He was only 16 years old when famed conductor Leonard Bernstein plucked him from obscurity to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic. That was some 40 years ago; since then, legendary pianist André Wattss fairy--tale beginning has long been overshadowed by his illustrious career. Much in demand as a performer of Romantic Era music, hell join the Houston Symphony today for the stirring program Watts Plays Beethovens Emperor. At the podium will be conductor David Afkham. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. $25 to $123.
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2011