Liszt vs. Chopin: Liszt's Piano Concerti Weekend

Long before the Beatles and the British Invasion of the 1960s, the intense fan frenzy of Lisztomania made Franz Liszt a classical music rock star. Channeling that profound artistry, charismatic pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and rising star Aikan Mikdad revel in the poetry of Liszt and the orchestra tells the tragic tale of Don Juan, a tone poem by Richard Strauss.

Did You Know...
Lisztomania or Liszt fever was the intense fan frenzy directed toward Hungarian composer Franz Liszt during his performances. Lisztomania was characterized by a hysterical reaction to Liszt and his concerts. Liszt's playing was reported to raise the mood of the audience to a level of mystical ecstasy. Admirers of Liszt would swarm over him, fighting over his handkerchiefs and gloves.

Music Shaped Liszt and Chopin's relationship:
Franz Liszt and Fryderyk Chopin wre collaborators, personal friends, and bitter rivals. 

They were born within a year of each other, and both achieved their greatest fame in Paris. Chopin dismissed Liszt as being another piano virtuoso, and Liszt described a Chopin recital as "singularly unpleasant and vindictive." However, Chopin dedicated his first set of études to Franz Liszt and Liszt was genuinely flattered. The true relationship between the two piano giants remains "half hidden, half revealed."

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This performance is at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis. Doors will open one hour and fifteen minutes before the performance.

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Les Préludes, Symphonic Poem No. 3


Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major (Mikdad)


Don Juan, Op. 20


Concerto No. 2 in A Major (Thibaudet)

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