2019 Spring Lecture Series

Apr. 13th         Being Hungarian in Cleveland, presented by Endre Szentkirály, PhD, author and researcher

Chronicling the history of Cleveland Hungarians, Dr. Szentkirályi looks at the community historically and sociologically via in-depth research into its language and literature, culture, and traditions, with a focus on the years from 1950 to the present. He documents contemporary Cleveland Hungarians’ culture, values, language use, and traditions and analyzes which elements serve to perpetuate their community and slow assimilation. The lecture will encapsulate what it means to be Hungarian in Cleveland.  Today, its extensive roots – significantly shaped by succeeding generations – run deep, and this research attests to the fact that it is still thriving. The lecture will address recent developments in the community and offer a hopeful outlook for its changing and enduring future.

May 11th        George Szell:  One of the greatest orchestra builders of the 20th century, presented by Marcia Hansen Kraus, author, and musician 

Marcia Hansen Kraus has recently published a book about George Szell, the Cleveland Orchestra’s towering presence for over a quarter of a century.   Ms Kraus, herself a musician and married to an oboist who worked under George Szell, narrates wonderful stories and personal anecdotes related to this great conductor.  She illuminates Mr. Szell’s stature as a conductor and artist in her book.  Mr. Szell is credited with transforming the Cleveland Orchestra from an essentially regional institution into one that was equal to any orchestra in the world.  He accomplished this with charisma, driving ambition, and high standards of excellence. In the words of one reviewer, Ms Kraus’s book is “filled with vivid backstage stories, George Szell’s Reign reveals the human side of a great orchestra – and how one visionary built a premier classical music institution.”

Our Lectures are in English and are held at the Hungarian Heritage Museum, in The Galleria, Lower Level, Downtown Cleveland,

with coffee and refreshments following each presentation.

On these days the Museum is open from 1-4 pm; $5 parking is available in the Galleria underground garage.

Suggested donation: $10 for adults and $5 for students.

A viszontlátásra!!!! See you soon!!

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