Interpreting Liszt

February 12 & 13, 2010
Georgetown University
Washington, DC

Georgetown University’s Department of Performing Arts and PostClassical Ensemble celebrate the pioneering, virtuosic pianist, composer, and teacher Franz Liszt (1811-1886) with a two-day festival, Interpreting Liszt, on February 12 and 13, 2010 at Georgetown University. Free daytime conference events and two ticketed evening concerts will explore issues in interpreting the piano and choral music of Franz Liszt and showcase new perspectives on the Romantic artistic personality. The full schedule incorporates film, art, literature, historic recordings, expert speakers, and performances by acclaimed artists performing repertoire ranging from the familiar —the B minor Sonata, the Dante Sonata, Totentanz— to such novelties as the Pastorale from Christus and a pair of religious choral works.

The two evening concerts include Liszt and Italy on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. —incorporating readings and visual art and exploring Liszt’s relationship to masterpieces of literature, painting, and sculpture— and Angels and Demons on Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m., conducted by PostClassical Ensemble Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez, exploring the duality of an artist by turns religious and macabre.

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