Michael York to Star in Lisztian Loves: A Theatrical & Musical Portrait of Franz Liszt

News   Michael York to Star in Lisztian Loves: A Theatrical & Musical Portrait of Franz Liszt
 
Stage and screen star Michael York, who was most recently on Broadway in Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, will be part of the 2011 Ravinia Festival.

On July 20, as part of Ravinia’s festival-wide celebration of Franz Liszt’s bicentennial, York will portray the legendary composer in Lisztian Loves: A Theatrical & Musical Portrait of Franz Liszt.

Written and conceived by Harry Clark, the evening in the Martin Theatre will also feature celebrated pianist Andre Watts. Show time is 8 PM.

"After the death of Richard Wagner," press notes state, "an aging Franz Liszt in reverie recounts his many loves -- parents, piano, composing, conducting, lovers, children, students, priesthood, his native Hungary, and in the telling prepares himself for his own death: 'The artist is a bearer of the beautiful, he is like a priest ministering to his congregation.'"

Music selections will include a broad spectrum of the virtuosic Liszt to some of his most intimate late-period works, as well as the rarely-heard melodrama for speaker and piano, "The Sad Monk."

York has also been seen on Broadway in The Crucible, The Little Prince and the Aviator, Bent and Out Cry. York also appeared opposite Liza Minnelli in the film version of "Cabaret." For tickets, priced $65 (Lawn) and $10 (Park), visit www.ravinia.org.

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