André Watts with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

AUDIO: Host Terrance McKnight talks with André Watts

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Pianist Andre Watts Pianist Andre Watts (Courtesy of the artist)

Join us Friday at 8 pm for a live broadcast from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center featuring the New Jersey Symphony with piano soloist André Watts. Watts is featured in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 and Grieg's Piano Concerto. Conductor Peter Bay leads a program that also includes Mozart's Così fan Tutte Overture and Stravinsky's Four Norwegian Moods.

Watts has enjoyed decades of popular success since his breakthroughs performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 14 and the New York Philharmonic at 16 (in the Young People's Concerts under Leonard Bernstein). He went on to study with Leon Fleisher and often performs at commemorative events including Richard Nixon's first presidential inauguration in 1969 and the first full-length piano recital telecast in the U.S., on PBS's Live from Lincoln Center program. Now 69, he is known for bringing a lyrical quality to the standard piano repertoire, much of which he has recorded.

In an interview with host Terrance McKnight, Watts reflects on his long career and stature in classical music. "One of the things that happens when you get older is you want to have all the details but you don't believe that you have to shine the spotlight on every detail that passes by," he said. "You should have, with the passage of life, more attitude of vista, more overview, more big picture."

Watts also talks about the youthful qualities in Grieg, about receiving a Presidential Medal of Honor, and about playing multiple concertos in a program.

Listen to Terrance McKnight's full interview with Watts below.


Program:

Mozart: Overture to Cosi fan tutte
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major
Stravinsky: Four Norwegian Moods
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Peter Bay conductor
André Watts piano
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

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