Watts postpones, but piano music remains


Published: Friday, January 30, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 10:30 p.m.

By now, all should be aware of this bulletin: Tonight's concert by pianist Andre Watts at the Phillips Center has been postponed until April 25.

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Andre Watts postponed his Gainesville show, but don't despair. UF's third annual Steinway Piano Festival kicks off soon, with pianist Boris Berman, pictured, slated for Feb. 10.

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Following a series of program changes for the Gainesville show, Watts cancelled last week due to illness.

However, there's another visiting pianist to watch for, this time on Feb. 10. Boris Berman will be a major attraction during UF's third annual Steinway Piano Festival, taking place Feb. 9--11. We'll report on that more extensively next week.

As further compensation for the Watts news, we can offer you another program, with not just one, but two pianists! The rub is time and parking for the general public.

Roger and Anita Kamien will appear in a lecture-recital at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday at University Auditorium. Try to find some way of getting there, though; the subject is Schubert's "Fantasy in F minor," for piano four-hands. Admission is free.

Later that day, at 3 p.m., Roger Kamien will address Beethoven's early piano sonatas.

  • Speaking of Schubert, Saturday is his 207th birthday. His music was on the last program change before Watts rescheduled.

    And while there is no Schubert on the roster for Saturday's American Boychoir performance, their program does cover a lot of other territory. Based in Princeton, N.J., the American Boychoir is a national touring group of students from grades five through eight.

    Its current tour includes a stopover at Trinity United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

    Classical composers represented include Wolfgang Mozart, William Byrd, Benjamin Britten, Michael Tippett and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Balancing that will be works composed by James Taylor, Billy Joel, Dave Brubeck and George Shearing.

    Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids, available at the door. For information, call (352) 376-6615.

  • There's one more concert to report on, this one involving the unusual combination of trombone and voice.

    A late addition to the UF guest recital list finds alto trombonist Ken Shifrin and mezzo-soprano Andrea Jaber in a program on Thursday. The recital starts at 8 p.m. in Room 120 of the Music Building.

    The schedule will include works by Antonio Caldara and Michael Haydn, two of the most distinguished among unfamiliar 18th century composers. Accompanying them will be Thomas Jaber, choral director of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

  • Each year the Foundation for the Promotion of Music names a Musician of the Year, who is honored at the annual meeting at the Thomas Center. Now is the time to nominate community members you feel deserve recognition for contributions.

    Send a brief statement about your nominee, by March 20, to Musician of the Year, c/o Sally Fouse, 6411 NW 36th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32653.

    David Grundy can be reached at dmgrundy@aol.com.

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