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KU School of Music celebrates anniversary of composer Franz Liszt's birth with A Liszt Odyssey

Friday, August 19, 2011

The KU School of Music is pleased to present A Liszt Odyssey, September 11-13, 2011. This festival is set to become one of the most memorable and visible Liszt festivals in the world as it will feature Alan Walker, the world’s greatest authority on Liszt, and composer Mohammed Fairouz and his world premiere of The Last Resistance, a work created specifically for the festival.

Included in this celebration will be a broad array of cultural and educational events highlighting the many aspects of Liszt’s art, such as performances by visiting artists Massimiliano Baggio, a piano ensemble specialist from the famed Milan Conservatory; Liszt expert Alan Walker; Mohammed Fairouz, the distinguished young composer; and Professor Steven Spooner, to name a few.
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the renowned pianist, composer and patron of the arts, the KU School of Music is pleased to partner with sponsor Reach Out Kansas, Inc., as well as the Lied Center of Kansas, the Spencer Museum of Art and Bales Recital Hall, to present this commemoration celebrating the famed life and legacy of Franz Liszt.

The festival will include the following events, all FREE and open to the public:

  • Sunday, September 11, 2011, 7:30 PM
    A Liszt Odyssey Student Organ Recital
    Bales Organ Recital Hall, Lawrence, KS
  • Monday, September 12, 2011, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Master class for duo pianists with Massimiliano Baggio
    Swarthout Recital Hall, Lawrence, KS
  • Monday, September 12, 2011, 12:30 PM
    Collaborative Recital featuring Pianist Robert Koenig, Baritone Chris Thompson, Soprano
    Callie Schlegel, Violist Peter Chun, and Clarinetist Robert Walzel
    Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS
  • Monday, September 12, 2011, 7:30 PM
    Alan Walker--Lecture, Liszt and the Keyboard: the Wizard Casts His Spells
    The Lied Center, Lawrence, KS
  • Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 7:30 PM
    Recital, Aspects of Liszt, featuring music of Liszt performed by Professor Steven Spooner and the world premiere of the Piano Sonata No. 2 (2011), The Last Resistance, written by Mohammed Fairouz
    The Lied Center of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Funding for the Liszt Festival is provided by Reach Out Kansas, Inc: the Law Offices of Smithyman and Zakoura, Chartered-Overland Park, KS, and the Zakoura Family Fund.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit music.ku.edu.


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