Rousing, flamboyant and striking pieces will flood the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 1-2 as Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez joins the West Michigan Symphony for the first Masterworks concert of the 2013-14 season.

Martinez playing has been described as “compelling, elegant and incisive” by The New York Times.  She'll join the symphony for “Gypsy Fire” both Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. performing the Liszt concerto. The concert is sponsored by Harbor Steel and her performance is sponsored by the WMS Past Presidents.
She will also perform at The Block, the Symphony’s new and intimate venue, on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. featuring:
• Rachmaninoff’s Moment Musicaux Op 16 No. 1 and No. 4
• Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 110
• Dirk Brossé’s “Nocturne”
• Samuel Barber’s “Ballade”
• Karol Szymanowski’s “Variations”
A native of Caracas and a graduate of Julliard, Martinez made her orchestral debut at the age of 7 and has since appeared as a soloist with symphonies around the country – and around the world. Her credits include performances at Carnegie Hall, the Palace of Versailles and Tivoli Gardens, and her awards include first prize and audience award at the Anton G. Rubinstein International Piano Competition.

Season and individual tickets can be purchased by calling the West Michigan Symphony ticket office at 231.726.3231. Several subscriber plans are available including the full series, masterworks series only, pop series only or flexible ticketing that allows concertgoers to create their own experience. For more information or to receive a 2013-14 season brochure, contact 231.726.3231 or
Single tickets for the Masterworks’ concert range from $17 to 47 and may be purchased online at; by calling 231.726.3231; or in person at 360 W. Western Ave. Student tickets are $5 for this concert but are not available online. College students must present a valid ID when they purchase tickets.
Tickets for The Block performance “Gabby. Piano. Cheesecake.” start at $28. Doors for the performance will open at 2 p.m.