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Highland Park Strings Presents BEETHOVEN SPECTACULAR - Sunday, February 10 at Ravinia - Gala Benefit Concert

02/10/2019 - 15:00
02/10/2019 - 17:00

Tickets ($40 general admission) are available by calling (847) 831-3622 or at the door. For additional information, visit

The full program for BEETHOVEN SPECTACULAR includes:

Coriolanus Overture, Op. 62
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op.58
Jorge Federico Osorio, Piano
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67

Sponsored by The Negaunee Foundation

For its 2018-19 season, the Strings proudly joins HP150, Highland Park’s year-long sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) celebration. In honor of the City’s milestone, all of the soloists featured in the Strings’ 40th anniversary concerts are Highland Park residents.

About the Artists

Jorge Federico Osorio (Soloist, Piano) Highly revered in his native Mexico, Osorio, who has lived in Highland Park for twenty years, has been lauded throughout the world for his superb
musicianship, powerful technique, vibrant imagination
and deep passion. He is the recipient of several
international prizes and awards, including the prestigious
Medal Bellas Artes, the highest honor granted by Mexico’s National Institute of Fine Arts. Osorio has performed
with the world’s leading ensembles, including the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico and the Israel, Warsaw and Royal Philharmonics. He has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, James Conlon, Bernard Haitink, Manfred Honeck, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel and Jaap van Zweden, among many others. An avid chamber music performer, he has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Ani Kavafian, Elmar Oliveira, Henryk Szerying and the the Moscow Quartet. He began studying the piano at age five with his mother and later attended the conservatories of Mexico, Paris and Moscow. He currently serves on the faculty of Roosevelt University’s College of Performing Arts.

Dr. Robert G. Hasty (Principal Conductor) begins his second full year as Principal
Conductor of the Strings, having quickly become
beloved by the orchestra and the audience. Dr. Hasty is
the conductor of the Chamber Orchestra and the
Philharmonia of the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of
Music at Northwestern University where he also serves
as the Associate Director of Orchestras. He is also the
Music Director of the Kenosha and the Skokie Valley
Symphony Orchestras and Artistic Director of the
International Schools Choral Music Society. Dr. Hasty
began his career teaching music in the public schools in Southern California. A noted researcher in music cognition, Dr. Hasty is the author of two publications delivered at the 7th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition in Sydney, Australia. As a conductor, Dr. Hasty has appeared with the All-American College Orchestra at Walt Disney World, Beijing Youth Orchestra and the Elmhurst and Grant Park Symphonies, among many others. He also continues to perform as a freelance violinist and violist. These days, you will find him fiddling in several Chicagoland clubs and venues with various local bands, most notably performing and recording with his wife, singer-songwriter Christina Trullio.

About Highland Park Strings

Founded by co-principal cellist Lawrence Block in 1979, the Highland Park Strings is an ensemble composed primarily of accomplished amateur chamber musicians (now supplemented by young professionals) who relish the joy of making music together. From its inception, the mission of the Strings was and remains to provide concerts FREE of charge for the community, a unique arrangement made possible through the sponsorship of the Park District of Highland Park, YEA! Highland Park, the Negaunee Foundation and the generous philanthropy of individual donors and businesses. This "little miracle" in Highland Park, so aptly described by the Chicago Tribune, has become core to the cultural fabric of the community, playing to capacity audiences for each performance.