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Welcome

The Society offers:

  • Journal of the American Liszt Society (JALS), published annually
  • The American Liszt Society Newsletter, published biannually
  • Annual ALS Festivals
  • ALS Archives at the Library of Congress
  • Local Chapters in various geographical areas
  • Publication opportunities in JALS
  • Performance opportunities in festivals and in chapter activities
  • Paper presentation opportunities at festivals
  • Host "house concerts"
  • Networking and mutual support among performers, scholars, and music lovers dedicated to the ideas and ideals of Franz Liszt


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New York/New Jersey Chapter Co-sponsors Piano Recital on May 18

The New York/New Jersey Chapter of The American Liszt Society co-sponsored a piano recital by pianist Emanuel Rimoldi on Thursday, May 18, at the Yamaha Piano Salon. Other co-sponsors included Yamaha Artist Services and the Keyboard Charitable Trust.

The concert tok place at the Yamaha Piano Salon in NYC, and included Mozart's Sonata in A Minor, K. 310; the Verdi-Liszt: "Danza Sacra e Duetto Finale" from Aida; Chopin's Polonaise-Fantasy, Op. 61; and Rachmaninov's Ten Preludes, Op. 23.

For more information about the artist, please visit Emanuel Rimoldi's website.


2017 Festival Concludes on April 30

The 2017 ALS Festival at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, has now concluded. See the Festival website for a schedule of activities that took place: 2017 ALS Festival.



"Legacy" is Theme of 2017 Franz Liszt Festival &
International Piano Competition

Event takes place October 12 - 15, 2017

"Legacy" has been chosen as the theme of the 2017 Franz Liszt Festival & International Piano Competition. Formerly known as the Liszt-Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition (and earlier the William Garrison Festival and Piano Competition), and founded by Dr. Nancy Roldán, the event has been moved from the Baltimore/Washington Chapter environs to the campus of The Ohio State University. A detailed history of the event and a comprehensive website may be found at 2017 Liszt at Ohio State. Dr. Caroline Hong, ALS Ohio State Chapter President, will serve as Director and Competition Chair of the event. The postal address is Dr. Caroline Hong, ALS Ohio President, Weigel 110, 1866 College Road, Columbus, OH 43210, and the e-mail address is alsohio2017@gmail.com.

Newest ALS Chapter Founded in Southern California



Eugene Alcalay is President of the newest ALS chapter, which is located in southern California. Dmitry Rachmanov serves as Treasurer. The Chapter had its Inaugural Concert at the Azusa Pacific University School of Music, with both Drs. Alcalay and Rachmanov as soloists in September 2016. This was followed in November by a recital presented by ALS member and South Florida Chapter President José López, who served on the jury at the 2016 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, also held at Azusa. The Chapter, in partnership with the LA Liszt Competition and APU, also hosted two more events for Liszt Competition winners in March 2017: a Winners Recital and a Winners Master Class (presented by Alcalay), both at the School of Music.

Congratulations and best wishes to our newest Chapter!



2018 ALS Festival Scheduled



The 2018 Festival of the American Liszt Society will take place October 10 - 13 at Furman University of Greenville, SC. The schedule, theme, etc., are to be determined, so please check back at this website for updates and a web address for the festival!



Fernando Laires Memorial Celebration Presented at Eastman



A program celebrating the life of Fernando Laires, one of the founders of the American Liszt Society, took place on Sunday, March 26, 2017. Among the participants were ALS board members Alan Walker, Joseph Banowetz, and Helen Smith Tarchalski.



Oregon Chapter Hosts Its Liszt Birthday Week October 17, 2016.

The Oregon Chapter of the American Liszt Society, Alexandre Dossin, President, presented a series of concerts and other events to commemorate the birthday of Franz Liszt. On Monday, October 17, musicologist Dr. Marian Smith presented a lecture on "Dance Elements in Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies," and there was a showing of Ophra Yerushalmi's film Liszt's Dance With The Devil later that evening. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, student pianists performed concerts. On Friday evening, October 21, Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov of the Cal State University Northridge music faculty (and host of the most recent ALS conference) presented a lecture on "Liszt in Russia." A master class with Dr. Alexander Tutunov took place on Saturday, October 22, Liszt's actual birthday, and Dr. Alexandre Dossin presented a concert at 7:30 p.m. that evening, featuring Liszt's Sonata and Dante Sonata. For more information, please go to Oregon Liszt Celebration. You will also want to view and listen to Dr. Alexandre Dossin's performance of the Gounod-Liszt "Waltz" from the Opera Faust.



Ophra Yerushalmi Completes Third Film.

Ophra Yerushalmi describes herself as "a pianist-turned-filmmaker." Her Prélude to Debussy follows the elusive composer by focusing on that which most mattered to him: a unique relationship with French poets Verlaine, Mallarmé, and Pierre Louüs, and a love of nature, as described in La mer, "Clair de lune," and Prélude to the Afternoon of a Faun.

"In a similar way to my previous films, Chopin's Afterlife and Liszt's Dance with the Devil, colleagues with special affinity to the composer have joined me: pianists Philippe Bianconi, Frederic Chiu, and Taka Kigawa; singers Maya Lahyani and Faustine de Mones; and authors Dana Gooley and Kenneth Hamilton. Lending a particular poetic touch is actor Julian Sands in conversation and recitations. Glimpses from a master class with Richard Goode give an idea as to what it takes to play Debussy on the piano. Included as well is a rare Jerome Robbins dance, 'Antique Epigraphs,' performed this past year by the New York Theatre Ballet.

