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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

Chicago International Music Competition and Festival 2022

ALS Board of Directors member Steven Spooner, Artistic Director of the Chicago International Music Competition and Festival, announces its 2022 program at CIMCUSA. Deadline for applications is Sunday, May 1, 2022. The COMPETITION jury includes Yoheved Kaplinsky, Boris Slutsky, Hung-Kuan Chen, vocal superstar Kristin Lewis, cellist Mark Kosower, and many more! The competition is open to instrumentalists and singers of all nationalities of all ages. The competition results will be announced on June 12, 2022.

The 2022 CIMC FESTIVAL will be a hosted in-person event at Wheaton College, Chicago, July 16 - 22. Festival participants will have private lessons, concerts, interactive lectures, and workshops with our world-renowned faculty. In addition to the in-person festival, we are also offering an online festival July 15 - August 8, which replicates the experience and offers the same content for participants who cannot attend the festival in person. For more information, please go to the event website.

Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, November 19 - 20, 2022!

The 17th biennial Los Angeles International Liszt Competition will take place November 19 - 20. 2022. The competition is open to pianists and vocalists up to age 35. Entry registration begins Sunday, May 1 and ends Saturday, October 1, 2022. Late registration (for an additional fee) closes Saturday, October 15, 2022. For more information, please see LAILC 2022.

2022 Festival Now Scheduled!

The American Liszt Society Festival will take place at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music from the evening of October 13 through October 16, 2022. The theme of the festival is "Liszt and His Pupils."

We look forward to having you join us to see the beautiful Indiana University Bloomington campus during the fall and to honor the legacy of Liszt with our enthusiastic community of pianists. In the spirit of celebrating Liszt as a pedagogue, the festival will pay tribute to two late IU faculty with rich Lisztian legacies: we will observe the 100th birthday of György Sebök, and we will commemorate the contributions to the world of Liszt and The American Liszt Society by Karen Shaw. Also featured will be the presentation of The American Liszt Society Medal to André Watts, a world-renowned performer and pedagogue who is a member of the piano faculty at IU.

Check back at this website after May 15, 2022, for more details!!

Alexandre Dossin Performs Rhapsody in Blue
Friday, April 15

ALS Vice President Alexandre Dossin performed in a unique recital on Friday, April 15. Grammy-Award winner and eminent oboist Alex Klein joined Dennis Llinas and the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble for an exciting performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's Variations on a Theme by Glinka. In the same concert, Dossin improvised on a famous Brazilian samba, Aquarela do Brasil, and then joined the Wind Ensemble for a performance of Gershwin's beloved Rhapsody in Blue.

ALS President Jay Hershberger Performs for NY/NJ Chapter at Yamaha in New York

ALS President Jay Hershberger performed a recital sponsored by the ALS NY/NJ Chapter, Yamaha Artist Services, and Liszt Institute New York (of the General Consulate of Hungary) on Friday, March 25, 2022. The performance took place at the Yamaha Piano Salon in NYC. Jay performed an exquisite Mozart Sonata in A minor, K. 310, a pensive "Vallée d'Obermann," a beautiful and atmospheric piece by Chinese composer Zhenmin Xu (born 1934), called "A poem written in Poshan temple," and an impressive interpretation of Chopin's Sonata No. 3 in B minor. In the words of NY/NJ Chapter President, Gila Goldstein, "It was a very exciting evening to host Jay at our chapter in this beautiful recital, resuming our NY/NJ chapter activity after two years and getting a nice-sized and supportive crowd. 2022 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Chapter, and Jay opened the festive events planned for the year. Among the audience members were David Witten, Justin and Barbara Kolb, Pablo Lavandera, Marjean Olson (who is the director of Keyboard Skills and Piano Pedagogy Instructor at the Manhattan School of Music and a Concordia alumna), and Jay's sister, Julie Johnson."

Paul Barnes to Receive MTNA Award

Dr. Paul Barnes, member of the ALS Board of Directors and Marguerite Scribante Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been named an MTNA National Foundation Fellow. Paul will be honored at the virtual MTNA conference at the end of the month. Hearty congratulations to Paul on this outstanding accomplishment. You can read an interview with Paul in the most recent issue of the Newsletter of The American Liszt Society, on page 7.

