Sponsored by Dave & Sylvaine Neises and The Savannah Orchestral Music Fund of The Savannah Community Foundation, Inc.
Sponsored in part by Levy Jewelers, Larry Pike in memory of Bonnie Pike and Regina & Rick Roney
Partial support by Audiology & Hearing Aid Services / ENT Associates of Savannah and Mrs. Robert O. Levitt
2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven, a composer who shattered norms, setting the bar for musicians of the future while composing some of the most extraordinary work ever committed to paper. To honor Beethoven’s legacy, Robert Spano directs the orchestra in one of the great revelations of symphonic music: Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.
For this performance, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra also welcomes revered pianist André Watts for a special performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, offering a rare chance to hear and see this concerto scored for a large orchestra live. Pianist André Watts first 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 one of the orchestra’s Young People’s Concerts, and then served as substitute for soloist Glenn Gould. More than half a century later, Watts remains one of America’s most distinguished and celebrated performing artists.
Please note: Pianist André Watts is recovering from a nerve injury to his left hand and will not be able to perform Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto as originally scheduled. However, we are pleased to announce that Mr. Watts will be performing the Ravel Concerto for Left Hand, which he has reworked to perform with his right hand. Mr. Watts would like to thank Music Director Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony for agreeing to this necessary program change.
Maurice Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin
Maurice Ravel Concerto for the Left Hand for Piano and Orchestra in D Major
André Watts, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Opus 92
Robert Spano, Music Director
André Watts, piano
“…a level of authority and command seldom heard from pianist of any age.”