Legendary pianist André Watts, celebrated for his lyricism and mastery of classical and Romantic repertoire, joins conductor Joel Revzen, the Festival Orchestra NAPA, and the Festival Napa Valley Volti Chorale for a bountiful all-American night of music.
Watts gained international fame when he stepped in at 16 for an ailing Glenn Gould to play Liszt with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic. Accompanied by maestro Revzen and a sterling orchestra comprised of musicians from New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and other top ensembles, Watts will perform Edward McDowell’s 1885 Piano Concerto No. 2, which Liszt championed.
The program also features the Napa premiere of Gordon Getty’s powerful choral work, Young America and two thrilling Bernstein pieces – On the Town and the Candide Overture.
Festival Orchestra NAPA's appearance is made possible through a generous gift from Tatiana and Gerret Copeland, proprietors of Bouchaine Vineyards. Festival Napa Valley Volti Chorale appears as part of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Vocal Arts Series.