Gabriela Martinez will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Aug. 6. She will step in for Leon Fleisher, who will not play due to a temporary focal dystonic in his right hand. Fleisher anticipates a full recovery in a few weeks and remains committed to his entire 2011-12 performance season. The repertoire remains the same, and the program includes Itzhak Perlman conducting Dvořák's “New World” Symphony. Ravinia Festival Music Director James Conlon will give a pre-concert talk on this work at 6:30 p.m. in the Martin Theatre.
This is both the Ravinia and CSO debuts for Martinez. Lauded by the New York Times as “compelling, elegant, and incisive,” the 21-year-old Venezuelan pianist is quickly establishing a reputation and earning praise as a versatile artist who combines “panache and poetry” (Dallas Morning News) with a “sense of grace and clarity” (The Star Ledger).