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The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
85 - 89 Clerk Street, EH8 9JG Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Internationally-renowned pianist, composer and improviser Gabriela Montero joins pioneering string orchestra Scottish Ensemble for an evening of music, improvisation and more, including the European premiere of her brand new piece and music by Shostakovich, Glass, Messiaen and more.
Babel explores the concept of music that comes with a message; a selection of powerful pieces using music as a tool to communicate something that words could not.
At the heart of the evening is Gabriela Montero’s new commission for piano and string orchestra, a colourful and inventive portrait of her experience as a human rights activist for her home country of Venezuela. Sweeping from lush beauty to gripping intensity, Babel uses immediately metaphorical musical language to communicate Montero’s experience as a narrator of human stories, and of the bittersweet complexities of trying to cut through the frantic babble of the modern world in order to deliver urgent messages.
Montero’s voice will be 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 to the philosophical, communicated through creativity.
Featuring works including
Babel (European premiere)
Chamber Symphony Op. 118a
Quartet for the End of Time (movement 8)
plus improvisation by Scottish Ensemble and Gabriela Montero
Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm
Please join us for a free pre-concert talk in the main concert hall, when we’ll explore some of the context around the programme. Our SE Blethers are included in the price of your ticket.
Under 26s £12.50
Carers / Under 16s free
On the phone:
0131 668 2019
The Queen’s Hall box office at 85-89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG