Music of Franz Liszt to Be Featured in Free Concert at College
Acknowledged by many to be the greatest piano virtuoso who ever lived, the music of 19th century Hungarian entertainer and composer Franz Liszt will be celebrated in a free concert at Dalton State College by Pianist Dr. Joe Chapman on Thursday, November 10.
“An Evening with Franz Liszt” begins at 7:30 p.m. in Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall on the Dalton State campus. The program, made possible by the College’s Fine Arts and Lecture Series of the Office of Student Life, is free and open to the public but seating is limited and will be first-come, first-served.
“Liszt enjoyed composing and performing to the extreme, and his music portrays both sides of the Romantic ideal, swinging back and forth between bombastic virtuosity and romantic sentimentality,” says Chapman, Professor of Music at North Georgia College & State University and a perennial favorite of Dalton audiences. Chapman created the Liszt program to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of the musician’s birth.
According to Dr. Chapman, he will open the concert with Orage, a “thunderstorm that quickly encompasses the entire range of the keyboard.
“In stark contrast, the next work, Liebesträume, German for ‘a dream of love,’ oozes with sentimentality and flights of rapture,” he said. “The third piece is an etude entitled La Campanella, or ‘the little bell,’ which consists of tinkling variations on a theme originally composed by virtuoso violinist Nicolò Paganini.”
Following the descriptive Un Sospiro, Italian for “a sigh,” Chapman will conclude the first half of the program with Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. The second half of the program consists of a single work, Sonata in B Minor, a large scale composition that transforms a classical idea into a romantic masterpiece of epic proportions.
Dr. Chapman has performed in the United States and eight foreign countries as a a pianist, conductor, vocalist, and accompanist. He has presented numerous solo piano recitals in Georgia and throughout the Southeast, including programs for public radio and television. Beyond his expertise on the keyboard, he is also active as an arranger and composer. His music has been performed by choirs and bands from elementary schools to universities to churches to community ensembles in North America, Europe, and Africa.
Dr. Chapman serves as director of Keyboard Studies at North Georgia College & State University where he also founded and coordinates the College’s annual All American Piano Celebration which has brought hundreds of talented pianists to the Dahlonega campus to promote live performance of works by American composers since the festival was established in 1988.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance, he has served the music profession in a variety of capacities, including a term as president of the Georgia Music Teachers Association.