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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

Gila Goldstein to Perform Recital at Montclair (NJ) State University on Saturday, June 23.


NY/NJ Chapter President Gila Goldstein will perform a recital at the Taubman Piano Festival at Montclair State University's John Cali School of Music on Saturday, June 23, 2018. The concert will be co-hosted by the NY/NJ Chapter of The American Liszt Society. In addition to her activities on behalf of The American Liszt Society, Gila is Chair of the Piano at Boston University. Her upcoming program will include works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and a World Premiere by Israeli composer, Boaz Ben-Moshe. For more information please go to Taubman Festival Guest Pages.

New International Competition and Festival

Steven Spooner writes about "an exciting new international competition and festival happening in Chicago, July 28 - August 4, 2018. It's for ALL LEVELS and ALL AGES but the prizes are fantastic: recording contract, cash, and a world-wide concert tour. It's being held at Wheaton College, and we've made it really affordable with special rates for people who are commuting. Following the three-day competition, we have a four-day festival with lessons, workshops, and daily student performances." For more information, please go Chicago International Music Competition and Festival.


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. Please check the 2018 Festival website, as well as this webite, for updates!



Chicago-Midwest Chapter Presents All-Chopin Recital

The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of The American Liszt Society presented Piano Encounters: Chopin Favorites, on Saturday, May 12. The concert took take place at the Armerding Center for Music & the Arts in Wheaton, Illinois. This was the second installment of the Chapter's series, "Piano Encounters." For this event, Alexander Djordjevic, Membership Secretary of The American Liszt Society and Chapter President, was the featured soloist.



Alexandre Dossin Performs in Chicago

Alexandre Dossin, Vice President of The American Liszt Society, performed a recital in Chicago on Wednesday, May 2. The event was presented by the Chicago-Midwest Chapter of The American Liszt Society, and was hosted by the PianoForte Foundation. The recital took place at the Foundation's Studios at 1335 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Dossin's program included works by Chopin, Liszt, Villa-Lobos, and Gershwin.



Ian Hobson Performs Complete Piano Works of
Debussy and Ravel



ALS Life Member Ian Hobson surveyed 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 concluded with concerts on April 4 and 18, 2018.

The April 4 program included 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 included 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.

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 Concerts

Steven Spooner was the featured artist for a NY/NJ Chapter concert on May 17 in the Yamaha Piano Salon in New York City. He performed his "pick and choose" program, with works chosen by the audience members from a list provided by the artist. According to Ny/NJ Chapter President, Gila Goldstein, "He offered five programs:

    Four Schubert/Liszt song transcriptions and the Wagner/Liszt "Rienzi"
    Three Hungarian Rhapsodies
    Four Transcendental Études
    Liszt Sonata in B minor
    "Blind date".

"New Yorkers voted for program 1 and program 5! The latter was surprising since it didn't include any music by Liszt: Two Scarlatti sonatas, Four Chopin Mazurkas, Debussy's "La Cathédrale Engloutie," and three of Steven's pyrotechnical Etudes/Improvisations.

"Steven's performance of all selections combined poetry and drama (there was Erlkönig!). The playing was colorful and exciting. In the Debussy we heard some incredible soft shades. The Mazurkas were particularly ravishing. It was a very daring project to undertake, and I only wish we could have heard the remaining three programs!"

Earlier this season, the Chapter's concert series included pianist Hong Xu, who played works by Mozart and Liszt on Feburary 26, and before that, the Chapter presented pianist Yameng Huang in her New York Recital Debut on Thursday, October 5, in a program that included 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: Anton Kasanof



From Justin Kolb, we learn that "Our ALS member who attended two or three festivals, Anton Kasanof, passed away April 23 after a few years of neurological and physical debilitating Parkinsons Disease. Let's remember that he was the man who, as Cultural Affairs Officer at the US Embassy in Moscow, hosted Vladimir Horowitz on his famous return to Russia. 'Tony' also finessed the emmigration of Vladimir Feltsman from Russia to the US. Tony was a good friend of Bridget & Luiz de Moura Castro, Jay Hershberger, Giulio Draghi, and Ádám György, and a dear close friend and local neighbor to Barbara and me. A sad day here in the Catskills. His condition was so extreme that we actually lost Tony 2 years ago." The members of The American Liszt Society extend their condolences to Anton's family and friends.



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.



In Memoriam: Robert "Bob" Morrow

From Alan Walker, we learned earlier this year that Robert ("Bob") Maxwell Morrow passed away February 5, 2018. "His funeral service was on Saturday afternoon, February 17, in Christ's Church Cathedral, Hamilton Ontario, the site of numerous concerts held during past Great Romantic Festivals. During his 20-year tenure as Mayor of Hamilton (the longest serving Mayor of that city), Bob proved to be a staunch supporter of the arts, and especially of music. He was a lifetime member of The American Liszt Society. Members of the ALS will recall the occasion during a Great Romantics Festival when some of them got parking tickets for leaving their cars outside the church where a piano gala was in full flow. At the festival banquet that night the mood was glum until Bob announced that if the tickets were collected and brought to his office on Monday morning, he would annul them and waive the fines. I still recall the round of cheers that the announcement caused."



BENEFIT TO AID VICTIMS OF HURRICANE MARIA IN PUERTO RICO



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!




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The deadline for the next issue of the Newsletter of
The American Liszt Society (Summer/Fall, 2018,
Vol 34 No. 1) is November 15, 2018.