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‘Mad About Madeleine’ Piano Party Oct. 16 Honors Boise State Piano Professor Emerita Madeleine Hsu Forte

The Department of Music at Boise State University will pay special tribute to emeritus professor of piano Madeleine Hsu Forte with the “Mad About Madeleine” Piano Party from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, in the Morrison Center Recital Hall.

The event is free but seating is limited. Call (208) 426-2700 to RSVP.

Hsu Forte taught at Boise State for 26 years before retiring in 1997. The program will include Hsu Forte performing Chopin’s “Barcarolle” and Boise State alumni Debra Riedel, Janos Kery, Anna Kijanowska, Charles Enlow, Lora Borgalthaus Kelly, Luann Fife, Robyn Riggers and Dan Immel performing works by Bach, Mozart, Debussy, Poulenc, Ravel, de Falla, Liszt, Szymanowski, Chopin, Bacewicz and Saint Saens.

As part of the event, a Steinway Model B grand piano, donated by Riedel to honor Hsu Forte, will be dedicated.

“This generous gift to the Department of Music is a fitting tribute to the fine work of Madeleine during her tenure as a faculty member at Boise State,” said Mark Hansen, chair of the department.  “Dr. Hsu Forte has created a legacy of fine pianists, many of whom still reside in the Treasure Valley and contribute to the quality of musical life in our community. This excellent new instrument provides opportunity for a new generation of pianists to learn and grow at the highest possible level.”

Hsu Forte holds a musicology diploma from the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris in the class of Norbert Dufourcq, artist diplomas from the Ecole Normale and the Warsaw Conservatory in the class of Zbigniew Drzewiecki, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Rosina Lhevinne and Martin Canin, and a Ph.D. from New York University.

She is an accomplished recording and performing artist and has performed as a soloist with orchestras in France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Poland, Estonia, Hungary, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Austria, England, Norway, the United States, Canada, China, Japan and South Korea.    She also is the author of several publications, including the book “Olivier Messiaen, the Musical Mediator.”

Hsu Forte lives in Connecticut with her husband Allen Forte, Battell Professor of Music Theory, emeritus, at Yale University and fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.


Media contact: Sherry Squires, University Communications, (208) 426-1563,

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As an emerging metropolitan research university of distinction, Boise State University plays a crucial role in the region’s economic development and famed quality of life. Idaho’s largest institution of higher education offers nearly 200 degrees and certificates in seven colleges. While remaining committed to the strong teaching legacy that has resulted in 11 Idaho Professor of the Year awards since 1990, Boise State’s added emphasis on innovation and creativity is fueling the fastest growing research program in Idaho.

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