Westward - Fuze
Immigrant experience through music & film
Her visionary interpretations and unique compositional gifts have garnered Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero 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.
In Westward she’ll examine the immigrant experience, beginning with two works of Prokofiev, who left Russia after the revolution but returned almost 20 years later.
She’ll then perform works by Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky, composers who likewise emigrated from Russia after the revolution, but settled permanently in the United States, became citizens, and contributed immensely to America’s cultural life.
Finally, she’ll improvise the piano score, in real time, as we watch Charlie Chaplin’s short silent film The Immigrant, the tale of an unnamed immigrant making his journey across the ocean to America.
Discover how The Immigrant captivated and inspired Montero to create this program, including how she delved into the Chaplin archives 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.