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Bernstein, luck put Andre Watts in spotlight

Pianist benefited from 1963 newspaper

Pianist Andre Watts is scheduled to perform Saturday with Albany Symphony Orchestra.
Pianist Andre Watts is scheduled to perform Saturday with Albany Symphony Orchestra.
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Pianist Andre Watts has been a mainstay on the international circuit for more than 50 years. Yet his storied career might not have been, had it not been for a newspaper strike. “It was a quirk of fate,” said Watts, who will perform on Saturday with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. He was 16 in the fall of 1962 when his teacher submitted his name to the Young People’s Concert committee, which oversaw the highly popular ...


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