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Venezuelan Pianist Debuts with ASO

April 15, 2014
  • Who: The Austin Symphony Orchestra
  • What: Pianist Gabriela Montero
  • When: Friday & Saturday, May 16 & 17, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Dell Hall, Long Center for the Performing Arts
  • Cost: $19 - $56

Maestro Peter Bay and the ASO invite concertgoers for “Your Night Out” as they conclude the 103rd season of classical concerts with performances of works by Robert Paterson, Mozart and Richard Strauss. Renowned Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero makes her Austin Symphony debut on Friday and Saturday, May 16th & 17th in Dell Hall at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. These concerts are proudly sponsored by McCracken & Carroll (UBS Financial Services) & Lancer Resources, LP.

Robert Paterson – Dark Mountains
Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466
R. Strauss – Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Maestro Peter Bay and the ASO begin the evening with a 21st century work by American composer Robert Paterson, Dark Mountains. Paterson’s work portrays the beauty and grandeur of the mountains of Vermont and the peacefulness of the open roads, but also the darkness and occasional treacherous passes one may encounter during the evening hours. Mr. Paterson will be in attendance for these concerts of the Austin debut.

Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero then takes center stage. This is the first time Ms. Montero has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations have won her a quickly expanding audience and devoted following around the world. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Gabriela gave her first public performance at the age of five. At the age of eight she made her concerto debut in Caracas and was granted a scholarship from the Venezuelan Government to study in the USA. She will be performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor with the ASO.

After a brief intermission, the ASO returns to present Richard Strauss’ monumental tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra. Audiences will recognize the opening bars of this Strauss masterpiece as they were featured in the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The work shares its name with Friedrich Nietszche’s incomplete poem of 1889, Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus spake Zarathustra). Although not written to portray in music Nietzsche’s great work, Strauss commented, “The whole symphonic poem is intended as my homage to Nietzsche’s genius, which found its greatest exemplification in his book.”

Tickets for Gabriela Montero with the Austin Symphony range from $19 to $56. Student rush tickets are also available 20 minutes prior to performance for $5 cash and current student ID (subject to availability). Charge tickets online at where you will find seating maps, price options and a wealth of concert information. Tickets are also available at the Austin Symphony Box Office, 11th and Red River or call 476-6064 or 1-888-4-MAESTRO (toll-free).