Judith Nesleny announces the completion and publication of her book, Faith and Courage

Judith Nesleny announces the completion and publication of her book, Faith and Courage, published (in Hungarian) by the Hungarian Bibliophile Society. Judith is now working on an English version! The book has already enjoyed two showings, one in Budapest and the other in the Hungarian city of Gyula. Tamas Zelinka has published most of the music-oriented-verses in Parlando, which is published by Zelinka. You can access this in English using Google Translate: Scroll down to the 2021 5th Issue, scroll to the right hand column and scroll down close to the end, "New Publications - Offerings," and click on Judith NESZLENYI, and the book will appear. You will find Professor Zelinka's "Introduction and Informations," plus photos from Judith's first Evening of Poetry in Budapest. Further down, in the 2021 3rd Issue, you will find a few poems regarding Music, with pictures, but only in Hungarian.

The book is 328 pages and includes 109 poems organized in 12 chapters, including "Papillons," "Reactions to Life," "Gallerie of Great Persons," "Patriotic," "Love," "Family," "Holidays," and "Death." The book is framed by a "Prelude" and a "Coda." Zelinka wrote the Dedication, recalling Liszt's Harmonies et poétiques as an inspiration for the volume. If you are interested in obtaining a copy, please contact Judith directly at Judith Nesleny. We are including a special poem about Liszt, which Judith has shared with the ALS family:

    A VISION

    Through the trembling poplars of new avenues
    thunderously whistles the wind,
    the sound of the strings on the piano
    fables anew, overwhelming!

    Drawing near, in his priestly habit, he appears,
    floating on air, resplendent,
    the Muse had kissed him - a Heavenly Bliss -
    while "Hosanna" the celestial choir sings.

    He is the 'Child of Beauty'
    a brave fighter, the gentle charmer
    who, as a prophet, offered his soul to God -
    and his contemporaries praised his song -

    "Heralded musician of the World,"
    a gallant man of virtue,
    with humble devotion you served Mankind
    and as its servant, you praised the Lord!

    Are you a priest, who writes music, or is it a prayer you've composed?
    the stars predicted at your birth
    your Life, your Ways, your Rhapsodies.

    Your music is standing for ALL:
    the rumbling sound of war-horses,
    the damnation of all the 'wrong',
    desire and its fulfillment -
    and all humanity's torment!

    Your testament reflects the suffering,
    the glory of Life and Death -
    like Prometheus did, as if a sacred destiny of God -
    your imagination is manifold
    and the Past transcends to Future life!

Franz Liszt International Piano Festival and Competition Announces Winners

Drs. Caroline Hong and Ryan Behan, co-directors of the Franz Liszt International Piano Festival and Competition (FLIPFAC), are pleased to announce the names of the Laureates of the 2021 Virtual Edition of the FLIPFAC competition! Each winner will receive a free membership in The American Liszt Society for the 2022 calendar year.

The FLIPFAC Directors' Team, in consultation with the 2021 FLIPFAC Jury, were unable to award a first prize this year, but the Team added two prizes for the Ohio Call Composition.

    1st prize    No First Prize Awarded
    2nd prize   Ji Hyang Gwak ($1500)

A prizewinner of numerous competitions, pianist Ji-Hyang Gwak has garnered international praise for her versatility, energy, and technical mastery. Her most recent achievement was in the 2021 Lyon International Music Competition in France, where she won third prize and received concert engagement from the Association Frédéric Chopin à Lyon. Gwak was the first prize winner of the Sicily International Piano Competition, Seattle International Piano Competition, MFMC Rosamond P. Haeberle Memorial Piano Award, High Point University International Piano Competition, Michigan MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition, and Eastman Concerto Competition. She was also a semi-finalist at the Concours musical international de Montréal, and the Ricardo Viñes International Piano Competition. Gwak holds a BM in piano performance from Seoul National University and an MM in piano performance and literature from The Eastman School of Music. She is currently pursuing graduate studies at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance under the tutelage of Professor Christopher Harding. (jihyanggwak.com)

    3rd prize   PengCheng He ($750)

