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Classical Roots featuring André Watts

Friday, March 6 — Saturday, March 7

Friday, March 6 — Saturday, March 7
Orchestra Hall
2 hours

Megawatt pianist André Watts takes the stage for the DSO’s annual celebration of African-American contributions to classical music, conducted by former resident conductor Thomas Wilkins.

Watts, a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, performs a unique version of Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand – one played with the right hand! And the DSO presents the world premiere of Nkeiru Okoye’s Black Bottom, a new piece about Detroit’s historic African-American neighborhood of the same name.

Black Bottom is commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra with a grant from The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Program

JOHNSON
Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing
Nkeiru Okoye
Black Bottom (World Premiere)
Maurice Ravel
Piano Concerto for Left Hand in D major

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    Thomas Wilkins

    conductor

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    André Watts

    piano

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    Nkeiru Okoye

    composer

Thomas Wilkins

conductor

André Watts

piano

Nkeiru Okoye

composer

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Saturday, March 7
8:00pm
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Flexing a performance style that’s equal parts maestro and master of ceremonies, Wilkins tells thoughtful stories about the music he’s conducting. ”

Los Angeles Times
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