Sunday, November 7, 2010

André Watts Plays Beethoven's 'Emperor Concerto' With Indianapolis Symphony January 20, 21 & 22, 2011

[André Watts]

The renowned pianist André Watts will perform Beethoven's Emperor Concerto in three consecutive days of concerts, January 20, 21 and 22, 2011. Here is an excerpt from his Biography at

“André Watts burst upon the music world at the age of 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic in their Young People's Concerts, broadcast nationwide on CBS-TV. Only two weeks later, Bernstein asked him to substitute at the last minute for the ailing Glenn Gould in performances of Liszt's E-flat Concerto with the New York Philharmonic, thus launching his career in storybook fashion. More than 45 years later, André Watts remains one of today's most celebrated and beloved superstars.”

Carlo Rizzi, Conductor
André Watts, Piano
Hilbert Circle Theatre
January 20 11:00 AM
January 21 & 22 8:00 PM
Piano powerhouse André Watts, the elder statesman of American pianists, returns for his signature work, Beethoven's 'Emperor' Concerto. This beloved concerto often goes by its nickname alone, but Beethoven would not recognize it. A savvy British publisher dubbed the work 'Emperor' to capitalize on its noble character. After intermission Carlo Rizzi leads the Orchestra through the fourth and fifth movements of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, the wildest trip in all of music.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Emperor")

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
Symphonie fantastique - Mvts. 4 and 5

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