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The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Presents the BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL WITH ANDRE WATTS, 9/13

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Presents the BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL WITH ANDRE WATTS, 9/13

On Saturday, September 13 at 8:00pmat Hill Auditorium the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra opens the 2014-2015 season with an all-Beethoven celebration featuring renowned pianist André Watts. The concert will provide a memorable experience for both the life-long lover of classical music as well as the first-time music trialist.

"It is always exciting to make music with new colleagues and I am looking forward to my debut with the Ann Arbor Symphony!" said Mr. Watts in anticipation of performing Beethoven's monumentalPiano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, the "Emperor."

Conductor Arie Lipsky leads the orchestra in a special all-Beethoven season opening concert in historic Hill Auditorium which also features Leonore Overture No. 3 Op. 72b and the Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 6. The Symphony and its four-note opening motif in particular, are instantly recognizable because of their frequent appearance in film, TV, and pop culture. The Overture first defined what an overture is, and is one of four overtures written to introduce Beethoven's only opera,Fidelio.

The A2SO invites you to experience first hand the virtuosity of André Watts, an award-winning renowned pianist known for his insightful and rhapsodic interpretations of classical music greats. Born in Nuremberg, Germany, André Watts was a piano prodigy who played with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 9 and made his New York Philharmonic debut at age 16, under the baton of Leonard Bernstein. Watts is considered one of classical music's modern greats, having performed internationally and received a host of awards and honors, including the 2011 National Medal of Arts, given by President Obama to individuals who are deserving of special recognition for their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States.

The A2SO is proud to announce that the Beethoven Festival with André Watts is sponsored by the UM Centers of Excellence: Brehm, Frankel Cardiovascular, Comprehensive Cancer & Transplant Centers.

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