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
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Ophra Yerushalmi Completes Third Film.
Ophra Yerushalmi describes herself as "a pianist-turned-filmmaker." Her Prelude to Debussy
follows the elusive composer by focusing on that which most mattered to him: a unique relationship
with French poets Verlaine, Mallarmé, and Pierre Lou˙s, and a love of nature, as described in La mer, "Clair de lune,"
and Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.
"In a similar way to my previous films, Chopin's Afterlife and Liszt's Dance with the Devil, colleagues with special affinity to the composer have joined me: pianists Philippe Bianconi, Frederic Chiu, and Taka Kigawa; singers Maya Lahyani and Faustine de Mones; and authors Dana Gooley and Kenneth Hamilton. Lending a particular poetic touch is actor Julian Sands in conversation and recitations. Glimpses from a master class with Richard Goode give an idea as to what it takes to play Debussy on the piano. Included as well is a rare Jerome Robbins dance, 'Antique Epigraphs,' performed this past year by the New York Theatre Ballet.
"Weaving together the participants' responses and perspectives, Prelude to Debussy anticipates the 2018 centennial of the composer's death and invites the viewer to re-enter the magical world of the sounds of Claude Debussy. The term 'prelude' is a linking thread in the film. Preludes are about brevity and abstraction, about time itself. Debussy's journey from the lyricism of Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (1894) to his Twenty-Four Preludes (I 1910, II 1913) is the journey."
The premiere screening of Prelude to Debussy is scheduled for Paris on January 20, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in Reid Hall, 4 Rue de Chevreuse Paris (XV) Montparnasse 75006. M. Jean-Yves Tadié, author of Le Songe Musical: Claude Debussy will participate.
For a nice poster, see Prelude to Debussy.
2017 Festival Website Now Available!
The website for the 2017 American Liszt Society Festival, to be held April 27 - 30, 2017 at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, may be accessed at 2017 ALS Festival.
Oregon Chapter Hosts Its Liszt Birthday Week October 17.
The Oregon Chapter of the American Liszt Society, Alexandre Dossin, President, presented a series of concerts and other events to commemorate the birthday of Franz Liszt. On Monday, October 17, musicologist Dr. Marian Smith presented a lecture on "Dance Elements in Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies," and there was a showing of Ophra Yerushalmi's film Liszt's Dance With The Devil later that evening. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, student pianists performed concerts. On Friday evening, October 21, Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov of the Cal State University Northridge music faculty (and host of the most recent ALS conference) presented a lecture on "Liszt in Russia." A master class with Dr. Alexander Tutunov took place on Saturday, October 22, Liszt's actual birthday, and Dr. Alexandre Dossin presented a concert at 7:30 p.m. that evening, featuring Liszt's Sonata and Dante Sonata. For more information, please go to Oregon Liszt Celebration. You will also want to view and listen to Dr. Alexandre Dossin's performance of the Gounod-Liszt "Waltz" from the Opera Faust.
Chicago/Midwest Chapter Hosts Annual
Liszt Birthday Concert on October 22, 2016.
The Chicago/Midwest chapter of the American Liszt Society presented its Sixth Annual Franz
Liszt Birthday Gala Concert on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at 7:30 pm at Nichols Concert Hall in
Evanston, IL, and was dedicated to the memory of ALS Co-Founder, Fernando Laires. This year's theme was "Liszt Times Two - A Celebration
of Liszt's Piano Music for Two Pianos - Four Hands." Performers included duo pianists Claire
Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem, Daniel Paul Horn and Alexander Djordjevic, Alex Yuill and Andrew Guo,
Matthew Hagle and George Radosavljevic, Karin Redekopp and Mark Edwards, and James and Sevgi Giles.
A special greeting on the 60th anniversary of 1956 Hungarian Revolution was presented by Dr. Ádám Márkusfalvi-Tóth, Consul, Hungarian Consulate-General of Chicago, and excerpts from the poem "For Ferencz Liszt" by Mihály Vörösmarty, were read in Hungarian and in English by Etelka Tatar and Dr. Clara Orban.
For more information, please visit the Liszt Chicago Website, which includes a nice poster.
Los Angeles International Liszt
Competition November 18 - 20
The 18th biennial Los Angeles International Liszt Competition for piano, voice, and organ will take place November 18 - 20 at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA. and Trinity United Methodist Church in Pomona, CA. For more information, please go to the Competition's new website at 2016 LA Liszt Competition Home Page.
Liszt Featured on Steinway Website
Our namesake, Franz Liszt, is featured on the Steinway website! To access the page, simply click here on Franz Liszt.
In Memoriam: Fernando Laires, 1925 - 2016
The American Liszt Society expresses its sincere sorrow at the loss of our mentor,
friend, and exemplary Lisztian, Fernando Laires, who passed away September 9, 2016.
Fernando, a founder and long-time President of The American Liszt Society, was well known and dear to the hearts of all American Liszt Society members. Fernando's vision and tireless dedication toward promoting the music of Liszt qualifies him as a leading agent for increasing acceptance and understanding of Liszt in our profession and our generation. Fernando brought passion to his promotion of Liszt through the ALS and offered many thoughtful, fiery interpretations that led us to adore Liszt in the face of the public indifference that often greeted performances of his music. Laires was a true life-long missionary on behalf of Liszt. It is safe to say that The American Liszt Society would not exist but for his dedication and passionate work. He will be remembered by pianists throughout the world.
The Board of Directors of The American Liszt Society will at a later date designate an appropriate tribute from the Society to honor Fernando. The Society extends its deepest condolences to his wife, Nelita True, daughters Suzanne, Barbara, and Jennifer, and their families.
NY/NJ Chapter Co-Sponsors 25th Anniversary Concert
featuring Pianist Sofya Melikyan
The New York/New Jersey Chapter of The American Liszt Society began its celebration of its 25th season in 2016 - 2017! Together with Yamaha Artist Services, Inc., the chapter presented pianist Sofya Melikyan in recital on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Mundiclasico.com (Spain) has said that "Melikyan played Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 impressively. Her deeply moving performance, full of subtle nuance, was of an extraordinary beauty." Her New York program included Granados's Goyescas (complete) in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the composer's death. Following intermission, Melikyan will perform Lowell Liebermann's Nocturne no. 5, op. 55, and four pieces by Liszt: Nuages gris, Bagatelle sans tonalité, Les jeux d´eaux á la Villa d´Este, and Hungarian Rhapsody no. 10.
Dmitry Rachmanov Gives Recital September 10
Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov, Professor of Music and Host of the recent ALS Festival at California State University-Northridge, performed a recital on Saturday, September 10, at Cypress Recital Hall in Northridge. The program included works by Schubert, Schumann, Blumenfeld, Lyadov, Scriabin, and Rachmaninoff.
ALS Vice President Receives Promotion at
University of Oregon
Dr. Alexandre Dossin,
Vice President of The American Liszt Society, was recently promoted to the rank of full
professor at the University of Oregon. Dr. Dossin is also one of 14 UO faculty members
selected as recipients of the university's prestigious
Faculty Fund for Excellence in recognition of their research, teaching, and leadership.
Congratulations to our esteemed colleague!
2016 ALS Conference in Northridge, CA, June 2 - 5
The ALS Conference and Festival took place June 2 - 5, 2016, on the campus of California State University, Northridge, with host Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov. For more information, please see the ALS Festival website.
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.
The next issue (Vol. 32 No. 2) of the Newsletter will be mailed out the week of January 30, 2017.6