B bábi, Tibor

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Béres, Alexandra (Budapest, May 7 1976 - ) – Fitness champion. Her higher studies were at the School of Physical Training, Budapest. Between 1982 and 1994 she participated in gymnastic competitions. From 1994 onward she was fitness competitor and champion in Hungary. In 1996 she became European and World Champion. In 1999 she was European Champion again. She coaches children and adults at the Alexandra Fitness Club. – B: 0874, 1031, T: 7103.

Béres, Ferenc (Francis) (Gagybátor, 3 December 1922 - Budapest, 6 July 1996) – Singer (Tenor). He completed his high school studies at the Reformed College of Sárospatak. In 1945 he moved to Budapest and lived in the Petőfi College. He studied Ethnography and History of Art at the University of Budapest. He founded the Artistic College of the People Ensembles (Népi Együttesek Művészeti Kollégiuma). In 1948 he became a soloist of the Army Ensemble (Honvéd Együttes), which later became the Artist Ensemble of the Hungarian People’s Army (A Magyar Néphadsereg Művészegyüttese). He was a private singer of the National Philharmonic Society (Országos Filharmónia). His interest was folk music and folk hymns. From 1946 he was an itinerant singer and his mission was to bring everywhere the best pieces of folk songs and folk hymns, with the purpose of letting Hungarians know the art and beauty of the national treasury of folk songs. He visited Hungarian communities on five continents. During his lifetime he performed more than ten thousand concerts in Hungary, the neighboring countries and Finland, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. In Britain, during a four-month-long tour, he gave 120 performances. He was also in Canada, the USA and Japan. In Transylvania (Erdély, now in Romania) he gave 65 charity concerts in 1991-1992. He was warmly received everywhere and was an instant success. His frequent accompanist was the organist Endre (Andrew) Kovács. He liked Reformed psalms and hymns not only as valued pieces of Hungarian cultural history, but also as his personal credo. During the time of the Communist atheism his service helped people to stand firm and appreciate their religious and cultural heritage. He made several recordings as well. He was well known at home and abroad. In 1968 he laid the foundation of the Art Gallery of Sárospatak by donating his collection of paintings and other works of art. His distinctions include the Franz Liszt Prize, the Outstanding Artist title, and the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary. His bust is in the garden of the Reformed College of Sárospatak and he received an honorary citizenship from the town of Sárospatak. – B: 0900, T: 7103.→Kovács, Endre.

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