Pianist Gabriela Montero Plays Program Dedicated to the Immigrant Experience

Tue 1/21 @ 7:30PM

Venezuelan pianist/composer Gabriela Montero began playing her instrument as a toddler and made her concert debut at the age of 8. And while she got a proper conservatory education in classical music at London’s Royal Academy of Music and has performed with many leading orchestras worldwide, she’s also become known for her unique improvisational skills.

She’s also a politically outspoken human rights advocate. The daughter of a Venezuelan father and American-born mother, she now lives in Spain. Her 2011 tone poem “Ex Patria,” was, according to her bio, “designed to illustrate and protest Venezuela’s descent into lawlessness, corruption, and violence.” She’s won many awards and recognitions for her work, and performed at President Obama’s 2009 inauguration.

She’s coming to perform in northeast Ohio at Akron’s EJ Thomas Hall under the auspices of the Tuesday Musical Association. There she’ll present a program focused on the immigrant experience, with music by composers who were immigrants — Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Igor Stravinsky, all Russians who moved to the U.S., although Prokofiev returned to his native country — and a live accompaniment to the 1917 Charlie Chaplin short film The Immigrant.

Tickets are $45. Because she will perform in an intimate, club-style set-up onstage, tickets are limited, so hurry!

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