Sunday , April 3,
2011 @ 3p.m.
"Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist."
feeling without forcing it to contend
and combine with thought, as it is forced in most arts and especially
in the art of words." Franz
Liszt has emerged as one of the most awe-inspiring figures in all of
music history. Regarded by most as the greatest pianist of all time,
Liszt's genius extended far beyond the piano to expand musical
composition and performance well beyond its 19th century limitations.
His unique compositions bewildered, inspired, and inflamed the
imaginations of his own era, yet quite miraculously, he also laid the
seeds for a series of schools that would flourish in the near and
distant future. Namely, the Late Romantic, Impressionist, and Atonal
schools. For these remarkable contributions, Liszt is unique, and his immense influence is unquestionably
Numerous reviews highly praised his achievements, as
he was the first superstar adored by the masses, and probably no other
composer in history received as much media attention in their lifetime.
Yet, that sinister sector of brutal critics and vicious gossip columns
did soil his reputation. The result was a culmination of improprieties
that "temporarily" blurred the vision of history. It's unfortunate that
Liszt had to endure such humiliation, as he would in later life insist
to his students not to perform his works in public, since the selfless
Liszt didn't wish to hinder their careers. Yet, it's comforting to know
truth does eventually prevail. For music history has dramatically been
altered by the ingenious inventions of this superlative master far more
than any such rivals, and possibly more than any other composer in
It's truly gratifying
to see how Liszt's sublime influence cascades over the centuries like a
Harry Clark wrote this
new work with great
affection for his friend and musical mentor, André Watts. We are thrilled that Mr. Watts joined by distinguished actor
will be on hand for the world premiere.
Liszt so fascinating was his relentless quest to experiment with sound,
and to release the very heart, soul and existence of human kind via
musical notation. A pioneer at every stage of his life Liszt had no
rivals, only jealous detractors or enlightened followers.
Not to brag, but without a doubt, this event is "THE EVENT" of the art season in Tucson.
This is an all Liszt program not to be missed.
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. Only 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, thus launching his
career in storybook fashion. More than 45 years later, André
Watts remains one of today's most celebrated and beloved superstars.
A perennial favorite with orchestras throughout the US, Mr. Watts is
also a regular guest at the major summer music festivals including
Ravinia, the Hollywood Bowl, Saratoga, Tanglewood and the Mann Music
Center. Recent and upcoming engagements include appearances with the
Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, New York and Los Angeles
Philharmonics, and the St. Louis, Atlanta, Detroit, Cincinnati,
Baltimore, Indianapolis, Seattle and National symphonies among others.
During the 10/11 season Mr. Watts plays all-Liszt recitals throughout
the US while recent international engagements include concerto and
recital appearances in Japan, Germany and Spain.
Mr. Watts' extensive
discography includes recordings of works by Gershwin, Chopin, Liszt and
Tchaikovsky for CBS Masterworks; recital CD's of works by Beethoven,
Schubert, Liszt and Chopin for Angel/EMI; and recordings featuring the
concertos of Liszt, MacDowell, Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saens on the
Telarc label. He is also included in the Great Pianists of the 20th
Century series for Philips.
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).
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.
With an impressive body of work over the
past 46 years on screen, stage, television, and with audio recording,
Michael York retains the enthusiasm for the actor’s life he first
experienced growing up in England. Joining the National Youth Theatre,
he played Shakespeare in London and Europe, going on to perform
extensively at Oxford University and graduating with an MA in English.
He joined Laurence
Olivier’s new National Theatre Company in 1965 and a year later made
his film debut in Franco Zeffirelli’s The Taming of the Shrew with
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. He was also Tybalt in
Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet and John the Baptist in his Jesus of
York’s more than 60
other screen credits include memorable roles in such films as Joseph
Losey’s Accident, Bob Fosse’s Cabaret with Liza Minnelli,
Something for Everyone with Angela Lansbury, the all-star Murder on the
Orient Express, The Last Remake of Beau Geste, as d’Artagnan in The
Three Musketeers, the title role in Logan’s Run, and opposite
Burt Lancaster in The Island of Dr. Moreau.
His television work
comprises over 80 credits, including The Forsyte Saga, Great
Expectations, Space, The Heat of the Day, A Knight in Camelot, The
Night of the Fox, and The Lot (Emmy nomination). Recently in Larry
David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, he was also a guest character in The
Simpsons and in the 100th episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent.
The Four Seasons has just been shown, as well as A Tale of Two Cities.
regional theater credits include Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Bent,
The Crucible, Ring Round the Moon, the world premiere of Tennessee
Williams’ Out Cry, and the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac. He was in
the musical of The Little Prince and recently toured the US in Camelot,
playing King Arthur.
For a complete biography of Mr. YORK please click here
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Watts performing Un Suspiro, by LIszt