GUEST CONDUCTOR RAFAEL FRÜHBECK DE BURGOS RETURNS TO HEINZ HALL TO LEAD PSO IN MUSIC OF SCHUMANN, LISZT, STRAUSS
Mexican pianist Jorge Federico Osorio is soloist
PITTSBURGH – Guest conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos returns to Heinz Hall next month to lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts featuring the music of Schumann, Liszt and Strauss.
Frühbeck has appeared as a guest conductor with the PSO for several decades, first appearing at Heinz Hall in February 1972. Most recently, he conducted the PSO in February 2009. Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio is the soloist. Osorio performs with the PSO for the second time, after making his debut in February 2009.
These BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts will take place on Friday, April 1, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 3, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets, ranging from $20 to $88, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting the PSO online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
The program will feature Schumann’s Symphony No.3, Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Strauss‘ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.
The PSO would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for their 2010-2011 title sponsorship of BNY Mellon Grand Classics. Bobby Rahal Automotive Group is the Official Automotive Group of the PSO. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the Official Hotel of the PSO.
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos is a regular guest with North America’s top orchestras. In the 2010-2011 season, Frühbeck will conduct the Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Houston, Montreal, Cincinnati and Houston orchestras. He appears annually at the Tanglewood Music Festival and regularly with the National, Chicago and Toronto symphonies. He currently is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Dresden Philharmonic.
Since 1975, Frühbeck has been a member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. The numerous honours and distinctions he has been awarded include the Gold Medal of the City of Vienna, the Bundesverdienstkreutz of the Republic of Austria and Germany, the Gold Medal from the Gustav Mahler International Society, and the Jacinto Guerrero Prize, Spain’s most important musical award, conferred in 1997 by the Queen of Spain. In 1998, he received the appointment of “Emeritus Conductor” by the Spanish National Orchestra. He has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Navarra in Spain.
One of the pre-eminent pianists of our time, Jorge Federico Osorio is internationally acclaimed for his superb musicianship and masterful command of the instrument. He has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Moscow State Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de France, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Warsaw Philharmonic.
Osorio’s concert tours have taken him to Europe, Asia, and North, Central and South America, where he has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Klaus Tennstedt, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, James Conlon, Luis Herrera, Manfred Honeck, Eduardo Mata, Michel Plasson and Carlos Miguel Prieto, among many others.