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Venezuela's Gabriela MonteroTuesday, January 21, 7:30 PM

Homage to emigration through music & film

Her visionary interpretations and unique compositional gifts have garnered Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero critical acclaim and a devoted following on the world stage.

For President Barack Obama’s first inauguration, she joined Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Anthony McGill to perform Air and Simple Gifts, composed for the occasion by John Williams.

Now, in Westward, she pays homage to the physical, cultural and psychological emigration westward of three early-20th century Russian pianist-composers: Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Stravinsky.

Because all three emigrations collided with the concurrently evolving world of film — and because Los Angeles played an important role in the lives of Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff —the program will conclude with Montero improvising, in real time, the piano score as we watch The Immigrant, Charlie Chaplin’s most-famous short film.

Chaplin was himself an outspoken artist who was exiled from America in 1952 because of his perceived political beliefs.

Discover how The Immigrant captivated and inspired Montero to create this program, including how she delved into the Chaplin archive to look at the painstaking process of restoring old film prints.

  • In the intimate Stage Door of EJ Thomas Hall. Open club-style seating on stage. Cash bar.
  • At 6:30 p.m., on stage before the concert: Hear Gabriela Montero talk about how and why she has created this program during our intimate "Concert Conversation." 
  • In collaboration with The University of Akron School of Music’s Kulas Concert Series.

Stage Door of EJ Thomas Hall

198 Hill St., Akron, OH 44325

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