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MusicWorks 2006-2007 season
On Friday, April 13 MusicWorks brings Tanglewood-sized celebrity to the Mahaiwe Theatre in Great Barrington when they present Andre Watts in recital. The Grammy Award winning pianist's recital will support MusicWorks’ Holocaust music and art education programs in the Berkshires. The recital program will feature solo works for piano by Mozart, Schubert, Berio, Liszt and Chopin. This is a unique opportunity to hear one of America’’s finest pianists in an intimate performance to benefit MusicWorks’ ongoing efforts to provide Holocaust music education in the Berkshires. Watts is one of today's most celebrated and beloved superstars. In honor of his milestone birthday (60) and his numerous achievements and contributions to the world of classical music, he was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in June, 2006.
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. 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. Watts signed a long-term exclusive contract with CBS Records on his 21st birthday. In 1964 the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences presented Watts with a Grammy Award. By 1969 he was on a full-scale concert schedule, booked three years in advance. In February 1973 he was selected as Musical America's Musician of the Month. Mr. Watts remains one of today's most celebrated and beloved superstars. His performances each year with the world's great orchestras and conductors and his sold-out recitals and appearances at the most prestigious international festivals bring him to every corner of the globe. His most recent recording release features both Liszt piano concertos and MacDowell's Concerto No. 2 with the Dallas Symphony led by Andrew Litton for Telarc.
Tickets start at $18 per person. Selected tickets which include a post concert reception (provided through the generosity of The Castle Street Caféé) with Andréé Watts are available for $60 per person. For ticket sales and more information, contact the Mahaiwe Box office at 413-528-0100 or see www.mahaiwe.org for tickets. A special pre-concert dinner is available this evening for $40 per person at The Castle Street Cafe next door to the Mahaiwe. Contact the contact the cafe at 413-528-5244 or firstname.lastname@example.org for reservation information.
MusicWorks in the Berkshires is a not-for-profit music performance and music education organization based in Berkshire County, MA. Its mission is to present outstanding chamber music and to provide music education, awareness and appreciation to children and adults. MusicWorks was founded in 1985 by its Artistic Director Mark Ludwig, who is also a chaired violist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a Fulbright Holocaust Music scholar. For further information on MusicWorks programming, contact the MusicWorks information line at 413-698-2002 or see www.musicworksberkshires.org. MusicWorks is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.