American Landmark Festivals and the Smith Opera House present outstanding virtuoso Hungarian pianist Ernö Fehér in the first of this season’s series of concerts honoring the birth of great composers.
On Oct. 22, the 193rd anniversary of the birth of legendary pianist and composer Franz Liszt, Fehér will perform a concert featuring the stupendous B-Minor Sonata by Liszt, as well as the first book of Preludes by Debussy. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show.
Born into a Roma family in Hungary, Fehér’s virtuosity coupled with his acute musical sensitivity has attracted critical acclaim in concerts throughout Europe, Asia and in the United States. A 2004 Masters graduate of the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Fehér is the winner of many competition prizes culminating in a Silver Medal and two Special Honors at the 2004 Bela Bartok International Piano Competition in Hungary. In recent seasons he has appeared as soloist with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony, the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra, Keeskemet Symphony Orchestra, the BM Duna Symphony Orchestra, Szeged Symphony Orchestra, and the Gyõr Symphony Orchestra and in recitals in Germany, Japan, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States, in addition to his native Hungary.
Fehér will appear in New York City and Chicago in the 2004-05 season and has been invited to record the Debussy Preludes for broadcast on Hungarian Radio.
Other piano concerts in this series include Francis Heilbut celebrating Beethoven’s birth on Dec. 16 and Siiri Schutz playing work by Mendelssohn on Feb. 3.
Tickets to each of the recitals are $15 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. They are on sale at The Smith box office, Area Records and Music, and The College Bookstore. Contact The Smith at 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 866-355-LIVE to purchase tickets or for more information. All concerts are at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street.
The Great Composers Birthday Celebration series is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.