<August 2016>

Season Finale: Andre Watts

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Orchestra Hall
Friday, May 31 – 10:45 AM
Saturday, June 1 – 8:00 PM

Concert Description

Missy Mazzoli is the winner of the Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers, granted annually to a living woman composer, of any age or nationality, in the spirit of recognizing and supporting the creation of new orchestral works by women. The award is inspired by the late Elaine Lebenbom, a composer, teacher, poet, artist, lecturer, and resident of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.


Leonard Slatkin, conductor  Bio

Internationally acclaimed American conductor Leonard Slatkin began his appointment as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September of 2008. He was recently named Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), France, beginning with the 2011-12 season. In addition, Mr. Slatkin continues to serve as Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a post that began in the fall of 2008.
Learn more at www.leonardslatkin.com.

André Watts, piano   Bio

André Watts burst upon the music world at the age of 16 when he was chosen by Leonard Bernstein to debut with the New York Philharmonic in their Young People's Concerts, broadcast nationwide on CBS-TV.  Since then, Mr. Watts has had a long and frequent association with television, having appeared on numerous programs produced by PBS, the BBC, and the Arts and Entertainment Network. He has performed on television with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center among others. 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. As a much honored artist, he is also included in the Great Pianists of the 20th Century series for Philips.


BACH Suite No.3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air on the G string  
MISSY MAZZOLI River Rouge Transfiguration (World Premiere)  
MACDOWELL Piano Concerto No. 2