Dear Lisztians the world over,

The Music Department of California State University, Northridge is delighted to welcome you to our campus during the first week of June, 2016, to attend the annual Festival presented by the American Liszt Society. Our University is honored to host the 52nd such Festival, which for the first time in its history will be located in Southern California.

The theme of the 2016 festival is "Liszt and Russia." The event promises to be a great musical feast for music lovers and professionals alike who may be interested in Franz Liszt and Romantic music. The three-day assembly, scheduled for June 3-5, 2016, will feature a variety of activities: enlightening lectures by music scholars, special musical collaborations in solo and duo piano, chamber, vocal, orchestral and wind ensemble performances, panel discussions, masterclasses and more. The participating performers will include some renowned American, European and Russian musicians, pianists, pedagogues, musicologists and critics; the festivities will also engage participation of a number of CSUN music faculty, students and alumni.

The American Liszt Society was founded in 1964 to promote the music and scholarship related to the life and work of the great Hungarian composer and pianist Franz Liszt (1811-1886) and the Romantic era, which he represents. The Society supports the advancement of the ideas related to Liszt and his times in the fields of musical composition, performance, theory and criticism. For fifty years ALS has attracted an elite following of scholars, pianists, composers, teachers, musicologists, critics and admirers of the Hungarian master.

Each year, the American Liszt Society presents a national festival of performances and lectures to highlight the historical significance of Franz Liszt's legacy. CSUN is proud to be the sponsor and host of the 2016 Festival, having the additional distinction of being the first Southern Californian venue to host the event. The festival, which will bring renowned performers and scholars to CSUN, was made possible by a partnership between the University, Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication, Music Department, Valley Performing Arts Center and the American Liszt Society.

Sincerely yours,
Dmitry Rachmanov
Artistic Director, ALS Festival 2016
Professor, Chair of Keyboard Studies
California State University, Northridge