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Greensboro, NC– Eastern Music Festival (EMF) welcomes world-renowned pianist AndréWatts on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at 8:00pm at Dana Auditorium, Guilford College, as part of the Lincoln Financial Festival Orchestra Series.
Repertoire for the evening includes: Michael Hersch: a sheltered corner (An EMF World Premiere); Brahms/Schoenberg: Piano Quartet in G minor, op.25; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, op.73 (Emperor).
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. More than 45 years later, André Watts remains one of today's most celebrated and beloved superstars.
André Watts has had a long and frequent association with television, having appeared on numerous programs produced by PBS, the BBC and the Arts and Entertainment Network, performing with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center among others. His 1976 New York recital, aired on the program Live From Lincoln Center, was the first full length recital broadcast in the history of television and his performance at the 38th Casals Festival in Puerto Rico was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cultural Programming.
A much-honored artist who has played before royalty in Europe and heads of government in nations all over the world, André Watts was selected to receive the Avery Fisher Prize in 1988. At age 26 he was the youngest person ever to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Yale University and he has since received numerous honors from highly respected schools including the University of Pennsylvania, Brandeis University, The Juilliard School of Music and his Alma Mater, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. In June 2006, he was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl of Fame to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his debut (with the Philadelphia Orchestra).
Previously Artist-in-Residence at the University of Maryland, Mr. Watts was appointed to the newly created Jack I. and Dora B. Hamlin Endowed Chair in Music at Indiana University in May, 2004.
Tickets for Eastern Festival Orchestra featuring André Watts, piano, are $45, General Admission and $55 Reserved Seating. They can be purchased online at www.EasternMusicFestival.org or by calling the EMF Box Office at Triad Stage at 336.272.0160 or 866.579.TIXX. The event will be held in Dana Auditorium at Guilford College on July 16, 2011 and is sponsored by Well•Spring Retirement Community.
About Eastern Music Festival
The Eastern Music Festival’s mission is to promote musical enrichment, excellence, professional collaboration, innovation, and diversity through a nationally-recognized teaching program, music festival, concerts, and other programs which will enhance the quality of life, health, and vitality of our region.
The Eastern Music Festival and School, founded in 1961 in Greensboro, North Carolina by Sheldon Morgenstern, is an internationally-renowned classical music festival and institute for young musicians that runs for five weeks each summer. The institute accepts students ages 14 through 22 from around the country and the world. The EMF faculty consists of world-class performing artists selected from top orchestras and music schools nationally and internationally. Gerard Schwarz serves as the music director and principal conductor for the Festival, and also serves as music director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. The upcoming 2011 season will mark Eastern Music Festival’s 50th anniversary in the Piedmont.
The 2011 Eastern Music Festival season is sponsored, in part, with support from Lincoln Financial Group, Holiday Tours, Triad Stage, The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, Davenport, Marvin, Joyce & Co, LLP., Pennybyrn at Maryfield, McMillion Capital Management, Inc., Well•Spring Retirement Community, Steinway & Sons, Piedmont Music Center, WFDD, WDAV, Yes! Weekly, the Thomas S. Kenan Foundation, the Mebane Charitable Foundation, UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Sign-A-Rama, the Greensboro Historical Museum, WCPE, Rice Toyota, and Norman B. Smith.
Proximity and O.Henry Hotel are the Official Hotels of EMF.
SABIAN is the official cymbal of the Eastern Music Festival.
Eastern Music Festival is supported with an investment from the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro. This project received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
*Dates, programs, venues, and artists are subject to change.
For more information about the Eastern Music Festival & School, visit www.EasternMusicFestival.org.
EMF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.