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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.
--"Interpreting Liszt," a piano master class for UI piano students by guest artist Michael Gurt from Louisiana State University that may be observed by the public, at 9:30 a.m. April 22 in the University Capitol Centre (UCC) Recital Hall.
--"Liszt, Religion and Death," a lecture-recital by guest artist Thomas Mastroianni, president of the American Liszt Society and professor emeritus at the Catholic University of America, at 1:30 p.m. April 22 in the UCC Recital Hall.
--"Influences on Liszt's Organ Music," a recital by School of Music faculty member Gregory Hand, at 7:30 p.m. April 22 in the Riverside Recital Hall.
--"Liszt and the Beethoven Symphony Transcriptions" by Liszt biographer Alan Walker, an emeritus faculty member of McMaster University in Canada, at 11 a.m. April 23 in the UCC Recital Hall.
--"Piano Transcriptions of Franz Liszt" featuring UI alumnus Scott Dunn; guest artistis Daniel Rieppel of Southwest Minnesota State University and Nicholas Roth of Drake University; and UI faculty members Alan Huckleberry, Rene Lecuona and Uriel Tsachor at 3 p.m. April 23 in the Riverside Recital Hall.
--"Transcendental Piano," a recital by Gurt at 7:30 p.m. April 23 in the Riverside Recital Hall.


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.

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