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Ithaca College School of Music to Celebrate Franz Liszt's 200th Birthday

 ITHACA, NY — The great pianist and composer Franz Liszt was born on Oct, 22, 1811. In September and October, members of the Ithaca College School of Music piano faculty, along with piano performance majors, guest lecturers and alumni will participate in a festival to celebrate the bicentennial of Liszt’s birth. Titled “The Dualities of Liszt,” the festival will explore various sides of Liszt’s musical personality and the different aspects of his contributions to music.

Free and open to the public, all events will take place in the Hockett Family Recital Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music. For additional information, contact School of Music faculty members Jennifer Hayghe at or Charis Dimaras at

Friday, Sept. 9

  • 7 p.m. — Christopher Gibbs, professor at the Bard College of Music, will present a lecture on the theme of Liszt’s legacy: student or teacher?
  • 8:15 p.m. — Dimaras and Hayghe will perform Liszt’s “B-minor Sonata” as well as the piano sonata written by Julius Reubke, a pupil of Liszt, who composed the work as a tribute to his master.

Friday, Oct. 7

  • 6 p.m. — Piano majors from Dimaras’s studio will perform a selection of Liszt’s concert etudes.
  • 7 p.m. — Karl Lutchmayer, professor at London’s Trinity College of Music, will give a lecture on the theme of Liszt: technician or orator?
  • 8:15 p.m. — Dimaras, along with students and recent alumni, will perform selections from Liszt’s “Transcendental Etudes.”

Saturday, Oct. 8

  • 6 p.m. — Hayghe’s students will perform various transcriptions of Liszt’s work.
  • 7 p.m. — Lutchmayer will speak on “Liszt: Vandal, Curator, or Thief?”
  • 8:15 p.m. — Hayge will give a solo performance of Liszt’s transcriptions, including a paraphrase of themes from Bellini’s opera “Norma.”

Sunday, Oct. 9

  • 1 p.m. — A gala performance will feature at least nine School of Music alumni performing such Liszt favorites as the “Mephisto Waltz no. 1” and the “Spanish Rhapsody.”

Friday, Oct. 28

  • 7 p.m. — Jeffrey Engle ’69 will speak on Liszt, literature and the composer’s chamber music compositions.
  • 8:15 p.m. — A program of instrumental and vocal chamber music will focus on Liszt’s connection to literary figures and movements of the 19th century. String faculty Elizabeth Simkin and Susan Waterbury, along with vocal faculty Brad Hougham and Deborah Montgomery-Cove, will perform in collaboration with pianists Dimaras and Hayghe.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Molly O’Shea in the music school at (607) 274-3370 or We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.