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Presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County & Irvine Barclay Theatre
Gabriela Montero, piano
Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 3pm

“Montero’s playing has everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power in climactic moments, soulful lyricism in the ruminative passages and, best of all, unsentimental expressivity.”
—The New York Times


PROKOFIEV: Sarcasms, Five Pieces for Piano, Op. 17
PROKOFIEV: Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 36
STRAVINSKY: Piano Sonata in F-sharp minor
CHAPLIN: The Immigrant (Film screening with improvised piano score by Gabriela Montero)

Grammy-nominated pianist Gabriela Montero brings her newly premiered Westward program to the West Coast, paying homage to three prominent Russian composers who immigrated to the West in the early twentieth century to escape oppression in their home country. Montero’s carefully selected program includes pieces rarely heard on this side of the globe and concludes with a real-time improvised score alongside a viewing of Charlie Chaplin’s film The Immigrant.

Pianist Gabriela Montero’s visionary musical interpretations and mesmerizing stage presence have garnered her critical acclaim and a devoted following on the world stage.