Thursday, October 31, 2019

“Liszt as a Rockstar” Local Musicologist Nicholas Stevens to speak at ConverZations

The Canton Symphony Orchestra welcomes Nicholas Stevens, a professor of music at the University of Akron, to speak at the next ConverZations lecture entitled “Liszt as a Rockstar”. This free lecture will be held on Monday, November 11 at noon at the Zimmermann Symphony Center. In this one hour lecture, Stevens will discuss the unique life of Franz Liszt and how he changed the way music was performed and the way musicians were viewed by being the “Original Rockstar”.

A Senior Lecturer at the University of Akron School of Music, Instructor at Cleveland State University, and lecturer at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Nicholas Stevens is among Northeast Ohio’s busiest musicologists. He earned a Ph.D. in music history at Case Western Reserve University in 2017. Also active as a music journalist, he writes for Cleveland Classical and I Care if You Listen, the internet’s best contemporary-classical magazine. He has taught college courses across the span of music history, from ancient Greek song to hip hop, and is currently working on a book about opera in the twenty-first century. The music of the Romantic generation serves as a reference point in his understanding of the classical tradition, and future research projects will involve the lasting influences of composers such as Berlioz and Liszt on the music of our time.

ConverZations is a series of free public discussions, held at the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17th Street NW) and scheduled the second Monday of every month through April 2020. For more information on upcoming ConverZations lectures and other Canton Symphony Orchestra events, visit

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