Arts & Culture

Berlin, Brazil and…Lakewood: Second City’s second chamber concert at Lakewold Gardens

Brazil gets a rematch with Germany next week – but luckily it doesn’t involve a soccer ball, and hopefully everyone will be a winner. Brazilian-born pianist Jairo Geronymo, former lecturer at Pacific Lutheran University and now teaching in Berlin, returns to Tacoma for the second concert at Lakewold Gardens for Second City Chamber Music, and along with violinist Svend Rønning and cellist Richard Treat will play a program that unites his old (Brazil) and new (Germany) homes in music.

As well as his teaching career, Geronymo is a sought-after soloist and chamber musician, having performed with Northwest orchestras such as the Northwest Sinfonietta, Rainier Symphony and Lake Union Civic Orchestra. He left PLU in 2004 but returns with Second City to play an intriguing program: piano trios by Brazilian composer Francisco Braga and German Romantic Johannes Brahms, as well as Chick Corea’s "Addendum."

It’s the last SCCS concert at Lakewold, a series that puts high-quality chamber music in the intimate setting of the historic Wagner House, with picnic seating under the pergola outside and the lush grounds to explore during intermission.

The "Berlin and Brazil in Tacoma" concert is part of the new 2014/15 season for Second City, which is themed around local musicians who have lived and worked elsewhere, returning home with new repertoire and ideas. Featured in the four Masterpiece concerts are Tacoma’s Europa Ensemble, Portland’s Arnica String Quartet (with Puyallup native violist Charles Noble), clarinetist Sean Osborn (a Tacoma-New York transplant) and other local soloists; the Spotlight Series features Olalla violinist Brittany Boulding and Tacoma euphonium soloist Jason Gilliam.