posted March 7, 2000

Pianist Performs March 13

It will be a full evening of Liszt when concert pianist Teresa Walters performs at Hope College on Monday, March 13, at 8 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

          The public is invited.  Admission is free.
          Walters has performed in almost all 50 states, as
  well at tours in Australia, Japan and Hungary.  She has also
  performed at New York's Carnegie Recital Hall, Wigmore Hall
  in London, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the
  Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and several other
  prominent international locations.
          Her Hope performance will consist entirely of
  pieces by Franz Liszt, the Hungarian composer and pianist
  who lived from 1811 to 1886.  Although known for his
  flamboyant lifestyle and performances, many of Liszt's works
  reflect his spiritual beliefs, which came to the forefront
  when he took minor orders in Rome in 1865.
          The evening will open with his "Harmonies
  Poetiques et Religieuses," which underwent a metamorphosis
  of almost 20 years.  In its final form, the collection
  contains 10 musical meditations introduced by the
  "Invocation."  The next movements are the "Pensee des morts"
  and the "Benediction."
          The next piece is titled "Three Hymns," and
  includes the "Hymne du Matin (Hymn of Morning)," "Hymne de
  la Nuit (Hymn of the Night)" and "Hymne du Pape (Hymn of the
  Pope)."  These hymns were unpublished until 1981, when the
  New Liszt Edition was published.
          Walters will then perform Liszt's "Ave Maria
  d'Arcadelt" and "Alleluia."  Both were written in 1862, and
  the Ave Maria piece is one of six works Liszt wrote with the
  title of Ave Maria.
          The second half of the concert will be devoted to
  Liszt's "Sonate in b minor."  Considered one of the most
  important works in piano literature, the Sonate has been
  recorded more than 300 times.  Although many audience
  members were taken back by the piece when it was first
  performed, composer Richard Strauss immediately saw what
  became apparent to others later.
          "If Liszt had written nothing but his b minor
  Sonata," he wrote, "it would have sufficed to show what
  manner of man he is."
          The piece is a musical portrayal of the eternal
  struggle between good and evil within the human condition,
  culminating in the God-given final triumph of the human
  soul.
          In 1998, Walters' CD of Liszt's sacred piano music
  was nominated for the Grand Prix du Disque of the Hungarian
  Liszt Society.  A specialist in Liszt's music, Walters is
  under contract with Archangelus Records for a multi-volume
  recording project of Liszt's rare and virtually unknown
  sacred music.
          Volume I, titled "The Abbe Liszt," has already
  been released to critical acclaim.  The "American Record
  Guide" said, "Teresa Walters is committed to the repertoire,
  and has the technique and imagination to bring it off."
          Her concerts have received similar acclaim.  The
  "New York Times" reviewed her New York debut, saying that
  "not a note was smudged in the pages of intricate
  passagework, and her conception had all the requisite sweep,
  power, and warm sonority.  Each piece received the same
  immaculate treatment."
          Walters' performance at Hope College is being
  sponsored by the college's department of music and an
  anonymous benefactor who is supporting her appearances at
  Reformed Church of America colleges and seminaries.
          Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 12th Street
  and College Avenue.