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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Jan. 7, 2011

Northwest to host Franz Liszt Bicentennial Festival

Rosario Andino

Rosario Andino

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University's Department of Music is proud to announce the Franz Liszt Bicentennial Festival, a celebration of the life and works of the great Romantic-Era pianist.

The event on Sunday, Feb. 6, will be highlighted by musical performances and a guest lecture. All of the events are free and open to the public.

Rosario Andino, an internationally recognized concert pianist, will highlight the festivities with a guest recital and lecture. Cuban-born and American-bred, Andino gave her first concert at age 6. She graduated with highest honors from the Fischermann Conservatory in Havana and later from the Chatham Square Music School in New York City. She has won numerous awards, including the coveted Music Critics Circle Prize in Cuba and the Pittsburgh Society of Musical Arts prize.

"The Franz Liszt Bicentennial will be one of the most important classical musical events of the decade and will be observed at important music centers around the world," said Dr. Ernest Kramer, professor of music at Northwest. "We're excited to have a once-in-a-lifetime performance by world-class artist Rosario Andino, who will be playing some of the most difficult and exciting pieces ever composed for the piano."

The guest recital featuring Andino begins at 2 p.m. Northwest music students will then present a Liszt Student Recital at 4 p.m. Both performances are in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

Andino also will present a 50-minute lecture, titled "The Life and Music of Franz Liszt" at 5 p.m. in Room 244 of the Fine Arts Building.

Refreshments will be served after the event.

Liszt, who was born in 1811 in Hungary and lived to age 74, is regarded as one of the greatest pianists of all time. A rock star in his day, Liszt composed popular works including "Concerto in Eb," "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" and his "Mephisto Waltz No. 1."

The festival is possible by a Missouri Arts Council grant and a Northwest Culture of Quality grant.

For more information contact Dr. Ernest Kramer by phone at 660.562.1319 or by e-mail at kramer@nwmissouri.edu

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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