July 6, 2009
BELA KIRALY, 97 A Hungarian revolution leader Bela Kiraly, one of the military leaders of Hungary's short-lived anti-Soviet revolution in 1956, has died, the Hungarian government said. The daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet reported that Mr. Kiraly died Saturday morning in Budapest. In 1952, he was sentenced to death on trumped-up conspiracy charges by Hungary's Stalinist regime. The October 1956 revolution, aimed at overthrowing the communist regime, lasted less than two weeks before it was crushed.
May 12, 2008
JOSEPH S. MIKO, 87 Filmed footage of Hungarian Revolution Joseph S. Miko, a former cameraman whose extensive footage of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution was smuggled out of Budapest and is considered a significant piece of the documentary record of the historic uprising against Soviet oppression, has died. He was 87. Mr. Miko died of blood cancer April 28 at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center, said his son, Joe. A retired owner of camera and electronic stores in the L.A. area, Mr. Miko was forced to flee Hungary with his family after capturing the short-lived revolution on film.
January 29, 2007
Denes Agay, a noted composer and arranger, and author of the anthology Best Loved Songs of the American People, died of multiple organ failure Wednesday at his daughter's home in Los Altos, Calif., where he had lived since 2004. The former resident of the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville was 95. Dr. Agay was born and raised in a small village near Budapest, Hungary, and earned a doctorate in piano composition and performance from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest in 1934.
January 4, 2007
Sweet sounds The lowdown -- Truly new things don't come around in the music business all that often, so when Quartetto Gelato hit the classical/crossover scene about a decade ago, attention was paid. This foursome, which started in Canada and enjoys an international fan base, handles eight diverse instruments; the violin and mandolin player also happens to be a tenor, so there's a vocal element in the programming, too. The group typically explores a diverting repertoire, which it will do in a program with an "Orient Express" theme presented by Candlelight Concerts in Columbia, including musical stops in London (a Flanders and Swann song)
March 1, 2004
BOSTON - Mervo graduate James Carter is headed to the World Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend in Budapest, Hungary. Carter, 25, clinched his ticket to Hungary with a second-place performance in the men's 400-meter final at the USA Indoor Championships yesterday at the Reggie Lewis Center. He won his race, clocking 46.80 seconds in his section of the two-division event but wound up second overall when Milton Campbell of Atlanta took the second section in 46.43. "I did what I had to; I got out fast, was ahead by the first pole [reaching 200 meters in 22.19]
January 24, 2002
Perhaps it's the echoes of all those gypsy violins wafting in the air. Whatever the reason, there can be no denying that Eastern Europe has provided remarkably fertile ground for the growth of some of the world's finest string quartets. And the Takacs Quartet, formed a quarter-century ago in Hungary at Budapest's Franz Liszt Academy where its founding members studied, has become one of the most renowned. The quartet, which will perform the music of Beethoven and Schubert on the Smith Theatre stage at 8 p.m. Saturday under the aegis of Columbia's Candlelight Concert Society, is based in Boulder, Colo.