NOTE: Ticket includes entry to the museum galleries.
Centuries before Louis Armstrong transformed jazz into a realm ruled by virtuosic improvisers expressing themselves primarily through solos, European classical music put a premium on impromptu invention. The entrancing Venezuelan-born pianist Gabriela Montero has revived that long dormant tradition, infusing her recitals with beautifully detailed keyboard flights. Montero made her ambitious agenda clear with her eponymous major label debut, a double album featuring brilliant interpretations of the most demanding piano repertoire, plus a second disc with improvisations on themes by many of the same composers. Her 2006 follow-up, the chart topping Bach and Beyond, easily ranked as the most celebrated classical recording of the year, and 2007’s Baroque earned two Grammy Award nominations. Montero cemented her status as a global icon when she performed with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and Anthony McGill at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and her latest release, Solatino, is an inspired collection of works by South American composers.
Gabriela Montero piano