Violinist shares music, stories of his life
When world-renowned violinist Jaime Jorge rolls into Grass Valley Saturday to give a free concert, he brings with him not only his classical sound but also a heart-stirring personal story.
Growing up in Communist Cuba, Jorge, now 32, first started playing violin at the age of 5. Four years after picking up the violin, Jorge proved himself to be a rising talent and was offered a scholarship by the Russian government to study music in Moscow with some of the greatest musical brains of the time in 1979.
This dream came with a hefty price: To be admitted, Jorge and his family would have to renounce their faith in God. Unwilling to comply to this demand, the Jorge family held fast to their faith and remained in Cuba.
The family’s decision paid off. When Jorge was 10, his family was given the rare opportunity to immigrate from Cuba to the United States. From grade school through middle school, Jorge attended the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee on scholarship.
Jorge found a new love after high school – medicine – so he enrolled in the University of Illinois’ School of Medicine to become a missionary doctor.
Completing two years of medical school, Jorge realized that his true passion was actually with the instrument he had practiced since he was a little boy in Cuba… the violin and music ministry.
Since then, Jorge has worked with a fever releasing eight CDs, performing around the globe in such prestigious landmarks as Carnegie Hall and the Kremlin in Moscow, and in creating his world-wide based ministry, Jamie Jorge Ministries, International.
His work has been honored. Five of his CDs have claimed the Angel Award for “Instrumental Religious Album of the Year” from Excellence in Media, a Hollywood-based organization which recognizes the moral and ethical content of films, television, shows, books, record albums and other media through the Angel Awards.
Saturday’s concert repertoire includes gospel, classical and contemporary songs. In between songs, Jorge will share life stories.
Although Jorge is on the road 50 weekends a year, he doesn’t mind being away from his hometown of Chattanooga, Tenn. because he is fulfilling a lifelong belief.
“My greatest desire is for people to get excited about using their talents, freedoms and opportunities that they have,” Jorge said, “not only to the best of their abilities but for the glory of God.”
KNOW & GO
WHAT: Jaime Jorge in concert.
WHEN: Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley
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