Gabriela Montero Improvisation
Shostakovich Chamber Symphony Op 118a
Philip Glass Echorus
Peteris Vasks Viatore
Gabriela Montero Babel
Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time
Gabriela Montero is an astonishingly charismatic artist.
Babel explores the concept of music that comes with a message; a selection of powerful pieces using music as a tool to communicate something which words could not. At the heart of the concert is Gabriela Montero's new commission for piano and string orchestra, a colourful and inventive portrait of her experience as a human rights activist as she tries to be heard in a world which wants only to talk, not listen. Montero's voice is joined by others, from Barshai's arrangement of Shostakovich's tenth String Quartet - an honest, heartfelt illustration of his disillusionment with a crushing Soviet regime - to Messiaen's astonishing invocation of heaven, written whilst a German prisoner of war.
Join us and witness the room fill with complex, deep and urgent messages, from the political and philosophical, without a single word being uttered.