Please join us in October for the 2018 American Liszt Society Festival and Conference. The general theme of this Festival is The Poetic Liszt. The festival is dedicated to the exploration of the many aspects of poetry in Franz Liszt’s life and works. His enthusiasm for literature and poetry is openly reflected in mottos and quotes Liszt put in front of numerous works. But this is not where the affiliations end, and we can assume deeper connections between the art forms of literature and music, as represented by this erudite cosmopolitan composer. This will function as a point of departure from whence the festival seeks to shed light on the many guises in which Liszt’s sensitivity to the written word appeared in his compositions.
Highlights will include:
• Epic tales
• The complete early Album d’un voyageur Vol. I
• A special lecture on Chopin by Alan Walker
• The Petrarch Sonnets (with and without words)
• The rarely heard Melodramas
• Liszt organ encounters
• And a lot more…
We are fortunate that Fall for Greenville weekend, a downtown food and music festival, will be happening the same weekend as the 2018 festival. The conference hotel will be downtown by Falls Park, so stick around after the Saturday banquet and enjoy Fall for Greenville hospitality! www.fallforgreenville.net
In the meantime, if you come early, you can visit the newly-opened Carolina Music Museum, with its over 40 English, European, and American pianos and harpsichords dating from
1570 to 1845. www.carolinamusicmuseum.org
Please see below for The American Liszt Society 2018 Festival website. There you will be able to find registration, hotel, and meal information. Come early – stay late! We’ll see you in October!
Learn More and Register: www.furman.edu/liszt-festival-2018
Derek Parsons, Artistic Director
2018 American Liszt Society Festival