PengCheng He has been hailed by Vladimir Krainev as an "extremely talented young pianist with unbelievable technique." During the Ravinia Music Festival, Menahem Pressler remarked, after hearing Pengcheng's Beethoven Op. 106 and "Archduke" Trio, that "...not only the "Hammerklavier," but everything he touched is beautiful." PengCheng He has appeared as both soloist and chamber musician throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. He was the first prize winner of the 9th Taipei International Chopin Competition, and a participant in the 16th edition of the Warsaw Chopin International Competition, where he advanced to the second round. He also won the first prize of American Protege. He holds a BM degree from The Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Marc Silverman and Solomon Mikosvsky, on with full scholarship, and was awarded the Helen-Cohn Award there for his outstanding work in chamber music. In 2015, he was admitted by Leon Fleisher with a full scholarship to the The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. In 2016, he was invited to play at the Ravinia music festival and performed a solo concert at the Chicago Cultural Center, which was broadcast by WFMT in Chicago. In 2017, he played the complete Beethoven 32 Piano Sonatas in a marathon recital at The Peabody Institute as one of five students of Leon Fleisher. Currently, PengCheng is pursuing his DMA degree at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he is a full scholarship awardee. He is under the guidance of James Tocco and Dror Biran. He will play all Beethoven 32 sonatas at CCM during the 2021-2022 season.

Best Liszt Interpretation Award
                  PengCheng He ($500) Ballade No. 2

Best Interpretation of the Winning Ohio Call Composition (Dolores White: "Sound Echoes")
    1st prize    Sonny Yoo ($500)
    2nd prize   PengCheng He ($250)
    3rd prize   Sunghwan Kim ($125.00)

A day-by-day schedule of events in the October 2 - 3 Festival is available at FLIPFAC Program. A nice poster announcing the event may be found at flipfac. The FLIPFAC website is FLIPFAC.

The next Franz Liszt International Piano Festival and Competition will take place in 2023.

Justin and Barbara Kolb Plan 2022 Recital Series

Following two seasons that turned dark due to Covid, Barbara and Justin Kolb's home-based "From the Bench" concert series resumed this past February. Audience capacity being reduced by two-thirds due to Covid rewuirements, a second recital was scheduled each of the three months: Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. (February 19/20, March 19/20, and April 23/24). Programming included 19th, 20th, and 21st-century repertoire. From the bench of his 9-foot concert grand, Justin regaled the audience with tales from his concert travels and respond to questions from the audience. Some of his humorous responses give rise to the appellation, "Bustin' Justin."

A "Thank You" from Matthew Bengtson

I would like to thank everyone who attended the "Liszt and Hungary" festival in Ann Arbor, particularly all the speakers and performers whose expertise and professionalism gave to the event its exceptionally high quality and its positive energy throughout. Thanks to Richard Zimdars and Daniel Paul Horn for their input on programming and to Jay Hershberger for his ideas, undying enthusiasm, and moral support throughout the festival's unusually long gestational period(s). Jay helped a great deal with steering the ship steadily through many changes of circumstances, right down to the weeks and even days just before the festival. We all owe thanks to the numerous performers and speakers who were willing to step in the late stages to enable us to present the program as completely as possible. I am indebted to the staff of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance for their technical, logistical, and financial support through challenging times, to our Piano Tech staff for prepping our instruments to their very best condition, to the students who helped drive festival attendees and move our early pianos, and finally to my assistants, Eunyoung and Minji, for offering their trusty hands when they were needed the most. Egészségedre!
(Even though the American Liszt Society 2021 Festival is concluded, you may still access information about the event at 2021 Liszt Festival.)

Southern California Chapter Events

The brilliant young pianist Asiya Korepanova presented a live recital at Cal State Northridge in a program of the complete Twenty-Four Études by Franz Liszt. The program took place Sunday, December 12, in CSUN's Cypress Recital Hall. Preceding the recital, she presented a piano masterclass on Friday, December 10. Dr. Korepanova repeated her concert program on December 14 at Azusa Pacific University. Asiya's California tour was co-sponsored by CSUN, Azusa Pacific University, and the Southern California Chapter of The American Liszt Society.

Recent Oregon Chapter Master Class

The Oregon Chapter of The American Liszt Society continued its series of remote masterclasses on December 1, with guest clinician and fellow Lisztian Dr. Cathal Breslin. Dr. Breslin presented the master class from his studio in Tempe, AZ. The program included Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies Nos. 5, 13 and 19. The event was live streamed via Chapter President Alexandre Dossin's FaceBook page.

ALS President Performs Beethoven Concerto No. 4

ALS President Jay Hershberger performed the Beethoven Concerto No. 4 in G Major with the Concordia College Orchestra and Kevin Sutterlin, conductor. The concert took place on Sunday, November 7. You can view the concert at Hershberger Beethoven Concerto No. 4.

