Free Tickets: Classical Pianist Gabriela Montero at Harris Theater

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Gabriela Montero

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The Harris Theater for Music and Dance is pleased to present the Chicago debut of Grammy-nominated Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero on Friday, February 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm. Universally admired for her exceptional artistry, passion, and lyricism, Ms. Montero is best known for engaging audiences with her spectacular improvisational performances, transforming melodies from Bach to the Beatles in new and exciting ways. The New York Times proclaims “this extraordinary ability as an improviser, rare in the classical world, is fast becoming a trademark of Ms. Montero.”

Ms. Montero is certain to dazzle Harris Theater audiences with her spectacular improvisations, which she will develop from melodies suggested by audience members. The performance will also include traditional classical works from her repertoire, as well as tangos, milongas and swinging dance rhythms, found on Ms. Montero’s third album SOLATINO (scheduled for release on January 11, 2011) devoted exclusively to piano music by Latin American composers. Tickets for Gabriela Montero, which range from $45 – $75 are on sale now at the Harris Theater box office located in Millennium Park at 205 E. Randolph Dr., by calling 312-334-7777 or by visiting www.HarrisTheaterChicago.org.

Gabriela Montero

Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique improvisational gifts have won her a quickly expanding audience and devoted following around the world. In January 2009, she came to the attention of millions performing with Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman at President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony.

In addition to being a critically acclaimed interpreter of beloved classical compositions, Montero is also widely praised for her improvisational performances. “I connect to my audience in a completely unique way – and they connect with me. Because improvisation is such a huge part of who I am, it is the most natural and spontaneous way I can express myself”. During performances, Ms. Montero often invites her audience to participate by asking for melodies on which she can improvise. Considered an expert on the subject, she accepted an invitation to give a seminar on the art of improvisation in January 2010 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Born in Caracas Venezuela, Ms. Montero gave her first public performance at the age of five. She performed a concerto with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra conducted by Jose Antonio Abreu at age eight, and was granted a scholarship from the Venezuelan Government to study in the United States.

Gabriela Montero

Her recent engagements include her acclaimed performances with the New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Rotterdam Philharmonic and with the UBS Verbier Chamber Orchestra at the Tuscan Sun Festival with Antonio Pappano. Ms. Montero has performed in recital at the Edinburgh Festival, Verbier Festival, Wigmore Hall, Klavier Festival Ruhr, Köln Philharmonie, and many more. Ms. Montero has also been heard on NPR’s Performance Today “Sing It and Wing It”, where listeners call in with a melody upon which she improvises, and has also been profiled on CBS’s 60 Minutes.

Ms. Montero has released several recordings on the EMI label including the award-winning Bach and Beyond, featuring improvisations on themes by Bach, and the Grammy-nominated Baroque, which pairs traditional performance with improvisation.

FREE TICKETS: Harris Theatre has generously offered us 8 sets of tickets! We ask only that you become their friend on facebook, and write us an email: staff@chicagoartmachine.com. Please respond ASAP, as we’ll be sending out most confirmations 2/3.

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Opened in 2003, the Harris Theater’s mission is to partner and collaborate with an array of Chicago’s emerging and mid-sized performing arts organizations to help them build the resources and infrastructure necessary to achieve artistic growth and long-term organizational sustainability. The Harris Theater for Music and Dance was the first multi-use performing arts venue to be built in the Chicago downtown area since 1929 and today the Theater continues to host the most diverse offerings of any venue in Chicago, featuring the city’s world-renowned music and dance institutions and the Harris Theater Presents series of acclaimed national and international artists and ensembles. To learn more about the season at the Harris Theater, visit www.harristheaterchicago.org or call the box office at 312-334-7777 to request a brochure.

For additional information about the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Chicago’s state-of-the art 1,470 seat performance venue, please visit www.harristheaterchicago.org.

For further information regarding this performance or high-res images please contact Jennifer Bauer, Harris Theater for Music and Dance at 312.334.2459 or jbauer@harristheaterchicago.org.

The Harris Theater is pleased to announce that UBS is serving as the 2010-2011 Season Sponsor.

United Airlines is the Official Airline of the Harris Theater.

Laura and Ricardo Rosenkranz are the Presenting Sponsors of Gabriela Montero.
The Harris Theater gratefully acknowledges The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s support of the theater’s collaborative partnerships.
The Harris Theater is partially supported by the CityArts Program 4 grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.