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Andrew Litton and André Watts

About this Concert:

Every André Watts performance delivers a blend of raw power and heartfelt poetry that makes his concerts must-see and must-hear events.

TCHAIKOVSKY
Suite from Sleeping Beauty

MACDOWELL
Piano Concerto No. 2

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 3

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Fun Facts:

  • Watts first stunned the music world at age 16 with the New York Philharmonic, and last year a Los Angeles Times reviewer raved that “…at 69, Watts is playing like a teenage phenom.”
  • André Watts was born in Germany after WWII when his G.I. father met and married a young Hungarian who became the boy’s first piano teacher.
  • Edward MacDowell’s Piano Concerto broke the fast-slow-fast model of 19th-century concertos, beginning with a slow, expansive first movement that glides in soft and quiet as dawn.
  • For years, biographers believed MacDowell went mad near the end of his too-short life, but research now points to the powerful effects of seasonal affective disorder and toxic late-19th century medications prescribed to cure him.
  • Sleeping Beauty is by far the longest of Tchaikovsky’s three ballets. An uncut performance of it will be a four-hour affair—though for this program the Orchestra performs a 30-minute suite created by our own Andrew Litton.

Location Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis
MN
55403
http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org
Sommerfest

Andrew Litton and André Watts

Tickets

18579898820

1501290000

18612039620

Fri Jul 28 2017 8pm

André Watts | Photo © David Bazemore

André Watts | Photo © David Bazemore

About this Concert:

Every André Watts performance delivers a blend of raw power and heartfelt poetry that makes his concerts must-see and must-hear events.

TCHAIKOVSKY
Suite from Sleeping Beauty

MACDOWELL
Piano Concerto No. 2

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 3

Read program notes »

Fun Facts:

  • Watts first stunned the music world at age 16 with the New York Philharmonic, and last year a Los Angeles Times reviewer raved that “…at 69, Watts is playing like a teenage phenom.”
  • André Watts was born in Germany after WWII when his G.I. father met and married a young Hungarian who became the boy’s first piano teacher.
  • Edward MacDowell’s Piano Concerto broke the fast-slow-fast model of 19th-century concertos, beginning with a slow, expansive first movement that glides in soft and quiet as dawn.
  • For years, biographers believed MacDowell went mad near the end of his too-short life, but research now points to the powerful effects of seasonal affective disorder and toxic late-19th century medications prescribed to cure him.
  • Sleeping Beauty is by far the longest of Tchaikovsky’s three ballets. An uncut performance of it will be a four-hour affair—though for this program the Orchestra performs a 30-minute suite created by our own Andrew Litton.

OH+ Concert activities on Friday July 28 / see all upcoming OH+ events

$5 Early Happy Hour

$5 Early Happy Hour

When: 6-7pm
Where: All lobby and patio bars
Cheers! All wine, beer and Sommerfest Craft Cocktails are just $5 during the first hour that our lobby is open.

Free Music: Jeremy Walker Trio Photo by: Clare W.G. Nieto

Free Music: Jeremy Walker Trio

When: 6-7:45pm
Where: Target Atrium
Swinging, elegant and empathetic originals and jazz classics led by Jazz in the Target Atrium Artistic Director, Jeremy Walker.

Play, Explore, Enjoy!

Play, Explore, Enjoy!

When: Pre- and Post-concert
Where: Throughout Orchestra Hall
It's all about fun and games this year. Challenge your friends to a giant game of Scrabble or chess, play the smartphone augmented reality scavenger hunt to find Osmo Vänskä, experience the USS Enterprise in virtual reality, listen to vinyl records and more! Details »

Free Music: Lowland Lakers

Free Music: Lowland Lakers

When: Post-concert
Where: Target Atrium
The Lowland Lakers, Haley E Rydell, Taylor Donskey, and Nate Case, are an acoustic trio based out of Minneapolis who blend their love of bluegrass, folk, and rock and roll into a unique and from the heart sound and experience. No ticket required! Free and open to the public.