Pianist Éva Polgár is touring four key cities in the US with her program EVOCATION, bringing the spirit of Hungary and Central Europe to American audiences through the compositions of Liszt, Debussy, and Kodály.
As the Hungary Foundation’s Cultural Ambassador of the Year, Ms. Polgár's solo piano recital at Nichols Concert Hall will celebrate the 140th birth anniversary of Hungarian legend Zoltán Kodály, as well as the 160 years since the birth of French composer Claude Debussy. The program will include Claude Debussy’s First arabesque and L'isle joyeuse; Zoltán Kodály’s Méditation sur un motif de Claude Debussy, Dances of Marosszék, and three movements of his Seven Piano Pieces, Op. 11. In the second half of the recital she will present a set of works by Franz Liszt that showcase the composer's wide range musical language from the impressionistic Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este to the dramatic and spiritual Legend No. 2, St. François de Paule marchant sur les flots.
The program is presented by the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition and the Chicago Chapter of the American Liszt Society.