André Watts's 60-Year Legacy

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André Watts's 60-Year Legacy

Fabio Luisi Conductor
André Watts Piano

Weber Overture to Oberon
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4
Franck Symphony in D minor

The revered André Watts's professional career was launched at age 16 when Leonard Bernstein tapped him to perform with the New York Philharmonic, but he had already been discovered by The Philadelphia Orchestra six years earlier: He made his debut with the Philadelphians in 1957, as a 10-year-old winner of the Orchestra's Children's Student Competition. He has since appeared with the Orchestra over 100 times. This season we celebrate the 60th anniversary of that debut, with Watts performing Beethoven's profound Piano Concerto No 4. We welcome back Fabio Luisi, who made his well-received Orchestra debut in 2011 and holds titles with the Metropolitan Opera, Zurich Opera, and the Danish National Symphony. In this third appearance with us, he brings his impeccable touch to the Overture from Weber's Oberon. We conclude with Franck's Symphony in D minor. The New York Times calls it "moody, impetuous and keenly dramatic"; the composer himself called it "just music, nothing but pure music."

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Verizon Hall

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Philadelphia Orchestra

Thu, 02/02/2017
8:00 PM
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Fri, 02/03/2017
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Sat, 02/04/2017
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