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Last modified: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Liszt’s 200th birthday celebrations planned at IU Jacobs School of Music

Oct 11, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer and piano virtuoso Franz Liszt in four concerts that feature guests, faculty and student performers in solo, collaborative and choral works.

Scheduled for three Thursdays, Oct 27, Nov. 3 and Nov.10, and Sunday afternoon, Nov. 13, the concerts will capture Liszt's diverse range of compositions from the early virtuoso years to the late works that point the way to the 20th century. The project is coordinated by Jacobs School of Music professor Karen Shaw, current president of the IU chapter of the American Liszt Society.

The opening concert, Oct. 27 in Auer Hall at 8 p.m., will feature pianist and Jacobs alumnus Steven Spooner, who will perform a variety of Liszt works, as well as a recent composition written for him by Mohammed Fairouz. In the same concert, the University Singers, conducted by Richard Tang Yuk, will perform Liszt's Die Seligkeiten, based on text from The Gospel of Matthew.

The next two concerts take place in Recital Hall at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. On Nov. 3, faculty and students will come together for a program of original works and transcriptions by Liszt. Performers include pianists Evelyne Brancart, Jean-Louis Haguenauer, Edmund Battersby and Karen Shaw; soprano Carol Vaness; and cellist Sharon Robinson. Guest Davis Hart will accompany Vaness and mezzo-soprano student Rachel Woods. Doctoral student Luke Norell will perform a duo-piano selection with his duo partner.

On Nov. 10, student pianists will present "Liszt through the Years: Compositions from early, middle, late years," showcasing a wide range of the composer's piano music.

The final event, on Nov. 13 in Auer Hall at 4 p.m., will feature guest pianist and alumnus Frederic Chiu, who enjoys a busy professional performing career. Chiu will offer an original program, "Monument to Beethoven," which includes Schumann's Fantasie, Op. 17, and the fiendish transcription of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 by Liszt.

All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information about upcoming events, including updates, please visit