André Watts

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André Watts

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Grammy Award-winning pianist André Watts will perform a recital on Friday, Feb. 18 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

The works of Franz Liszt will be presented by noted pianist André Watts as part of the Virginia G. Piper Piano Series, sponsored by the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

Tickets are available for $54 and $64 through Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Patron Services Box Office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787), ext. 2, or online at www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org.

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 its Young People’s Concerts, broadcast nationwide on CBS-TV. Only two weeks later, Bernstein asked Watts to substitute at the last minute for the ailing Glenn Gould in performances of Franz Liszt’s E-flat Concerto with the New York Philharmonic, thus launching his career in storybook fashion. More than 45 years later, Watts remains one of classical music’s most celebrated and beloved superstars.

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