CFA Welcomes Acclaimed Pianist Awadagin Pratt

Posted: November 14, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Pianist Awadagin Pratt, whose inventive interpretations of a repertoire centered on the classics, brings his intense musical style to the stage at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Friday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. WETA-FM radio personality Nicole LaCroix leads a pre-performance discussion at 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier.

With a program that pays homage to Beethoven, Liszt, Bach and Gibbons, Pratt shows his gift for contrast using his expertise in illustrating musical texture and color. Pratt begins the performance with Gibbons’s The Italian Ground. Bach’s The Art of Fugue, an unfinished work exploring the possibilities of one subject in various forms of fugal and canonic writing, follows, and Beethoven’s Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110, and Liszt’s one sonata, Sonata in B-minor, round out the program.

In 1992, Pratt won the Naumburg International Piano Competition and two years later was awarded a 1994 Avery Fisher Career Grant. Named one of the 50 Leaders of Tomorrow in Ebony magazine’s special 50th anniversary issue, he has performed on the Today show, Good Morning America, and Sesame Street. He also performed twice at the White House at the invitation of President Bill Clinton.

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