Concert pianist Gabriela Montero dazzles with real-time improvised performances
September 4, 2020
She has stunned audiences around the world with her brilliant interpretations of the classical core repertoire and real-time improvisations, now the Moss Arts Center presents concert pianist Gabriela Montero live from her studio in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 3 p.m.
The second live streaming event in the center’s “HomeStage” series features the Venezuela-born Montero performing classical pieces, as well as a classical improvisation based on live suggestions from the audience. The event culminates with a conversation between Montero and the audience moderated by Margaret Lawrence, Moss Arts Center director of programming.
“Montero has a warm and immediate rapport with the audience, and we’re excited to introduce her soaring, beautiful, and personal music to this community,” said Lawrence.
The repertoire includes Beethoven's Piano Sonata op. 31, no. 2 (“Tempest”) and Schumann's 13 solo piano piece collection “Kinderszcenen (Scenes from Childhood),” which features one of the composer’s best-known works, “Träumerei.”
Ticketholders have access to the performance as it happens, and for seven days following the event.
With a warm personality and a devoted following on the world stage, Montero is a veteran of such concert venues as Avery Fisher Hall, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, and Berlin Philharmonie. She has received a Latin Grammy for “Best Classical Album,” a Rockefeller Award for her contributions to the arts, and appointment as the first “Honorary Consul” of Amnesty International in recognition of her sustained efforts to advocate for human rights in Venezuela, both through music and public discourse.
In addition to the performance, Montero will participate in two virtual class visits with Virginia Tech students. She will engage with students in a political science class about present-day Venezuela, the arts, comparative politics, and her human rights advocacy efforts; and will join piano students for an open discussion on piano technique, composition, and performance.
Exclusive to the Moss Arts Center and designed specifically to be presented online, the “HomeStage” series is a curated collection of virtual performances offering opportunities to engage directly with artists. Guaranteed a front row seat, attendees get up close and personal with “HomeStage” series artists during these distinct performances and conversations, which include moderated discussions.
Tickets are $10 for general public and free for Virginia Tech students. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours.
All “HomeStage” series events are free for Virginia Tech students.