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Piano students to play New York City’s Carnegie Hall Nov. 13

Alexander BeridzeA dozen Mason Gross School of the Arts pianists will perform a 200th-birthday celebration to honor Hungarian composer Franz Liszt at Weill Recital Hall in New York City’s Carnegie Hall. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 13, 2011. Associate professor of music Min Kwon directs.

“Liszt was the pianist’s pianist,” says Kwon, who also refers to the composer as a “ladies’ man. He was a virtuoso who could play anything; it’s so satisfying to play for that reason alone.” Kwon says the concert will be a “feast of sound,” featuring pianists from the United States, Korea, Ukraine, the Republic of Georgia, Taiwan, China and Japan. 

The program will explore various aspects of Liszt’s career, from what Kwon refers to as his early “virtuosic showpieces” to his more reflective later works. The evening will feature several Liszt études and transcriptions, as well as his Années de Pèlerinage, inspired by his travels, and his religious Deux Légendes.

Kwon describes Liszt as “the Elvis of classical music. Women adored him. This was unheard of for classical music at the time.” However, later in life, after the death of Liszt’s son and daughter, he studied theology and resided at a monastery.

“He went to such extremes in life,” Kwon says, just as he did in his music.

Kwon, an award-winning concert pianist, says Liszt’s “over-the-top” pieces are well-suited to the tastes of young musicians and will be a treat for classical-music aficionados.

The concert, she says, “is like having chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and lots of it: You can’t have this every day, but every once in a while, it’s just delicious.”

Carnegie Hall is at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue in New York City. Tickets to the Franz Liszt 200th Anniversary Gala are $25, $15 for alumni and students. Tickets are available by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting www.carnegiehall.org. For more information about any Mason Gross event, visit www.masongross.rutgers.edu, or call the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center ticket office at 732-932-7511.

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