William Wellborn Performs Recital November 21

ALS member William Wellborn performed a faculty recital on Sunday, November 21, in the Hume Concert Hall at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His program included Beethoven's Sonata in F-Sharp, Op. 78; Impromptus by Schubert and Vorisek; Four Lyric Pieces by Grieg; Respighi's "Notturno"; Moszkowski's "Guitarre"; the Paderewski Minuet in G; and concluded with two Brahms Hungarian Dances and a two-piano, eight-hand version of the "Waltz" from Gounod's Faust, when Bill was joined by some of his pre-college students joined for the performances.

Southern California Chapter Presents Third Biennial Festival November 20 - 21, 2021

Southern California Chapter of The American Liszt Society SoCal Chapter Virtual Festival is now concluded!! Please access the Festival page on our chapter website, SoCal Festival page.

The following is a schedule of events:

Saturday, November 20
10:30 a.m.    Welcome from the ALS SoCal President, Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov, and     Vice-President, Ivana Grubelic Malo; LAILC Directors Dr. Katherine Hickey and     Dr. Éva Polgár; and Dr. Joel Clifft, who announced the publication of Seven
    Pieces for Piano
by the late Eugene Alcalay, ALS SoCal former president
    and Professor of Piano at Azusa Pacific University.
11:00 a.m.   College Recital
 2:00 p.m.    Pre-College Master Class with Dr. Hans Boepple
 4:30 p.m.    A Music Video Documentary Celebrating 30 Years of LAILC, featuring     winners, jury members, and directors in interviews and performances.
    This documentary is available at LAILC Documentary



Sunday, November 21
 9:00 a.m.     College Master Class with Paul Roberts
11:30 a.m.    Lecture Recital with Paul Roberts, followed by a Q&A period
    "Reading Liszt: Anneés de Pèlerinage II and Literature"
    Paul Roberts discussed literary references in Liszt's work and their importance
    for interpretation.
 2:00 p.m.    College Recital
 3:30 p.m.    Announcement of the Award for the best Liszt performance by a
    Pre-College and a College student.
    Closing ceremonies the ALS SoCal President, Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov,
    and the Board of Directors.

For more detailed information regarding the festival, please visit
SoCal home page and SoCal Facebook.

ALS Vice President Performs All-Liszt Recital

ALS Vice President Alexandre Dossin performed an all-Liszt recital on Sunday, November 7, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Salem, OR. The program included the Sonata in B Minor and "Vallée d'Obermann" from Années de Pèlerinage I. Dossin is Professor and Chair of Piano at the University of Oregon, where he has been on the faculty for 15 years, and President of the Oregon Chapter of The American Liszt Society. A recording of the concert is available at Dossin All-Liszt Recital. The introductory remarks by Dossin begin about 11:00, and the Sonata begins at 16:00.


Oregon Chapter Performs Complete Hungarian Rhapsodies

The Oregon Chapter of The American Liszt Society, inspired by the Michigan Liszt Festival that began on October 15, 2021, put together a performance of all 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies on October 23 and 24. This was the first time for such a complete performance in the State of Oregon! For a look at "video teasers" for each rhapsody, they are available at the Oregon ALS website.

Tatiana Shustova Performs Recital on October 17

ALS member Dr. Tatiana Shustova celebrated the 210th birthday of Franz Liszt with a recital of his works and other classical favorites on October 17, 2021. The concert took place in the St. Charles (IL) Public Library's Carnegie Community Room. The concert was funded by the St. Charles Public Library Foundation.

Dr. Shustova was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where she studied at the Rimsky-Korsakov Music School and the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory. Tatiana completed requirements for the Artist's Certificate and a master's degree in piano performance at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. In 2008, she was awarded a fellowship to enter the doctoral program in piano performance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance. Her major piano professor was ALS Life Member Ian Hobson.

Justin Kolb Performs Benefit Recital October 9!

ALS Executive Secretary Justin Kolb performed a benefit recital on Saturday, October 9th, 2021, at the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church in Roxbury, NY. The church sponsored this benefit concert for the restoration of the historic landmark.

Justin "Raised the Roof - Twice" with performances of his "Over the Top" program at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Featured works included Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, and more. A nice flyer with further information is avalable at Kolb Recital.

San Francisco International Piano Festival

The San Francisco International Piano Festival is now concluded, but you may obtain information about the program at SFIPF.

