Pianist Orion Weiss to play tribute to Chopin

Pianist Orion Weiss will perform an all-Chopin concert as La Jolla Music Society closes its season’s Frieman Family Piano Series and continues its Chopin Bicentennial Celebration at 8 p.m. May 21 in the Sherwood Auditorium at the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, 700 Prospect St.

A sought-after soloist, Weiss’ exceptionally crafted performances “go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him acclaim from audiences, critics and colleagues in a wide range of repertoire and formats,” according to press materials.

Weiss, age 29, has performed with the nation’s top orchestras, including those of Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. He graduated from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Schenly.

Weiss will perform on the music society’s Belanich Steinway and will include Two Polonaises, Op. 26, Impromptu No. 2 in F-sharp Major, Op. 36, Four Mazurkas, Op. 6, Twenty-Four Preludes, Op. 28, Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat Major, Op. 51, Three Mazurkas, Op. 63, Allegro de Concert in A Major, Op. 46, Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 45, Polonaise in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 44 .

A pre-concert chat, “Chopin in Our Time: The Living Legacy,” will be presented by Benjamin K. Roe of WDAV-FM Classical Public Radio in North Carolina.

Concert tickets are $25-$75 at (858) 459-3728 and