NEW BRITAIN – The Virtuoso Studio of Luiz de Moura Castro brought dozens of visitors to the New Britain Museum of American Art Sunday.
This concert was hosted by the American Liszt Society’s Hartford Chapter, dedicated to the ideas and ideals of 19th-century Hungarian composer Franz Liszt.
“When I traveled in Europe I became familiar with the classical composers,” New Britain resident and concert attendee Bob Mathis said. “Liszt is a very popular classical musician and that’s what brings us out.”
South Church Pastor Jane Rowe was another attendee.
“I love piano music,” she told the Herald.
The event was named in honor of Grammy-nominated Brazilian pianist Luiz de Moura Castro. His wife Mary Bridget, an English pianist, spoke to the audience Sunday.
“Our Hartford chapter is one of about 20 chapters in the United States,” Bridget said. “Towards the end of his life Liszt had many people invited to his home for recitals. What we’re doing here is continuing in the Liszt tradition.”
Four friends of de Moura Castro performed a program that featured several pieces by Liszt and some by other romantic era composers.
Musician Justin Kolb opened the recital with Liszt’s “Apparitions” (two from a set of three).
“There’s no rhyme or reason, no connection between the three pieces,” Kolb pointed out. “They are like night and day.”
The NBMAA’s Sunday Music Series continues Sunday, July 10 with a performance by La Hot Jazz & Company at 3 p.m. Masks are required inside the auditorium.
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