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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

Ian Hobson Performs Complete Piano Works of
Debussy and Ravel

ALS Life Member Ian Hobson is surveying the complete solo piano music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel in a series of concerts entitled, Sound Impressions: The Piano Music of Debussy and Ravel, at SubCulture in New York City. The series concludes with concerts on April 4 and 18, 2018.

The April 4 program includes Ravel's À la manière de Borodine and À la manière de Chabrier; Debussy's Masques, D'un cahier d'esquisses, L'isle joyeuse, Danse ("Tarantelle styrienne"), Estampes. and Images, (Book 2); and Ravel's La valse.

The April 18 program includes Debussy's Pour le piano, Élégie, Pièce pour l'oeuvre du "vêtement du blesse"; Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin; and Debussy's Les soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon and Études.

The concerts take place at SubCulture, 45 Bleecker Street (Downstairs) in New York City. Tickets are available at the SubCulture Box Office. For further information please go to Ian Hobson Debussy/Ravel Series.

Alexandre Dossin to Perform in Chicago May 2

Alexandre Dossin, vice president of The American Liszt Society, will perform a recital in Chicago on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. The event is presented by the Chicago-Midwest Chapter of The American Liszt Society, and is hosted by the PianoForte Foundation. The recital will take place at the Foundation's Studios at 1335 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Dossin's program will include works by Chopin, Liszt, Villa-Lobos, and Gershwin. For more information, please go to the PianoForte Foundation website


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!

Madeleine Forte Performs Beethoven's "Archduke" Trio on February 25

Madeleine Forte, pianist and ALS member, performed Beethoven's monumental "Archduke" Trio (Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 97) in a concert of the Lillibridge Ensemble on Sunday, February 25, at the Cultural Arts Center in New Haven, CT. Madeleine was joined by Raphael Ryger, violin, and Karen Ryger, cello.

New York/New Jersey Chapter's Most Recent Concert

The New York/New Jersey Chapter's concert series continued on Monday, February 26, 2018, when pianist Hong Xu played works by Mozart and Liszt. The NY/NJ Chapter earlier presented pianist Yameng Huang in her New York Recital Debut on Thursday, October 5, in a program that Beethoven's Fantasy, Op. 77; Franz Liszt's "Les Jeux d'Eau á la Villa d'Este," from Années de Pèlerinage Book III; and Beethoven's monumental "Diabelli" Variations, Op. 120.

In Memoriam: Reginald Gerig

From an e-mail sent by Dr. Daniel Paul Horn, Treasurer of The American Liszt Society:

Reginald Gerig passed away early Thursday morning, January 11, 2018, at Windsor Park Manor, a retirement community in Carol Stream, Illinois where he had been living for some time. Born at Fort Wayne, Indiana on April 20, 1919, Reg graduated from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in 1942, after which he was stationed at Guantanamo Bay while serving in the Navy during World War II. He studied at The Juilliard School with Sascha Gorodnitzki and Carl Friedberg, and taught briefly at Eastman's community music school before returning to Wheaton as professor of piano in 1953. While teaching at Wheaton, he also served as organist of the College Church in Wheaton; the grand pipe organ in the Church's sanctuary is named in his honor. He is remembered by pianists everywhere for his book, Famous Pianists and Their Technique, republished a few years ago by Indiana University Press. He was an enthusiastic member of The American Liszt Society, serving at one time as treasurer and membership secretary. The Society honored him for his service at the 2014 Festival at James Madison University, at which time a special video greeting from him was shown. He was the devoted husband of Irene, universally known as "Connie," who preceeded him in death; he also leaves behind a son, Reginald, Jr., formerly librarian for the United States Supreme Court, a daughter, Sarah, and one grandchild. He also leaves behind generations of grateful students, colleagues, fellow church members, and friends, who remember his gentleness and kindly spirit.


ALS member Nancy Roldán organized a benefit concert to aid victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Entitled "Puerto Rico: After the Hurricane," the program took place on Sunday, January 21, 2018 in Hood College's Brodbeck Music Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, in Frederick, Maryland. Hood College hosted the event.

Known as the "Island of Enchantment," Puerto Rico was exposed to the fury of Hurricane Maria on September 20, 2017. It left the entire island devastated.

The concert featured the following performing artists:

    Gustavo Ahualli, Baritone
    Faculty, Catholic University of America

    José Miguel Cueto, Violin
    Faculty, St. Mary's College of Maryland
    Concertmaster, Concert Artists of Baltimore

    David Lester, Double Bass
    Alumnus, Hood College

    Edward Polochick, Piano
    Faculty, Peabody Conservatory, The Johns Hopkins University
    Artistic Director, Concert Artists of Baltimore

    José Ramos-Santana, Piano
    Faculty, Catholic University of America

    Nancy Roldán, Piano
    Faculty (Ret.), Peabody Conservatory, The Johns Hopkins University
    Founder, Liszt-Garrison Festival & International Competition.

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

Event took place October 12 - 15

"Legacy" is the theme of the 2017 Franz Liszt Festival & International Piano Competition, which took place October 12 - 15. Formerly known as the Liszt-Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition, and founded by Dr. Nancy Roldán, the event has moved from the Baltimore/Washington Chapter environs to the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus OH. A detailed history of the event and a comprehensive website, including a detailed schedule, may be found at 2017 Liszt at Ohio State. Dr. Caroline Hong, ALS Ohio State Chapter President, is 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.

Abbey Simon Autobiography Now Available

An autobiography by Abbey Simon (co-authored with ALS member Dr. Garnet Ungar), entitled Inner Voices, is available through amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle versions. There was a book launching and signing at Yamaha Artist Services Piano Salon in NYC on October 20, 2017.

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!

The Newsletter Page of the website is only partially available. Issues marked *** indicate that the publication with that number is unavailable at the present time. We hope to reprint those missing issues in the near future. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The deadline for the next issue of the Newsletter of
The American Liszt Society (Winter/Spring 2018,
Vol 33 No. 2) is April 1, 2018.