The American Youth Symphony and Piano Virtuoso Andre Watts at the Chandler Pavilion
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The last date listed for American Youth Symphony 42nd Annual Gala, Featuring Pianist Andre Watts was Sunday April 1, 2007 / 6:00pm.
p. ROSSINI Overture to The Barber of Seville
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 (“Italian”)
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”)
The American Youth Symphony has attained a reputation as one of the nation’s most prestigious artistic institutions for young people, a rigorous training program for some of the country’s best pre-professional musical artists and one of Southern California’s most honored cultural treasures. Talent and potential are the only criteria for admittance to the orchestra. Countless AYS alumni are currently members of some of the finest professional orchestras worldwide.
Under the musical direction of Alexander Treger, AYS continues to flourish, nurturing young musicians while holding them to the very highest artistic standards.
Andre 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 40 years later, André 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.
During the 06/07 season, Mr. Watts celebrates his 60th birthday and the 50th anniversary of his debut (with the Philadelphia Orchestra). In honor of this milestone, 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. During this special season, Mr. Watts performs with many of the American orchestras with which he has had close relationships for many years, including the Philadelphia Orchestra in Philadelphia, Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Atlanta, St. Louis, National, Indianapolis, Seattle, Milwaukee, Colorado and New Jersey symphonies. He also appears in recital throughout the country, including at Orchestra Hall in Chicago and Orchestra Hall in Detroit under the auspices of the Chicago and Detroit symphonies.