2011-10-13 / News

URI to honor Franz Liszt’s 200th birthday

The University of Rhode Island will feature “Happy Birthday Franz,” an event to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer and pianist Franz Liszt on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. in the URI Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

Liszt’s influence on piano music and also other genres of 19th century classical music was immense. Dr. Manubu Takasawa, an associate professor at URI, coordinated the concert. “His piano writing, highly idiomatic, original, and technically challenging, pushed the limits of the instrument which was still going through its structural development,” Takasawa said. “He also taught many talented performers and teachers who influenced their next generation of musicians. In fact if a pianist traces the ‘genealogy’ of his/her teachers, one will often find Franz Liszt on the far end.”

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 students.

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