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Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra

1956 Revolution Memorial Concert

Repertoire

Beethoven
Egmont Overture
Liszt
Piano Concerto No. 1
Bartók
Concerto for Orchestra

Performers

Gergely Bogányi
piano
Tibor Bogányi
conductor

23 October is a national holiday in Hungary. It commemorates the Revolution of 1956, a spontaneous nationwide revolt against the government of the Hungarian Communist Party and its Soviet-imposed policies. Though leaderless when it first began, it was the first major threat to Soviet control since the USSR’s forces drove out the Nazis at the end of World War II and invaded Central and Eastern Europe.

Despite the failure of the uprising, it was highly influential and indicated the downfall of the Soviet Union. This significant date also commemorates the ‘Day of the Republic’ as, in 1989, after the fall of communism, Hungary was declared a republic on 23 October.

Tonight’s concert, featuring some outstanding artists from Hungary, is a remembrance of this Revolution and those who tragically lost their lives 60 years ago on this very day.

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