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Babel

Shostakovich, Messiaen and Glass with Venezuelan pianist and composer Gabriela Montero

New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Halls

Fri 8 Feb 2019
2 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow
G2 3NY
0141 353 8000

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Eden Court

Sun 10 Feb 2019
Bishops Rd
Inverness
IV3 5SA

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The Queen’s Hall

Tue 12 Feb 2019
85-89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh
EH8 9JG
0131 668 2019

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Perth Concert Hall

Wed 13 Feb 2019
Mill Street
Perth
PH1 5HZ

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Kings Place

Fri 15 Feb 2019
90 York Way
London
N1 9AG

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Kendal Leisure Centre

Sat 16 Feb 2019
Burton Road
Kendal
LA9 7HX
0333 666 3366

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In a world that never stops talking, can music make us stop and listen?

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 concert is Gabriela Montero’s new commission for piano and string orchestra, a colourful and inventive portrait of her experience as 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 to the philosophical, without a single word being uttered.

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