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Holiday Concert

Date:
Add to Calendar 2023-12-21 19:00:00 2023-12-21 19:00:00 Holiday Concert The Gallery @ The Betsy The Betsy [email protected] America/New_York public
Time:
7PM
Location:
The Gallery @ The Betsy
Pianists Orlando Alonso and Ambassador Luiz Fernando Benedini

Event Details

DUO-Piano program

F. Schubert: Fantasy in F minor, Op. 103

P. I. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite (arr. for two pianos by Nicolas Economou)

RSVP: [email protected]

Orlando Alonso - Cuban-born pianist and conductor Orlando Alonso has established a flourishing international reputation through orchestral and recital performances in North America, South America, and Europe. Noted for challenging programs, artistic maturity, and versatility, Mr. Alonso has performed with major orchestras and given major recitals in Cuba, North and South America, and China, including performances at Carnegie Hall. Winner of the Amadeo Roldan Piano Competition in Havana, the Sant’ Agata li Battiati in Italy, and the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition in New York. He received the Harold Bauer Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a graduating student at the Manhattan School of Music. 

Luiz Fernando Benedini - Brazilian-born pianist Luiz Fernando Benedini has lived worldwide pursuing dual passions as a musician and Diplomat. The Washington Post, in one of his Kennedy Center concerts, noted that "any pianist would sell his soul to play like him", and the Clarin of Buenos Aires, after his participation as a soloist of the Colón Theater Orchestra, called him "one of the best pianists to play in this city in recent times". The Miami Herald called him "a virtuoso of exceptional naturalness".   While, as a diplomat, he was led to live in London, Asunción, Washington, Miami, and São José da Costa Rica, his art took him to the main concert halls in Brazil, in Caracas, Tokyo, Washington, and New York. A singular case in the history of musical performance, Benedini has achieved both public and critical successes while reaching the apex of his diplomatic career.
 

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