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American Liszt Society Festival

The focal point of each year's American Liszt Society calendar of events. Historically, festivals have been held at a wide variety of locations in the United States and Canada. Festivals are typically hosted by a university, a library, a local ALS chapter, or a music performance organization.

Those interested in hosting a festival should contact the President of ALS.

 

International festivals have been added to provide performance opportunities abroad for ALS members.

Such festivals have been held in China, Budapest, Prague, Brazil, and Italy.

 THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICAN LISZT SOCIETY
2024 ALS FESTIVAL


THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
OCTOBER 13-16
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"The Composer-Pianist"

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THE COMPOSER-PIANIST

 

The 2024 American Liszt Society Festival celebrates:

The ongoing legacy of Liszt

The 60th anniversary of ALS

The centennial of the death of Ferruccio Busoni

The work and life of composer-pianists from Liszt to Busoni to Gabriela Montero and Marc-André Hamelin

 

The festival program includes lectures, concerts, an exhibit in the Georgia Museum of Art, a documentary on the life of Josef Hofmann (produced by ALS Medalist Gregor Benko), and a world premiere (commissioned by ALS) of a new solo piano work by ALS Medalist Marc-André Hamelin and a new piano quintet by Gabriela Montero co-commissioned by the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center

PROGRAM

(subject to change)

SOLO RECITAL

Marc-André Hamelin

Tuesday, October 15, 7:30 pm


 Program

Sonata Op. 106, "Hammerklavier"    

Sonatina Seconda                                     

World premiere of ALS commission

Réminiscenes de Norma                     

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Beethoven

Busoni

Hamelin

Liszt

MASTER CLASS

Marc-André Hamelin

    Wednesday, Oct 16, at 11 am 

Hamelin will give a piano masterclass to UGA students 

as the final event of the Liszt Festival

CHAMBER MUSIC RECITAL

Gabriela Montero

Calidore String Quartet

Sunday, October 13, 4:00 pm

                             

Program

Piano Quintet (2024)   

Quartet in A Major, Op. 18/5

 Piano Quintet, Op. 57      

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Montero

Beethoven

Shostakovich

LISZT’S HEIR: BUSONI AND WEIMAR

Erinn Knyt, lecturer

Carmen Fantasy by Busoni

Turandot’s Frauengemach by Busoni

Nadejda Vlaeva

BUSONI’S INTERACTION WITH

LISZT’S STUDENTS

Richard Zimdars, lecturer

THE SHADOW OF BACH

Suite, Op. 1 (excerpts) by d’Albert

Nicholas Susi

Prelude and Fugue, Op. 6 by Sgambati

Paul Barnes

Fantasy and Fugue on BACH by Liszt

Kemal Gekic

LISZT/MEDTNER RECITAL

Fairy Tale, Op. 51/3 by Medtner

Sonata Reminiscenza, Op. 38/1 by Medtner

Yakov Kasman

Lieder by Liszt and Medtner

Kevin McMillan, baritone, Gabriel Dobner

Sonata in B Minor by Liszt

 Terrence Wilson

LATE SCRIABIN LECTURE-RECITAL

Selected late short pieces

Sonata No. 6

Matthew Bengston, Dmitry Rachmanov, Evgeny Rivkin

CROSSING GENRES:

IMPROVISATION AND JAZZ

Music by Friedrich Gulda and Billy Mayerl

Daniel Horn, Martin Jones

Greg Satterthwaite, James Weidman

JOSEF HOFMANN: GENIUS AND DREAMER 
Documentary produced by ALS medalist Gregor Benko
with footage never before seen, it explores the art and life of pianist Josef Hofmann. With Marc-André Hamelin, Charles Rosen, Garrick Ohlsson, Ruth Slenczynska, Constance Keene, Will Crutchfield, the 105-year-old Eleanor Sokoloff, and others discussing Hofmann.

