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Ithaca College School of Music to Continue its Celebration of Franz Liszt's 200th Birthday

 ITHACA, NY — The great pianist and composer Franz Liszt was born in October 1811, and the Ithaca College School of Music will celebrate his 200th birthday with a weekend of October events. Presented by piano faculty, piano performance majors, guest lecturers and alumni, the events will take place Friday to Sunday, Oct. 7 to 9, in the Hockett Family Recital Hall in the James. J. Whalen Center for Music. All lectures and performances are free and open to the public.

“The Liszt Festival was organized not only in celebration of the great pianist’s 200th birthday but also to celebrate the compositions of one of the most misunderstood musicians in the history of Western music,” said Jennifer Hayghe, associate professor of music performance. “Titled ‘The Dualities of Liszt,’ the festival will explore the often conflicting ideas about Liszt’s personality and character, and show everyone there is so much more to Liszt than his reputation as the great virtuoso and pianistic idol of the 19th century.”

The weekend events are listed below.

Friday, Oct. 7

  • 6 p.m. — Piano majors from the studio of Charis Dimaras, associate professor of music performance, 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. — Hayghe 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 School of Music alumni performing such Liszt favorites as the “Mephisto Waltz no. 1” and the “Spanish Rhapsody.”

“Dualities of Liszt” will conclude on Friday, Oct. 28, with a lecture by Jeffrey Engle ’69 entitled “Liszt and Literature” and School of Music faculty members performing a selection of Liszt’s instrumental and vocal chamber works.

For additional information, contact School of Music faculty members Jennifer Hayghe at or Charis Dimaras at

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