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February 13, 2011

Nelson Freire cancels U.S. tour; Andre Watts steps in for Shriver Hall recital

Due to a recurrence of tendonitis, superlative pianist Nelson Freire has canceled his U.S. tour that was to have included a recital for the Shriver Hall Concert Series on March 6.

That was one of the events I was most looking forward to this season. As it turns out, there will still be a piano recital March 6 at Shriver Hall, performed by a fine artist. Andre Watts was available to step in and will bring an all-Liszt program with him.

Since 2011 marks Liszt's bicentennial year and since the composer has been associated with Watts from the beginning of the pianist's long career, that program looks all the more enticing. The B minor Sonata will be on the bill, along with several etudes and a Hungarian Rhapsody. Remarkably, this will be Watts' Shriver Hall debut.

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Categories: Clef Notes, Shriver Hall

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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