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 concerts in the home
  • Networking and mutual support among performers, scholars, and music lovers dedicated to the ideas and ideals of Franz Liszt

In Memoriam: Maurice Hinson, 1930 - 2015

Maurice Hinson, noted teacher, author, editor, pianist, organist, administrator, recipient of the American Liszt Society Medal, and holder of the Liszt Commemorative Medal awarded by the Hungarian Government, died November 11, 2015. Maurice was the founding editor of the Journal of the American Liszt Society (JALS). An appropriate tribute to this great musician and fellow Lisztian will follow shortly in the next issue of the ALS Newsletter. For additional biographical information, please see Maurice Hinson obituary.

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.

San Francisco Chapter Announces 2015-2016 Activities

The San Francisco Bay Area chapter celebrated the centennial of Alexander Scriabin this past year. Four concerts of the music of Scriabin (including the complete sonatas) were presented at Old First Concerts in San Francisco (April, May and two in August). The event was organized mainly through the efforts of SF-ALS Vice-President Daniel Glover. Joining Dan in the performances were John Boyajy, Chris Haight, Tien Hsieh, Jeff LaDeur, Mack McCray, Dmitry Rachmanov, Brent Smith, Brent Waxdeck, William Wellborn, and Owen Zhou.

The Chapter recently hosted SF-ALS chapter member John Hord for a lecture-recital about the varied life and career of Franz Liszt.

Upcoming events for the spring include a presentation by William Wellborn on historic recordings of Liszt's students, and the annual Young Pianists Play Liszt concert at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (April 16, 2016). The chapter co-sponsors, along with Old First Concerts, a concert by Hungarian pianist Peter Toth at Old First Church on Sunday March 6, 2016.

Oregon Chapter Students Present "Transcendental Etudes Pacific Northwest Tour"

Student members of the Oregon Chapter of the American Liszt Society are in the midst of the Chapter's "Transcendental Etudes Pacific Northwest Tour." The tour started the week of October 12 and continued Thursday, October 22, with a celebration on Liszt's birthday via a live-streamed concert. In November, the performers will present concerts in Seattle, Portland and Salem (OR). For more information, please go to the websites Five-City Northwest Tour, Transcendental Etudes, and Live-Streamed Liszt Birthday Concert on October 22.

Chicago/Midwest Chapter Hosts Annual Liszt Birthday Party!

The Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the American Liszt Society presented its Fifth Annual Franz Liszt Birthday Gala Concert on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

The Chapter celebrated Franz Liszt's 204th birthday with a grand evening of music performed by some of the Midwest's finest pianists! This year's theme was "Years of Pilgrimage" and featured selections from Liszt's Années de pèlerinage. Performers included duo-pianists Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem, Alexander Djordjevic, young rising star Andrew Guo, Daniel Paul Horn, Brian Lee, George Radosavljevic, Nicholas Roth, and Aaron Stampfl.

For more information, please go to the Chapter's Facebook page at Chicago ALS Chapter

Newest ALS Chapter at The Ohio State University Celebrates Liszt's Birthday!

The newest chapter of the American Liszt Society presented two days of activities on Sunday - Monday, October 18 - 19, 2015, in commemoration of Liszt's 204th birthday. President of the Ohio Chapter, Caroline Hong, announced the Chapter's "Inaugural Event." Activities began with OSU faculty musicologist Professor Arved Ashby, who gave a pre-concert talk entitled "The Two Liszts" and led a panel discussion. This was followed by a concert featuring James Tocco, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, performing the complete Harmonies poétiques et religieuses.

At 6:30 p.m., there was a piano recital featuring Ohio ALS officers and artists including Robert Shannon and Haewon Song, Oberlin Conservatory; Eugene Alcalay, Azusa Pacific University (formerly University of Wisconsin-Platteville); Ryan Behan, The Ohio State University; Tyrone Boyle, Ballet-Met; Michael Boyd, University of Toledo; R. Kent Cook, Illinois Wesleyan University; Mark De Zwaan, Indiana University; Matthew Gianforte and Meeyoun Park, Murray State University; Joel Hastings, Florida State University; and Victor Yeh, Cleveland Institute of Music.

On Monday from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m, guest pianist Dr. Eugene Alcalay of Azusa Pacific University, presented a piano master class. All events took place in Weigel Auditorium on the OSU campus. For more information, please go to Franz Liszt Birthday Celebration at OSU.

NY/NJ Chapter Presents Luiz DeMoura Castro in Recital

The American Liszt Society NY/NJ Chapter (its 24th season) and Yamaha Artist Services presented pianist Luiz de Moura Castro in a recital on Thursday, October 8, 2015, at the Yamaha Piano Salon, 689 Fifth Avenue at 54th St., New York City. For more information, please go to NY/NJ Concert October 2015.

2015 American Liszt Society Festival/Conference

The annual American Liszt Society Festival/Conference was held in Denton, Texas, September 16 - 18, 2015. For more information, please see the University of North Texas website at 2015 American Liszt Society annual conference. You may also view the official progran book at 2015 Program Book.

ALS Board Elects Three New Officers!

The Board of Directors of the American Liszt Society haa elected Dr. Jay Hershberger, former Vice President and Interim President of the Society, as the new President, Dr. Alexandre Dossin as Vice President, and Dr. Daniel Horn as Treasurer. Congratulations to these three dedicated Lisztians!!

The current issue of the Newsletter (Vol 31. No. 1) was mailed July 30.

The deadline for the next issue (Vol. 31 No. 2) of the Newsletter is December 15, 2015.

Last updated Thursday, November 5, 2015.