"Weaving together the participants' responses and perspectives, Prélude to Debussy anticipates the 2018 centennial of the composer's death and invites the viewer to re-enter the magical world of the sounds of Claude Debussy. The term 'Prélude' is a linking thread in the film. Préludes are about brevity and abstraction, about time itself. Debussy's "voyage" from the lyricism of Prélude to the Afternoon of a Faun (1894) to his Twenty-Four Préludes (I 1910, II 1913) is the journey."

The premiere screening of Prélude to Debussy took place in Paris on January 20, 2017. M. Jean-Yves Tadié, author of Le Songe Musical: Claude Debussy participated.

For a nice poster, see Prélude to Debussy.




Chicago/Midwest Chapter Hosts Annual
Liszt Birthday Concert on October 22, 2016.

The Chicago/Midwest chapter of the American Liszt Society presented its Sixth Annual Franz Liszt Birthday Gala Concert on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at 7:30 pm at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston, IL, and was dedicated to the memory of ALS Co-Founder, Fernando Laires. This year's theme was "Liszt Times Two - A Celebration of Liszt's Piano Music for Two Pianos - Four Hands." Performers included duo pianists Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem, Daniel Paul Horn and Alexander Djordjevic, Alex Yuill and Andrew Guo, Matthew Hagle and George Radosavljevic, Karin Redekopp and Mark Edwards, and James and Sevgi Giles.

A special greeting on the 60th anniversary of 1956 Hungarian Revolution was presented by Dr. Ádám Márkusfalvi-Tóth, Consul, Hungarian Consulate-General of Chicago, and excerpts from the poem "For Ferencz Liszt" by Mihály Vörösmarty, were read in Hungarian and in English by Etelka Tatar and Dr. Clara Orban.

For more information, please visit the Liszt Chicago Website, which includes a nice poster.



Los Angeles International Liszt
Competition November 18 - 20

The 18th biennial Los Angeles International Liszt Competition for piano, voice, and organ took place November 18 - 20 at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA. and Trinity United Methodist Church in Pomona, CA. For more information, please go to the Competition's new website at 2016 LA Liszt Competition Home Page.



Liszt Featured on Steinway Website

Our namesake, Franz Liszt, is featured on the Steinway website! To access the page, simply click here on Franz Liszt.



In Memoriam: Fernando Laires, 1925 - 2016

The American Liszt Society expresses its sincere sorrow at the loss of our mentor, friend, and exemplary Lisztian, Fernando Laires, who passed away September 9, 2016.

Fernando, a founder and long-time President of The American Liszt Society, was well known and dear to the hearts of all American Liszt Society members. Fernando's vision and tireless dedication toward promoting the music of Liszt qualifies him as a leading agent for increasing acceptance and understanding of Liszt in our profession and our generation. Fernando brought passion to his promotion of Liszt through the ALS and offered many thoughtful, fiery interpretations that led us to adore Liszt in the face of the public indifference that often greeted performances of his music. Laires was a true life-long missionary on behalf of Liszt. It is safe to say that The American Liszt Society would not exist but for his dedication and passionate work. He will be remembered by pianists throughout the world.

The Board of Directors of The American Liszt Society will at a later date designate an appropriate tribute from the Society to honor Fernando. The Society extends its deepest condolences to his wife, Nelita True, daughters Suzanne, Barbara, and Jennifer, and their families.



NY/NJ Chapter Co-Sponsors 25th Anniversary Concert
featuring Pianist Sofya Melikyan

The New York/New Jersey Chapter of The American Liszt Society began its celebration of its 25th season in 2016 - 2017! Together with Yamaha Artist Services, Inc., the chapter presented pianist Sofya Melikyan in recital on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Mundiclasico.com (Spain) has said that "Melikyan played Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 impressively. Her deeply moving performance, full of subtle nuance, was of an extraordinary beauty." Her New York program included Granados's Goyescas (complete) in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the composer's death. Following intermission, Melikyan performed Lowell Liebermann's Nocturne No. 5, op. 55, and four pieces by Liszt: Nuages gris, Bagatelle sans tonalité, Les jeux d'eaux á la Villa d'Este, and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10.



Dmitry Rachmanov Gives Recital September 10

Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov, Professor of Music and Host of the recent ALS Festival at California State University-Northridge, performed a recital on Saturday, September 10, at Cypress Recital Hall in Northridge. The program included works by Schubert, Schumann, Blumenfeld, Lyadov, Scriabin, and Rachmaninoff.



ALS Vice President Receives Promotion at
University of Oregon

Dr. Alexandre Dossin, Vice President of The American Liszt Society, was recently promoted to the rank of full professor at the University of Oregon. Dr. Dossin is also one of 14 UO faculty members selected as recipients of the university's prestigious Faculty Fund for Excellence in recognition of their research, teaching, and leadership.

Congratulations to our esteemed colleague!

2016 ALS Conference in Northridge, CA, June 2 - 5

The ALS Conference and Festival took place June 2 - 5, 2016, on the campus of California State University, Northridge, with host Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov. For more information, please see the ALS Festival website.



Liszt-Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition Announces Winners in 2015 Event

The Liszt-Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition recently concluded, and the Winners Liszt is now available. For a detailed summary, please go to Liszt-Garrison website, and also see a Liszt/Garrison revised flyer.




The current issue (Vol. 32 No. 2) of the Newsletter was mailed out February 8, 2017.

The deadline and mailing date of the next issue has not been set. Members are encouraged to send in their individual and chapter news by May 1, 2017 to ensure inclusion. Please check back at this site for updates!!