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Pianist Gabriela Montero brings classical works and improvisation to Chenery Auditorium.

If you like improvisation and piano music, then Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero’s concert Nov. 15 at Chenery Auditorium is for you.

Montero is renowned not only for her prowess as a concert pianist but also for her improvisational skills. She is known to end her concerts by asking audience members to sing her a tune so she can create a spontaneous composition around it. Montero says it lets her “connect to my audiences in a completely unique way — and they connect with me.”

Montero will also perform works by Mozart and Beethoven.

The show begins at 8 p.m. at Chenery, 714 S. Westnedge Ave., with a pre-concert talk set for 7 p.m. Tickets are $35-$55, or $7 for students with valid identification.

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