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Happy Birthday, Liszt!

On Saturday 22nd October music-lovers throughout the world will celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Franz Liszt, pianist-extraordinaire, forward-looking composer and musical innovator, conductor, dedicated pedagogue, champion of others’ music, tireless traveller, writer, entrepreneur - the list is seemingly endless in a long and fruitful life which was also marked by generous support for musical and political causes and fellow human beings in need. Liszt died in Bayreuth on 31st July 1886.

Music-Makers paid its own tribute to this pivotal musical figure on 27th May with an all-Liszt solo piano recital performed by Gusztáv Fenyő at St Bride’s Church in Glasgow’s West End. As part of the continuing celebrations, Gusztáv will perform this programme in five cities in Hungary - Balassagyarmat, Budapest, Szeged, Debrecen and Győr - between 24th and 28th October, and again at Birmingham Conservatoire on 14th December. He will also be giving masterclasses at some of these venues. (Full details on request.)

If you missed the Glasgow concert and are unlikely to be visiting Hungary or Birmingham, there’s no need to feel left out as you will find some excerpts of Gusztáv playing Liszt at St Bride’s on YouTube.

Looking further ahead, we have now fixed dates for our Vienna Series, postponed from the Autumn to Spring 2012 due to a clash elsewhere in the city. The dates for your diary are March 2nd, 30th, April 27th and May 18th.

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19/10/11

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