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André Watts

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André Watts

AndrĂ© Watts, piano 

When: Sat., Dec. 3, 8 p.m. 2011
Price: $22-46
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Showmanship might not be the first asset most people ascribe to classical pianists, but it fits André Watts. Though he's not going to leap atop the piano or shout any call-and-response provocations to the audience, Watts' focused face and purposefully motioned frame craft a sort of subtle but impassioned choreography to his music; he's working the music and letting it, in turn, work him. In this solo engagement, he tackles 11 wide-ranging pieces from Hungarian composer Franz Liszt. Watts was a military kid born to an army father and a Hungarian mother in Germany; these pieces and stories about their purportedly tireless composer served as inspiration for the young man learning the piano. —Grayson Currin

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