New Translation of Franz Liszt's Essay Collection Dramaturgische Blätter Now Available

There is a new translation of Franz Liszt's essay collection Dramaturgische Blätter by Allan R. Keiler and Traute M . Marshall (165 pp plus musical examples). The 13 essays deal with operas (or dramas with incidental music) from Gluck to Wagner, including French and Italian works that Liszt performed in his role as conductor of the Weimar Hoftheater during the 1854 season. While he dictated the essays in French, they underwent further revision and were then translated into German by some of his students and appeared in the local newspapers to accompany the performances. Organized into a coherent and expanded sequence and further revised, Liszt had them published in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik. (The original French mss. do not survive.) This translation is based on the Critical Edition of Dramaturgische Blätter published by Breitkopf & Härtel, Leipzig 1989.

As a critical and incisive observer of the European opera scene of his time and an ardent advocate for Wagner and Berlioz, Liszt reflects on musical history as it happens. He also develops his thoughts on the history of opera from Hasse to Wagner, with an emphasis on the relation of libretto and music. He comments on 40 composers, many works of literature, the education of singers, and the practical aspects of running an opera house. Liszt scholars, opera historians, and opera lovers would find this collection of value. The text is available, free of charge, at the Internet Archive, by going to Dramaturgische Blätter.

Chicago International Music Competition and Festival

The Chicago International Music Competition and Festival has concluded, but you may obtain information about the program at Chicago International Music Competition and Festival.

2021 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition
Winners Concert

Videos of the Winners Concert of the 2021 LAILC are still available at Website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel

PROGRAM ORDER

Dr. Katherine Hickey, Competition Director

Greeting note - Dr. Jay Hershberger, Head of the Jury and
President of The American Liszt Society

Message from Mr. György Vashegyi - Principal Patron of the 2021 Liszt Competition and
President of the Hungarian Academy of Arts (delivered by Dr. Éva Polgár)

Winners' Concert

    Taige Wang - Division I
    Ryan Wang - Division II
    Angelina Zhang - Division III
    Mariya Kaganskaya - Division VIII
    Sebestyén Pellet - Division IV
    Aoshuang Li - Division V
    Rixiang Huang - Division VI;
    Nóra Tatai - Division IX
    Christopher Richardson - Division X
    Endnote - Dr. Éva Polgár, Competition Director
    Sebestyén Pellet - Division VII
    Concert credits

Congratulations to all winners and their teachers!

Board of Directors Announces New Membership Secretary

Dr. Jay Hershberger, President of The American Liszt Society, announces the appointment of Renata Yuill as the society's new Membership Secretary. The appointment comes as the result of a unanimous vote of the Executive Committee and the unanimous support of the board. Renata is active in the Chicago-Midwest chapter of the ALS, a patron of the arts, and a lover of good music. You will learn more about and hear from Renata in coming issues of the Newsletter and on this website. Welcome, Renata!!

Matthew Bengtson in Recital Saturday, March 13

Matthew Bengtson, host of the 2021 ALS Festival at the University of Michigan, performed a concert Saturday evening, March 13, on the UM campus. The program featured two books of Albeniz's Iberia and a premiere of Roberto Sierra's 12 Estudios ritmicos y sonoros.

Oregon Chapter Offers Franz Liszt Remote Masterclass Series

Alexandre Dossin announces the inaugural event of a new series organized by the Oregon Chapter of The American Liszt Society. The "Franz Liszt Remote Masterclass" series was live-streamed on Facebook Wednesday, March 10. Frederic Chiu presented the masterclass from his residence in New York and worked with two of Dossin's top students, Marina Bengoa (Spain) and Tung Nguyen (Vietnam). Included in the all-Liszt program was Fantasy and Fugue on BACH and the first movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Visit Alexandre's Facebook page.

Ksenia Nosikova Performs in Livestreamed
Recital February 21

The Avita Duo performed a concert at the Voxman Music Building on the campus of The University of Iowa. ALS board member Ksenia Nosikova (piano) and Katya Moeller (violin) played before a limited audience pieces by Beethoven, Chausson, Auerbach, and Brahms on Sunday, February 21. The performance was livestreamed at Nosikova-Moeller recital and may be available through the School of Music audio archives at The University of Iowa.

ALS Vice President Alexandre Dossin's
Newest Liszt CD Now on Naxos Website

Dr. Alexandre Dossin, ALS vice president and professor and chair of piano at the University of Oregon, is the featured soloist on a new CD released by Naxos. Entitled Buch der Lieder, Books 1 and 2, the new CD is volume 57 in Naxos' series, Liszt Complete Piano Music. For more information, please go to New Dossin Liszt CD.

