Pianist for presidents plays for JMS

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Awadagin Pratt
Awadagin Pratt

The next Johannesburg Musical Society concert features Awadagin Pratt, American winner of the Naumberg International Prize and pianist for presidents.

American pianist, Awadagin Pratt – who has had the signal honour of being invited several times to the White House to perform for the Clintons and the Obamas – will play a concert for the Johannesburg Musical Society on Saturday 16 May at 20:00 in the Linder Auditorium, Parktown.

Awadagin Pratt – also the winner of the esteemed Naumberg International Piano Competition – will perform a programme of Bach, Brahms and Liszt. Awadagin has been heard on such illustrious stages as New York’s Lincoln Center, Washington’s Kennedy Center and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. Local music-lovers will now have a chance to hear this highly-esteemed pianist.

Awadagin Pratt, who is currently Professor of Piano and Artist in Residence at the University of Cincinnati, has toured Japan several times, performed in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Columbia and has appeared as soloist and as conductor with many of the America’s finest orchestras. He is also often invited to famous festivals such as Chicago’s Ravinia Festival and Tokyo’s Mostly Mozart Festival.

Pratt will be playing the Bach Chaconne in its wonderful reincarnation by Ferrucio Busoni, the great 19th century virtuoso. He will also play Brahms’s majestic Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel and will end his recital with Liszt’s stunning Sonata in B Minor – a true tour de force of pianistic and musical wizardry.

Tickets can be booked through Computicket and will also be available at the Linder’s box office from one hour before the start of the performance on 16 May. Students get substantial discounts – but please note that there is no credit card facility at the box office.

For more details about the JMS or about this concert, phone 011 728 5492 or 083 228 2917, or consult the website on www.jms.org.za

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