:00 am
Saturday, July 18th 2015 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, July 18th 2015 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 1st 2015 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 15th 2015 at 8:00 pm