April 7, 2011
Iowa Liszt Festival will include UI Symphony performance with Nosikova
The University of Iowa School of Music will host the 2011 Iowa Liszt Festival Thursday through Saturday, April 21-23. During 2011, musical organizations throughout the world are celebrating the bicentennial of the birth of the Hungarian composer, piano virtuoso, conductor and teacher.
Events open to the public, free of charge, will be:
--"Beethoven and Liszt: Embracing Musical Expression," an opening concert by the UI Symphony Orchestra, conducted by William LaRue Jones and featuring pianist Ksenia Nosikova, at 7:30 p.m. April 21 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. The concert will be broadcast live on Iowa Public Radio's "Performance Iowa" series.
In the UI Symphony concert Jones will conduct Beethoven's Symphony No. 8, op. 93, in F major, and Liszt's popular "Les Preludes" (Symphonic Poem No. 3); and Nosikova will be the soloist in Liszt's arrangement of Beethoven's Fantasy on Motives from "Ruins of Athens" and Liszt's "Totentanz."
Nosikova, a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and faculty member in the UI School of Music, is a member of the American Liszt Society's board of directors and is the president of the American Liszt Society Iowa Chapter. Among her recordings is a critically acclaimed edition of the complete "Years of Pilgrimage" by Liszt.
When Liszt was a pre-teen prodigy he met Beethoven, studied by Beethoven's pupil Carl Czerny, transcribed the Beethoven symphonies for piano and wrote music for the dedication of the Beethoven monument in Bonn.
The program for Hand's recital will be Liszt's Prelude and Fugue on BACH, S. 260, "Evocation à la Chapelle Sixtine" (Miserere d'Allegri et Ave verum corpus de Mozart), S. 658, and "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen," Variations on a theme of Bach, from the 'Crucifixus' of the Mass in B minor, S.673; and the Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 by J.S. Bach.
The "Piano Transcriptions of Franz Liszt" concert will feature works transcribing or interpreting works by Schubert, Schumann, Wagner, Paganini, Bach and Mozart.
In his "Transcendental Piano" recital, Gurt -- the 1982 winner of the First Prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition -- will perform Liszt's "Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude," S. 173, and Sonata in B Minor, S. 178; and the Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Bach, op. 81, by Max Reger.
Biographies of the UI School of Music artists are accessible at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music//faculty_staff/alphabet.shtml.
The School of Music is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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