CULTURE

Music, poetry for Hungarian president’s visit

Hungarian President Ferenc Madl and his wife Dalma, who visited Greece this week, gave a splendid reception on September 24 at the Hilton Hotel in return for the hospitality of Greek President Costis Stephanopoulos. It included an outstanding concert by the brilliant AVER Quartet with works by Beethoven, Bartok and Liszt. The distinguished audience included President Stephanopoulos, Parliament Speaker Apostolos Kaklamanis, the ambassadors of Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Lebanon and Palestine and many Greek diplomats, industrialists and artists, including Matti and Nicholas Egon, who concluded the evening by exchanging recitations of Hungarian poetry with President Madl and his wife. As Egon is a valuable source of information as far as foreign diplomats are concerned, we reveal that his mother was a Hungarian countess and his father a Czech. Married to Matti, who is from the Greek island of Chios, he has become a model Greek who paints beautiful landscapes of the Greek countryside, ancient temples and marking the seasons with flowers.