André Watts
André Watts

Hamilton College Performing Arts presents the Schambach Center 25th Anniversary  Concert with pianist André Watts concert on Saturday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m., in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center.  The program includes Scarlatti’s Three Sonatas, Beethoven’s Sonata in D, and Chopin’s Three Etudes, among other work.

André 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 50 years later, André Watts remains one of today’s most celebrated pianists. Watts received a 2011 National Medal of Arts, given by the President of the United States to individuals who are deserving of special recognition for their outstanding contributions to the excellent, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States.

The Hans H. Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts opened its doors on September 23, 1988, for an inaugural concert with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman, soloist and conductor. A concert with Bobby McFarrin followed on September 24, with both performances in Wellin Hall.

Since then, the center has presented an exciting array of award-winning touring music, theater, and dance performances as well as hundreds of concerts and recitals featuring student and faculty talents.

Tickets for this event at $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, and $5 for students. This concert is rescheduled from Watts’ Oct.12 performance, which was postponed due to an injury. All tickets purchased for the Oct. 12 date will be honored. For tickets or more information, call the box office at 859-4331 or visit www.hamiltonpa.org.

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