ALS Board Member Caroline Hong Solos in
Prokofiev Third with Columbus (Ohio) Symphony

Dr. Caroline Hong, professor of piano at The Ohio State University and president of the Ohio Chapter of The American Liszt Society, was the featured soloist with the Columbus (OH) Symphony in a digital streaming concert on Friday, February 5, 2021.

As of February 10, you can still access Dr. Hong's performance of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major by clicking on Hong performance. An interview starts at ca. 39 minutes into the performance, followed by the concerto. The concert is included in the CSO's Russian Winter Festival II and also featured the Shostakovich Chamber Symphony, Op. 73a.

Daniel Glover Pays Tribute to Beethoven

As ALS member Daniel Glover reminds us, the Beethoven 250th Celebration "would have been celebrated worldwide by concerts, lectures and festivals in [Beethoven's] honor. Sadly, 'our' pandemic has created a roadblock that prevented it. I have decided to do my own very personal celebration of one of my favorite composers with a special solo streamed concert. Beethoven has increasingly become an important composer to me, as I have suffered from hearing issues the past six years. I have the same condition as Beethoven: otosclerosis. Fortunately, modern medicine can treat it, whereas Beethoven had no help. I understand his desperation, rage, and eventual acceptance of his condition as I never could before."

This video invitation will explain Daniel's program and provides a link to the event page. Although the concert took place on December 18, 2020, you may "attend" the event at Daniel Glover Piano Recital

Musical America names Liza Stepanova
"New Musician of the Month"!

ALS member Liza Stepanova was chosen by Musical America as its "New Musician of the Month" for November 2020. For more details, please go to Liza Stepanova. The American Liszt Society extends its congratulations on this significant achievement!

Joanne Cormac Authors Alan Walker Book Award Winner!

Liszt and the Symphonic Poem (Cambridge University Press) by Joanne Cormac has been named winner of the 2020 Alan Walker Book Award. The award, sponsored by The American Liszt Society, carries a cash benefit of $1500. Congratulations to Ms. Cormac for this recognitition!

Southern California Chapter Presents
"Salute to Young Lisztians"

The Southern California Chapter of The American Liszt Society presented a Virtual Gala Concert featuring past winners of the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition (LAILC) as well as performances by board members of the chapter. The concert, which was a fundraiser to benefit the LAILC took place on Sunday, November 22 at 4:00 p.m.

The concert coincided with what would have been the date of the 16th edition of the competition and the night of the prizewinners' concert and ceremony. This year it would also have been a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. Yes, all of this would have taken place the weekend of the 22nd if it were not for COVID-19 having curtailed our celebratory events - stopping us in our tracks! (As you may know, the 16th LAILC will be taking place next March instead (the format TBA), as it has been postponed until then.)

You may still experience the event through the wonders of technology by accessing the link LAILC Fundraiser Concert. You will also want to visit the Southern California Chapter website.

ALS Treasurer Presents Virtual Recital

Dr. Daniel Paul Horn, treasurer of The American Liszt Society, presented a live-streamed piano recital on Saturday, October 10, 2020, sponsored by the Artist Series at Wheaton College. Originating from the beautiful new Armerding Concert Hall on the Wheaton campus, the program included the world premiere performance of Seven Mysteries, a 30-minute cycle by Richard Danielpour, along with Danielpour's Piano Fantasy; Mendelssohn's "Prelude and Fugue in E Minor," Op. 35, No. 1; and the Beethoven Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 ("Waldstein"). You may view a performance of the Danielpour premiere at Daniel Paul Horn recital.

New Festival Celebrates the Music of Carlos Guastavino

The Sonus Music Festival, an online event celebrating the 20th anniversary of Argentinian composer Carlos Guastavino's death, has now concluded. The seven-day event included a different program each evening and panel discussions, etc., during the day. The series began October 22, Liszt's birthday, with a performance of Guastavino's "Las Niñas," from Tres Romances Argentinos, played by ALS NY/NJ Chapter President, Gila Goldstein. Among other ALS members performing this year were pianists Daniel Glover, Pablo Lavandera, Joseph Kingma, and Nancy Roldán. The Festival was founded by Artistic Director Dr. Nancy Roldán, who was also the founder of the Liszt-Garrison Competition, co-sponsored for many years by The American Liszt Society. You can view past Festival events and various short videos on Facebook at Sonus Music Festival. The home page of the Festival is at Sonus Music Festival complete, another means by which to view Festival events.

