Dear Festival Guest,

On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of California State University, Northridge, I am pleased to welcome you to the 52nd Annual Franz Liszt Festival. CSUN is pround to be hosting the international festival on the occasion of the event's first apperance in Southern California.

Home to more than 41,000 students and 4,200 employees, CSUN serves as a center of the arts for the community and is especially proud of its strong commitment to the performing arts. This commitment is reflected by the international reputation of CSUN's Department of Music and the presence of our award-winning Valley Performing Arts Center, which just in its fifth season has already developed a reputation for being an outstanding and friendly venue for artists and classical music.

The CSUN community is grateful to the American Liszt Society and its president, Dr. Jay A. Hershberger, as well as the organizers of the Franz Liszt Festival, for bringing this prestigious event to our campus. Our thanks also to Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov, who is the artistic director of this year's festival and a member of CSUN's music program.

Please accept my warmest wishes for a successful festival that celebrates the music of Franz Liszt. We hope your visit to CSUN and Southern California is enjoyable and memorable.

Sincerely,

Dianne F. Harrison, Ph. D.
President
California State University Northridge