The Sebits Auditorium will be alive in celebration of Franz Liszt’s 200th birthday at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Riney Fine Arts Center.
Dr. James Knight, Friends University professor of piano, will perform in honor of Liszt – the Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor and teacher – who was born Oct. 22, 1811. In fact, musicians all over the world are programming Liszt’s works in honor of the occasion; and even the Budapest Ferihegy International Airport has been renamed the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport.
“This is my modest endeavor to add to the great celebrations being held,” Dr. Knight said.
Dr. Knight’s recital will include selections from the three books of the Années de Pèlerinage and what is thought of as Liszt’s greatest piano piece, the Sonata in B Minor.
“The pieces I've chosen are from the three books of the years of pilgrimage, which Liszt wrote in various times of his life depicting scenes of his many travels,” said Dr. Knight.
Another highlight of the performance, Dr. Knight said, will be the Dante Sonata, “which is a somewhat free depiction of the ‘Inferno’ section of Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy.’”
This event is free and open to the public. For more information about this show or other Fine Arts events and performances, please call the Friends University Fine Arts Office at 316-295-5677.