Long Beach Symphony Presents an Evening of Brahms

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Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio

Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio

On Saturday, March 8 at 8:00 p.m. Mexico’s most renowned pianist, Jorge Federico Osorio, joins the Long Beach Symphony, and Maestro Enrique Arturo Diemecke to perform Brahms’ glorious second piano concerto. The evening will conclude with Brahms’ first symphony – a work of supreme technical accomplishment and profound emotion. In partnership with the City of Long Beach, 2nd District and Bike Communities, the Symphony is encouraging residents to “Bike to Brahms” by offering a free bike valet service at this concert.

Soloist, Jorge Federico Osorio has been internationally acclaimed for his superb musicianship, powerful technique, vibrant imagination and deep passion, and has been hailed as one of the most elegant and accomplished pianists on the planet. He has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Seattle Symphonies, Israel Philharmonic, Moscow State Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, among many others.

A prolific recording artist, Osorio has recorded a wide variety of repertoire, including a Brahms solo CD that Gramophone hailed as “one of the most distinguished discs of Brahms’ piano music in recent years.” He is also a dedicated teacher and is a member of the faculty at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts.

The New York Times described him as “an imaginative interpreter with a powerful technique,” and the Los Angeles Times praised him as, “one of the more elegant and accomplished pianists on the planet.”

Reflecting on the concert, Long Beach Symphony’s Executive Director, Kelly Ruggirello, commented, “We are thrilled to welcome a guest artist of this stature to Long Beach. Mr. Osorio’s appearance further reflects the Symphony’s commitment to bringing artists of diverse backgrounds and worldwide repute to our community.”

Brahms’ Piano Concert No. 2 was written in 1881, more than two decades after his first, and it consists of four movements, rather than the traditional three, rendering it a lengthy work of nearly 50 minutes’ duration. Similarly, the Symphony No. 1 is a four-movement work of approximately the same length.

In keeping with the City of Long Beach’s bike-friendly initiatives, 2nd District Councilmember, Suja Lowenthal, together with Retro Row and the Long Beach Symphony, will sponsor a free bicycle valet service at this concert. “More and more residents are choosing to ride their bikes to dinner, the movies or a concert,” explained Lowenthal. “I want to support these active lifestyle choices because they create a healthier, safer and more vibrant community.”

In addition to complimentary bike valet service, riders will receive a voucher for an upcoming concert. Bike riders can arrive as early as 7 pm, and concert tickets can be purchased in advance or at the box office the night of the event. The bicycle parking area will be monitored throughout the concert. The Symphony is encouraging downtown residents to enjoy their night without a car.

For more information about the works, ticket holders may attend a 7:00 p.m. pre-concert talk by Roger Hickman. This concert, and the entire Long Beach Symphony Classical concert series, is partially underwritten by Lexus.

Tickets start at $21; student tickets are available for $10. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit the Symphony’s website at www.lbso.org or call 562-436-3203, ext. 232.

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