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September 28, 2013

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Tickets: Regular $12, Students and Children $10

Masterwork Performance by: Dr. John Cobb and Christopher Tavernier
 Darcel Grimes will be the Master of Ceremonies

Incredible Review of the Concert by CVNC!

The World Masterwork Series will be kicking off October's breast cancer awareness month. Donations are welcome to WNC “Ladies Night Out” for early detection of breast cancer. All proceeds from the sale of tickets will benefit the WNC Asheville Area program for the early detection of breast cancer.

This is a tribute to Franz Liszt, a “Direct Musical Descendant of Ludwig van Beethoven” became renowned in Europe during the nineteenth century for his virtuosic skill as a pianist.  It was said by Liszt’s contemporaries that he was the most technically advanced pianist of his age and in the 1840’s he was considered by some to be perhaps the greatest pianist of all time, even to this day.

Dr. John Cobb and Christopher Tavernier who are “Direct Musical Descendants of Franz Liszt” are “Preserving the Musical Lineage of Franz Liszt” in the conclusion of four World Masterwork Series.  This is a one of a kind “World Masterwork Series” performance where the entire program will be performed on two Grand Pianos. 

Dr. John Cobb and Christopher Tavernier together are going to take you on a spectacular musical journey through Liszt’s brilliant compositional career.  It begins with Etudes, or studies, which were Liszt's earliest interest in life - he began writing them as a child.  His greatest etudes are the 12 Transcendental Etudes and 6 Paganini Etudes; a selection of both will be performed.  Paganini was the world's greatest violinist, and is still a legend.  He inspired Liszt to become the world's greatest pianist, and these Etudes are based on Paganini's music and also are a tribute to him.  Liszt was also inspired to become the nineteenth century's most influential and progressive composer.  In the process he invented the Symphonic Poem, an orchestral work based on a story.  This performance includes two of these works; pieces which Liszt wrote specifically for the piano, and which he based on religious subjects.  Liszt also wrote piano music in traditional forms, one of which will be played. Among Liszt's many pioneering activities was the celebration of ethnic music - he wrote the first book on the music of the Gypsies.  He transcribed five authentic Hungarian folk songs for piano, and intended for the text to be read aloud. 

Freeburg Pianos has made this possible by bringing in two Perzina Grand Pianos.  These pianos will be tuned to the Equal Beating Victorian Temperament restoring the original tones and colors of the Piano. Through the music of Franz Liszt, we will restore the “Lost Colors and Sounds of the Romantic Period”.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Perzina Pianos, WTZQ Radio, Mary Comerford Memorial Fund and True Foundation Photography

Tickets: Regular $12, Students and Children $10


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