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Local symphony showcasing another concert series

CCSO welcomes pianist Rachid Bernal
Local symphony kicks off season
Posted at 7:08 AM, Apr 09, 2021

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Corpus Christi Symphony will present pianist Rachid Bernal in concert with showtimes at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Bernal will perform two concerts, which will include works by Mozart, Ponce, Brahms, Barber and others.

Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra executive director Mark Francis says it’s a showcase you don’t want to miss.

"This is someone who is really going to be an international star and you're getting to see him right at the very beginning," Francis said. "These two programs I was a little shocked by because they're real big strong programs. You have to be a remarkable pianist to pull these things off. “

During his 7:30 p.m. show, Bernal will perform works by Mussorgsky and Liszt. Tickets for both concerts are still available by calling 361-883-6683.

Bernal, a rising young Mexican concert pianist, earned his Bachelor´s degree with an Honorific Mention from the “Vida y Movimiento” Music School at the Ollin Yoliztli Cultural Center in Mexico City.

After that, he continued his advanced studies in Vienna. Rachid is currently studying with Spanish pianist Joaquín Achúcaro at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

His principal teachers include Manuel Pérez Dávila (Mexico), Camelia Goila (Romania), Andrés Acosta (Mexico) and Hafes Babashahi (Austria). Bernal has also been active in master classes with such artists as Jorge Federico Osorio, Nelita True, Anatoly Zatín, Jozef Olechowsky, Philippe Entremont, Alessio Bax and Ian Hobson.

Since his debut at the age of 16 as a soloist with the Queretaro Philharmonic Orchestra, Rachid has performed with prestigious orchestras including Irving Symphony in Texas, México City Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Xalapa and Aguascalientes Symphony orchestras.

Bernal was recently named a “Legacy Pianist” of the Joaquín Achúcarro Foundation.