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I've been on a big classical music kick lately, mostly listening to Dvorak's New World Symphony.  May be time to mix it up a bit.  I noticed that there's a series of free concerts going on at the Boston Conservatory for the next several days. 

To mark the 200th birthday of Franz Liszt (born October 22, 1811), Boston Conservatory students, faculty and visiting artists present seven retrospective concerts honoring the phenomenal composer and keyboard titan. All performances take place in Seully Hall at 8 The Fenway.

General admission tickets to the March 8 Piano Masters Concert by André Laplante is are $15, $10 for students and seniors.  All other Lizst Festival performances are free.

March 3, 8 p.m.
Infernal Virtuoso

An all-Liszt recital performed by 21-year-old Ukrainian pianist Oleksandr Poliykov, who already has more than 20 international prizes to his credit. In 2010, he was Silver Medalist in the Weimar International Liszt Competition, leading to solo and orchestral concerts in Germany. Later in the month, he will take this program to the International Liszt Competition in Utrecht, The Netherlands. FREE

March 4, 8 p.m.


Ya-Fei Chuang, Jung-Ja Kim and Janice Weber join students from their studios in a cavalcade of Hungarian Rhapsodies. FREE

March 6, 8 p.m.


Dr. William Cutter conducts The Boston Conservatory Chorale in Via Crucis (The Way of the Cross), and Boston Conservatory faculty members Victor Jannett, Thomas Gregg, and students perform Liszt lieder. FREE

March 8, 8 p.m.

Piano Masters: André Laplante
Since winning the Silver Medal the Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia, Canadian pianist André Laplante has firmly established himself as one of the great romantic virtuosos. Honored in 2005 as an Officer of the Order of Canada, he plays a wide-ranging repertoire with burning intensity. His award-winning recordings and active international concert schedule place him in an elite circle as one of today’s most significant pianists. Michael Lewin, artistic director.

BACH -BUSONI: Adagio in a minor
HAYDN: Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob.: 52
RAVEL: Sonatina
LISZT: Années de Pèlerinage; Book II—Italy

March 12, 2 p.m.


The final concert of the Liszt Festival Bicentennial Celebration features the recipients of the Lee and Churchill scholarships for the 2010-2011 academic year, plus members of the piano faculty in performances of solo and four-hand works by Liszt. FREE

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