Connecticut Chapter Presents
Virtual Piano Gala November 1

On Sunday, November 1, the University of Hartford (CT) Chapter of The American Liszt Society produced a virtual piano gala from Trinity Episcopal Church of Torrington, CT. Titled "60 Minutes of Liszt's Least and Most Acclaimed Works," Trinity Parish and the New Britain Museum of American Art served as co-sponsors of the event. The concert was available on facebook, Zoom, and other online platforms.

For this unique event, the Chapter engaged four pianists of international acclaim: Corbin Beisner, Paul Bisaccia, Margarita Nuller, and Justin Kolb. These virtuosi, who have appeared in Asia, Europe, and North and South America, emanate from the private studio of world-class pedagogue and pianist Luiz de Moura Castro. The guest pianist are members of de Moura Castro's "circle of pianists." The international media outlets have lauded the pianistic pyrotechnics of these performers, and their technical wizardry is supported by solid and refined musicianship.

Paul Barnes Performs in Recital at University of Nebraska

Celebrating both his twenty-fifth year at the Glenn Korff School of Music and his return to playing for a live audience, pianist and chanter Paul Barnes returned to the Lied Center for Performing Arts on Thursday, September 24, to present a contemplative and cathartic program of piano works inspired by the mystical world of Native American, Greek, Jewish, and Latin chant. Barnes, a concert pianist and Greek Orthodox chanter, has collaborated most recently with Philip Glass and Victoria Bond to create piano works based on ancient byzantine and Jewish chant. Barnes has also been a passionate champion of the works of Liszt and performs Liszt's late masterpiece, Via Crucis, the Way of the Cross. Barnes was joined by Nicholas Lemme and the Our Lady of Guadalupe Schola, who performed traditional Gregorian chant and assisted Barnes with the Greek Orthodox chant. World premieres on this program include Barnes' transcription of Philip Glass's Annunciation and David von Kampen's new piano work, Trisagion (2020). The overall theme of "bright sadness" permeates the program as the tremendous depth and intensity of ancient chant is seen through the bright prism of hope and love.



Requiescat in Pace: Nelita True

Dr. Nelita True has passed away. In speaking of Nelita, ALS President Jay Hershberger said, "I vividly remember a recital and master class in Tulsa that she gave when I was in high school. I had the pleasure of playing for her in that master class, and her comments, suggestions, demonstrations, and positive encouragement were truly inspiring and motivating. Think of the number of professionals that have achieved careers of high distinction as performers and pedagogues under her seasoned and masterful guidance. She truly was one of the finest teachers in the US during the latter half of the 20th century. Moreover, she was an elegant pianist whose playing was aristocratic and imbued with refinement and substantive musical insight. Nelita True's legacy has and will continue to shine into the future. Her memory may best be served by those of us who knew and admired her by following hard after her example as a wonderful human being and world-class artist/teacher."

To read an interview with Nelita by ALS board member Helen Smith Tarchalski, please click here.

Nelita True was honored by the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association at its 2020 Virtual Alumni Association Awards Ceremony on Thursday, January 28, 2021. If you would like to view an archival copy of this event, please go to Johns Hopkins Alumni Association First Virtual Awards Celebration.

In Memoriam: Nancy Bachus

"I am sorry to relay the sad news of the death of Nancy Bachus, long-time board member of the ALS and former student of the late ALS president, Fernando Laires. Nancy was a marvelous teacher and a well-known published pedagogue. Her enthusiastic and active support of the ALS as a board member was outstanding, and she was a wonderful professional colleague. We shall miss her and think of her with fond remembrance. We send our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends."

Jay Hershberger, President, The American Liszt Society



The deadline for the next issue of The American Liszt Society Newsletter Vol. 37 No. 2 (Winter/Spring 2022) is
                             April 15, 2022.

The issue will feature interviews with ALS board members Elyse Mach and Caroline Hong. Also in the next issue will be a preview of the October 2022 festival at Indiana University.

Member News, Chapter News, and other regular features of the newsletter will, of course, continue. Your contributions to the newsletters, such as your professional activities, students' achievements, interviews, etc., are most welcome and encouraged! Please send information as an e-mail or editable pdf to e.rath@comcast.net. Photos should be high res b/w or color. Thank you.