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Franz Liszt: Poet, Prophet and Protector

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Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 3:00pm | Gore Recital Hall

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Virtuoso concert pianist and former UD music faculty member, Leon Bates

Estimated Duration: 120 minutes including a 20-minute intermission

Perhaps best known for his virtuosic piano works, Franz Liszt’s reputation as “the world’s first rock star” fails to reflect the seriousness of his influence on the course of Western art music. As a leader of the New German School of composers, Liszt

left behind a prolific and diverse body of work. He was also a close benefactor, teacher and friend of many of the most prominent composers and musicians of his time, including Frédéric Chopin, Richard Wagner and Robert Schumann. African American virtuoso concert pianist Leon Bates, a former UD music faculty member, takes on this challenging program of works composed by Liszt and his associates to tell the story of Liszt’s life, work and influence. This concert celebrates

Black History Month at UD and is hosted by Ralph Ferretti, UD professor of education, and conceptualized by Mr. Ferretti and Master Players director Xiang Gao.

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This concert is supported by the UD Center for Black Culture.



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