Franz Liszt's monumental output is a lifelong measuring stick for pianists. This body of work, by the composer/performer who arguably invented the modern conception of the "virtuoso," brings together all of NEC's piano majors, along with Preparatory students, in a series of seven bicentennial concerts, under the direction of NEC piano chair Bruce Brubaker.

This first of two Jordan Hall concerts offers the complete Switzerland and Italy volumes that constitute the first two locations Liszt "visits" in Années de pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage).

Années de pèlerinage
(Years of Pilgrimage)

Première année: Suisse (1848–1854)
(First Year: Switzerland)

Chapelle de Guillaume Tell Xixi Xiang
Au lac de Wallenstadt and Pastorale Asher Severini
Au bord d'une source (Beside a Spring) Soo Hee Ahn
Orage (Storm) Lucy Tan
Vallée d'Obermann Shaungning Liu
Eglogue (Eclogue) Santiago Lomelin
Le mal du pays (Homesickness)  Christian Gamboa
Les cloches de Genève: Nocturne Shuang Liang

Deuxième année: Italie (1839–1846)
(Second Year: Italy)

Sposalizio (a painting by Raphael) So Young Choe
Il penseroso Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa Hannah Lee
Sonetto 47 del Petrarca
Benjamin Woo
Sonetto 104 del Petrarca Wenbin Chen
Sonetto 123 del Petrarca Fang-Yi Chu
Après une lecture de Dante: Fantasia Quasi Sonata Luyao Liu

The series continues February 11.

Date: February 4, 2011 - 8:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: NEC’s Jordan Hall

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