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Horst Förster and the Leipzig Academic Orchestra

The Leipzig Academic Orchestra, under its conductor Dr. Horst Förster, continues its long-running series of concerts in the Great Hall of the Leipzig Gewandhaus. On February 4, the sold out programme included works by Aaron Copland (Appalachian Spring), Paul Dukas (Sorcerer's Apprentice), and Piotr Tchaikowsky (Capriccio Italien). Of particular interest was the appearance at this concert of the young Chinese pianist Miao Huang, first prize winner of the 2011 Texas Music Festival Competition held in Houston. Ms. Huang played the Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat major by Franz Liszt and received a wonderful ovation for her outstanding performance. She returned to the platform and played Brahms's Intermezzo in A Major as an encore - a rare accolade in the Gewandhaus.

Dr. Förster, a tireless advocate of Liszt's music, is an honorary member of The American Liszt Society. He has visited Houston four times in recent years as a guest-conductor, and has served on the competition jury there. He continues to feature Liszt in his Gewandhaus concerts whenever the opportunity arises. Before founding the Leipzig Academic Orchestra, Dr. Förster was the artistic director and conductor of the Schwerin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Loh Sondershausen Orchestras, whose history goes back to Franz Liszt. Active as a musicologist and a music historian, he has been awarded the National Prize for the Promotion of Music, as well as the Leipzig Municipal Arts Prize. Our readers will recall that in recent years he also conducted several concerts for the American Liszt Society as part of the Great Romantics Festival in Hamilton, Ontario.

Posted February 18, 2013