December, Friday - 7:30pm
Presented by Portsmouth Community Concerts
Internationally acclaimed pianist Leon Bates has been described by The New York Times as “a pianist with the touch of a poet”. Bates has performed with the major orchestras of the world and is equally sought out as a recitalist, bringing versatility and brilliance to every performance. His performances at city schools are unforgettable and his impact on young people is legendary. One cannot hear Leon Bates without experiencing the thrill of his music, the warmth of his personality and the gift he offers in performance: the joy of music.
His repertoire includes classical, popular and jazz music, and works by contemporary composers such as Chick Corea, William Balcom, and Samuel Barber. Residency activities include school performances, master classes, lectures/demonstrations and workshops including “The Musician as an Athlete.” Leon Bates has been invited to appear with the Atlanta and Tucson Symphonies, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2001 celebration and in Leipzig Gewandhaus. Popular at summer festivals, he has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Chicago’s Grant Park, the Lake Tahoe Festival and the Mann Music Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Bates also periodically performs on summer tours with the Boston Pops.
Adults: $26 / Students $11
Group discount of ten or more at the Box Office