A nice event took place in the Northern Hungarian village of Nagylóc where the three-times Oscar winner composer, Miklós Rózsa spent his childhood summers. The Hungarian Hollywood Council, a civil organization keeping the memories of the famous Hungarian born Hollywood icons organized a memorial evening dedicated to Miklós Rózsa on November 13, Sunday.
Mr. Gábor Péter, Mayor of the village greeted the audiance expressing his happiness that there is a growing attention towards Rózsa`s life achievements in Hungary. The world-known composer porudly kept his Hungarian identity until the end of his life. Ambassador Balázs Bokor, President of the Hungarian Hollywood Council delivered a power pointed lecture on the life of Rózsa. Later he moderated a one-hour conversation with his guests.
Adam Balazs is a Los Angeles and Budapest-based film composer. His distinctive musical voice is derived from his Eastern European background, his classical training, his expertise in contemporary electronics and his approach to film scoring that is not afraid of taking chances. To date, Balazs scored thirty films, and was responsible for the on- and off-channel musical image and network identity of Cinemax and HBO for seven year. Balazs grew up in the family of music composers and had a devotion to the music of Rózsa – as he said during the conversation.
Béla Bunyik (from Los Angeles), the founding director of the Los Angeles Hungarian Film Festival praised the Rózsa heritage as something which should be kept as an example for the young generations. The Bunyik Entertainment was established in 1982 as film production and distribution company of more than 900 foreign films across the United States and Canada. Bela Bunyik also serves as the North American representative for the Hungarian National Film Fund and the Hungarian Producers Association for world sales at the AFM and Cannes Film Festival markets for several Hungarian Independent companies.
László Tanka, Chairman of the World`s Hungarian Club (WHC) underlined that more then 200 local organizations were established in appr. 85 countries in the WHC structure. According to the Chairman this huge organization gives an excellent opportunity to the widest circles of Hungarian originated people all over the world to know more about such an outstanding composer, Miklós Rózsa. The WHC will do its utmost to help this activity.
Gábor Mathiasz, Vice President of the Hungaricum Association said that “hungaricums” carry a spiritual value, so we should think about declaring such important personalities — as Rózsa also was – real “hungaricums”. Mr Mathiasz is the “Hungaricum Ambassador” of the Hungarian Hollywood Council.
At the end of the event, the Mayor of Nagylóc and the President of the Hungarian Hollywood Council laid a wreath to the memorial plaque of Mikós Rózsa. The solemn event dedicated to Miklós Rózsa contributed very much to keeping the memory of the great Hungarian-American composer.