Andre Watts | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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Ever since Andre Watts burst upon an unsuspecting music world at the age of 16 as a last-minute replacement for an ailing Glenn Gould in 1963, his name has been synonymous with pianistic virtuosity and musical integrity. The amazing thing about Watts today is that while his technique is as flawless and full of fireworks as ever, he continues to mature as an artist, penetrating the deepest inner regions of the repertoire he selects so carefully for himself. The results are never less than breathtaking. Luckily for his public, Watts has never lost sight of the fact that he is a concert artist rather than a recording star, and each live performance is an event to be cherished. This appearance finds him playing a solo recital in the Allied Arts Piano Series. Included on the program are Debussy's Estampes and L'isle joyeuse. Sunday, 3 PM, Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan; 435-6666 or 435-8122.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Arnold Newman.

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