July 31 represents the 110th anniversary of the death of composer and pianist Franz Liszt, but as “Lammas Eve,” it is also a night associated with all that is magical and scary, a kind of midsummer Halloween. How appropriate then to have Liszt represented at his most flamboyant and diabolical with his playfully sinister “Totentanz” (“Death-dance”), a virtuosic parody of the infamous “Dies irae” Gregorian chant from the traditional Mass for the dead, the perfect piece to mark the occasion and featuring Canadian pianist Louie Lortie as soloist, who will also open the program with Liszt’s Fantasia on a theme from Beethoven’s “Ruins of Athens.” It’s all conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, who will lead an encore of July 26’s mammoth Bruckner Seventh Symphony to close out the evening. (Dennis Polkow)
July 28 at Pritzker Pavilion, Michigan between Randolph and Monroe, (312)742-7638. 6:30pm. Free.