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By Staff · September 23rd, 2008 · CityBeat Recommends

ONSTAGE: CINCINNATI CHAMBER ORCHESTRA In pianist Awadagin Pratt’s world, there are knowns and unknowns. When he joins the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, launching its 35th season, the known quantity will be the piece Pratt is performing, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. “A piece that I’m quite familiar with, I still try looking at it as if for the first time,” says Pratt, a renowned Beethoven translator. “It’s funny, the more you know, the more you find out you don’t know. As I get into the piece again, there are little layers of dis covery.

Some of them seem so obvious, you‘re like, ‘How could I have not seen that before?’ Of course, before you were engaged in discovering something else.” The unknowns are slightly more plentiful. This performance will be Pratt’s debut with the CCO and Music Director Mischa Santora. The program, also featuring Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 in D and Overture to Armida, will be presented at two distinct locations: 2 p.m. at Memorial Hall downtown and 7 p.m.

at the new Anderson Center in Anderson. Pratt’s first rehearsals will come the day before the concerts. He takes it all in stride. “Two rehearsals is the norm and they’re usually compressed, it’s just that it’s all on the day before,” he notes. “I’ll literally have to be ready to start in a new environment and it’ll be a different piano, so there will be all sorts of adjustments I’ll have to be prepared to make pretty quickly.”

Pratt is among Cincinnati’s world-renowned musical treasures. The Pittsburgh native began studying piano, violin and conducting at the University of Illinois at age 16, earning degrees in all three performance areas. After an acclaimed decade of recitals, residencies, festivals and television appearances, Pratt took a position as associ ate professor of piano and artist in residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music in 2004. $25; $10 students and Enjoy the Arts/START members. www.ccocincinnati.org. — BRIAN BAKER



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