WINGS: LECTURE RECITAL

Liszt: St. Francis’ Sermon to the Birds

Jorge Luis Mododell, lecturer

St. Francis’ Sermon to the Birds by Liszt

Spencer Myer

Birds of Paradise by Shulamit Ran

TWO PIANOS
Improvisation on Bach’s “Wie wohl ist mir” by Busoni
Meeyoun Park, Matthew Gianforte

Sonata for Two Pianos by George Walker
Alexandre Dossin, Brian Hsu

New work (first performance)  by Eric Tran/ Nathan Cheung
Nathan Cheung, Eric Tran

LISZT AND THE SUBLIME

Robert Doran, lecturer

 

HEXAMERON

 Liza Stepanova, Alan Woo

FROM THREE CENTURIES

Berceuse, Op. 22 by Zarebski

Eva Polgar

Polonaise, Op. 16 by Zarebski

Derek Parsons

   Vocalise by Rachmaninoff

Caroline Hong, Ryan Behan

Preludes by Ronn Yedidia

Gila Goldstein

WOMEN COMPOSER-PIANISTS: LECTURE-RECITAL

Femmes de légende by Mel Bonis

Anna Hawkins, lecturer, Grace Huang, piano

   Sonata, first movement by Agi Jambor

Heather Hancock, lecturer, Ji-Hyang Gwak, piano

ALS COMPOSERS

Alone by Kemal Gekic

Movement by Kemal Gekic

Kemal Gekic

    Picture No. 2 for violin and piano by Eric Tran

Avita Duo

Katya Moeller, violin

Ksenia Nosikova, piano

Poem by Asiya Korepanova

Brandon Quarles, saxophone

Asiya Korepanova, piano

FROM HUNGARY

Dance Suite (excerpts) by Bartok

Robert Satterlee

Sonata, Op. 21 by Dohnanyi

Avita Duo

Katya Moeller, violin

Ksenia Nosikova, piano

Lisztomania by Péter Eötvös

Caroline Owen, David Kalhous, piano

Sonata by Bartok

Michael Boyd

Why Attend a Liszt Festival?

Franz Liszt was perhaps the most misunderstood musician in the history of our art. His image has been used as a model of showmanship and shallow virtuosity. In fact, one important source on the history of piano playing includes a chapter on Liszt entitled

"Thunder, Lightning, Mesmerism, and Sex"! (Harold Schonberg, The Great Pianists.)

One has only to read a few pages of Alan Walker's monumental three-volume biography of Franz Liszt before realizing that, in truth, Liszt was a deep thinker, and he had a profound effect on the musical minds of his day.

His inspiration, genius, and generosity influenced the development of musical thought well into the twentieth century.

His was an attitude of service to his fellow musicians and to humanity.

The paradox of the notoriety of his worldly existence has, for over a century, obscured the deep religious conviction evident in his music.

The Annual Conferences, also known as Festivals, of The American Liszt Society, hosted by various universities or other organizations throughout North America, provide an opportunity to learn more about this fascinating musician through lectures, recitals, master classes, and concerts.

Often, a sumptuous banquet and informal receptions are included in the itinerary, which most often covers a three-day time span.  Perhaps equally important is the camaraderie enjoyed by Festival participants and the new musical friendships that are established as an outgrowth of the event.

Each Conference/Festival has a theme that presents Liszt's music and the music of his contemporaries and successors in public venues.

Some Liszt Festival themes have included "An Exploration of the Italian Aspect of Liszt: Spirituality, Italian Art and Poetry, and Virtuosity,"; "The Works for Piano and Orchestra,"; "Heaven on Earth: Exploring the Sacred in Music,"; "A Celebration of Liszt and Matthay"; "Liszt in Paris"; "Anniversaries and Connections"; "Liszt in Weimar"; "Liszt and the Future"; "Celebrating Liszt and Chopin"; "Liszt as Missionary,"; "Liszt and Hungary,"; and "Liszt and His Pupils." to name just a few.

The yearly Conference/Festival and its partner events will appeal to scholars, performers, and music lovers of all ages,

from professional musicians to young students.

Hopefully, by attending these festivals, an image of Liszt will emerge for you that will contribute to a reassessment of his treasury of uplifting music, his importance in the dissemination of music throughout Europe in the nineteenth century, and his beneficence that allowed both the mighty and the meek to attain a higher spiritual and musical good. We sincerely hope it will be possible for you to join us in an unforgettable musical experience!

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