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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

Oregon Chapter to Perform Complete Hungarian Rhapsodies

The Oregon Chapter of The American Liszt Society, inspired by the Michigan Liszt Festival that begins on October 15, is putting together a performance of all 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies (not only 15!) on October 23 and 24. This will be 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.

The American Liszt Society 2021 Festival is ON!!!

The 2021 festival of The American Liszt Society at the University of Michigan is now officially scheduled for October 15 - 18, 2021! Matthew Bengtson, host of the 2021 ALS festival, has informed the ALS Executive Committee that the University of Michigan has lifted some of its previous restrictions on external speakers and performers. Matt does extend caution that the required wearing of masks is probable. The UM and ALS are not responsible for changes in health restrictions related to the subsequent course of the pandemic. But for now, we are planning to hold the festival as scheduled!! For more information, please go to 2021 Liszt Festival.

Tatiana Shustova to Perform Recital on October 17

ALS member Dr. Tatiana Shustova will celebrate the 210th birthday of Franz Liszt with a recital of his works and other classical favorites on October 17, 2021. 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.

Tatiana's program will take place in the St. Charles (IL) Public Library's Carnegie Community Room at 2:00 p.m. on the 17th. The venue is located at 1 South 6th Avenue in St. Charles, IL. The concert is funded by the St. Charles Public Library Foundation.

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

The Southern California Chapter of The American Liszt Society is excited to present its third biennial festival this coming fall. This year's festival will be an online, virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will celebrate the legacy of Franz Liszt and present a platform to showcase the talent of young musicians of Southern California.

On November 20, the festival will include a masterclass for pre-college students with Professor Hans Boepple; a pre-college student recital; and the premiere of a music documentary celebrating 30 years of the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition (LAILC). On November 21, the festival will feature a masterclass for college students with British author, pianist, and pedagogue Paul Roberts; a lecture recital with Paul Roberts on the topic, "Reading Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage II: Suisse and Literature," followed by a Q&A period; a college student recital, and the announcement of the award for the best Liszt performances in the pre-college and college categories. For more information, please see Southern California Chapter Festival.

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, presented by New Piano Collective, 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.

News from the Franz Liszt International
Piano Festival and Competition

FLIPFAC "Virtual Edition 2021" has been organized by the Ohio Chapter of The American Liszt Society. A nice poster announcing the event may be found at flipfac.

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 Bengston in Recital Saturday, March 13

Matthew Bengston, 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. 1 (Summer/Fall 2021) is
                             December 15, 2021

The issue will feature interviews with ALS board members Elyse Mach, Paul Barnes, and Steven Spooner, a review by Terrence McNeill of Joseph Banowetz's new book, The Performing Pianist's Guide to Fingering, and a special interview with pianist Lorin Hollander. Also, the reults of the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition and Festival (of Ohio), a follow up of the 2021 festival, plus a preview of the 2022 festival (theme, dates, location) as projected.

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.