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Chicago/Midwest Chapter hosts two events!



The Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the American Liszt Society sponsored two events last fall.

On October 25, 2014, the Chapter presented its Fourth Annual Liszt Birthday Celebration at Nichols Hall in Evanston, hosted by the Music Institute of Chicago. ALS members, faculty from Wheaton College and MIC (two of our hosting institutions), and a 15-year-old student in the MIC Academy performied the Fifth Hungarian Rhapsody, the "Tarantella" from Venezia e Napoli, the songs "Die Drei Zigeuner" and "O Lieb," Mephisto Waltz No. 1, "Transcendental Etude No. 10," the "Rigoletto" Paraphrase, "Miserere" from Il Trovatore, the "Festspiel und Brautmarsch" from Lohengrin, and the two-piano version of Reminiscences de "Norma". The evening was dedicated to the memory of Thomas Mastroianni, late President of the American Liszt Society. Interim ALS President Jay Hershberger attended the event. For more information go to the event's Facebook page. You may also view a lovely collection of photos from the event by going to Chicago Chapter photos.

On November 2, baritone Kevin McMillan and pianist Gabriel Dobner gave a recital of songs by Liszt, Wagner and Wolf at the Pianoforte Chicago Studios. The artists have been heard at several ALS festivals, and were co-sponsored by Chicago/Midwest chapter host institution, Pianoforte Chicago. The artists also gave a recital for students of the Wheaton College Conservatory on Thursday, October 30, and presented a master class for Wheaton voice students on November 4. For more information, please go to the event's Facebook page.

First posted October 8, 2014. Revised November 7 and November 19, 2014.