NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present pianist Jura Margulis in a guest recital, "Music of Franz Liszt," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.
Among the works to be performed are "Mephisto Waltz" and "Sonata in B minor," both of which reveal traits of Liszt the showman and Liszt the poet, explained Dr. Andrew Parr, SFA professor of piano.
"Piano enthusiasts will appreciate the technical virtuosity of Liszt's compositions and the artistic manner in which a top-level performer such as Jura Margulis handles them," Parr continued. "The program is a major event of the season!"
Russian-born Margulis, who is the inaugural holder of the Emily J. MacAllister Endowed Professorship in Piano at the J. W. Fulbright College of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, is an internationally recognized performer.
His orchestral appearances include performances with the Russian National Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Südwestrundfunk Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Venzuela, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra and the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
He has won prizes in more than a dozen international competitions and is a recipient of the Pro Europa prize awarded by the European Foundation for Culture.
Margulis has recorded seven compact discs for Sony, Ars Musici and Oehm Classics that cover a wide repertoire. Of his most recent CD (2009), All Music Guide wrote, "This CD is one of the best played, best interpreted, best programmed recitals of piano music of the year."
Tickets to the recital are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, please go to www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.