Saturday, February 25, 2023
Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, VBC
*Due to unforeseen complications, there has been a change in guest artist and a slight change in pieces.
Beethoven: King Stephen Overture
Liszt: Totentanz (Katherine Chi, piano)
Liszt: Les Preludes
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
One of the first rockstars of classical music, the Hungarian pianist and composer Franz Liszt galvanized nineteenth-century audiences with passionate performances of richly expressive music. It is said that young ladies collected his used handkerchiefs and made lockets from strands of his wild hair. Canadian pianist Katherine Chi plays Liszt’s diabolical Totentanz, “Dance of Death”. Liszt would be pleased to find himself featured alongside his idol Beethoven; we will hear the early Symphony No. 2 and the overture to King Stephen, written to commemorate the founding of the Kingdom of Hungary.