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Friday, January 31, 2014 8:00 pm  Littlefield Concert Hall

Dewing Piano Recital

Simone Dinnerstein

“an artist of true expressive force” – The Washington Post

Concert Program

JS Bach: Two-Part Inventions
JS Bach: French Suite No. 5
Schumann: Kinderszenen
Beethoven: Sonata in C minor, Op. 111

Simone Dinnerstein

On Friday, January 31 at 8:00 pm, bestselling pianist Simone Dinnerstein will give her only Bay Area concert of the season presented by Mills Music Now at Mills College’s Littlefield Concert Hall. The performance includes JS Bach’s Two-Part Inventions and French Suite No. 5, as well as Schumann’s Kinderszenen and Beethoven’s Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111. Bach’s Two-Part Inventions are part of Dinnerstein’s next Sony album, a recording of JS Bach’s Inventions and Sinfonias, which will be released shortly before this performance on January 21, 2014.

JS Bach’s Two-Part Inventions, written in 1723 as musical guide for keyboard players, are a core part of the piano repertoire for students, amateurs, and professional musicians alike, but are rarely performed in concert. The works are commonly thought of as training pieces, but Dinnerstein has chosen to showcase them. She says, “An instrumental training is as much a training in how to listen as in how to play. In the text that accompanies the Inventions, Bach calls them ‘an honest guide.’ His Inventions and Sinfonias are marvels in demonstrating just how potent counterpoint is as an aid to expression, and how powerful a cantabile voice can be when surrounded by contradiction and elaboration. These small masterpieces have snippets of dances in them, laments and celebrations, simplicity and complexity.”

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein is a searching and inventive artist who is motivated by a desire to find the musical core of every work she approaches. The Independent praises the “majestic originality of her vision” and NPR reports, “She compels the listener to follow her in a journey of discovery filled with unscheduled detours . . . She’s actively listening to every note she plays, and the result is a wonderfully expressive interpretation.”

Upcoming and recent highlights include Dinnerstein’s debuts in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia; her debuts in Leipzig at the Gewandhaus and in Toulouse as part of the Piano aux Jacobins festival; the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s You Can't Get There From Here at Symphony Hall in Boston; her third return engagement at the Berlin Philharmonie; and world premiere performances of Philip Lasser's The Circle and The Child with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Dinnerstein's performance schedule has taken her around the world since her triumphant New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in 2005 to venues including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and London's Wigmore Hall; festivals that include the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival, the Aspen, Verbier, and Ravinia festivals, and the Stuttgart Bach Festival; and performances with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Kristjan Järvi's Absolute Ensemble, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and the Tokyo Symphony.

Dinnerstein has played concerts throughout the United States for the Piatigorsky Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing classical music to non-traditional venues. Notably, she gave the first classical music performance in the Louisiana state prison system when she played at the Avoyelles Correctional Center. She also performed at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, in a concert organized by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to coincide with her BSO debut.

Dedicated to her community, in 2009 Dinnerstein founded Neighborhood Classics, a concert series open to the public hosted by New York City public schools. The series features musicians Dinnerstein has met throughout her career, and raises funds for the schools. The musicians performing donate their time and talent to the program. Neighborhood Classics began at PS 321, the Brooklyn public elementary school that her son attended and where her husband teaches fourth grade. Artists who have
performed on the series include Richard Stoltzman, Maya Beiser, Pablo Ziegler, Paul O'Dette and many more. In addition, Dinnerstein has staged two all-school "happenings" at PS 321 – a Bach Invasion and a Renaissance Revolution – which
immersed the school in music, with dozens of musicians performing in all of the school’s classrooms throughout the day.

Dinnerstein is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she was a student of Peter Serkin. She was a winner of the Astral Artist National Auditions, and has received the National Museum of Women in the Arts Award and the Classical Recording Foundation Award. She also studied with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music and in London with Maria Curcio. Simone Dinnerstein lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and son. She is managed by Tanja Dorn at IMG Artists and is a Sony Classical artist.

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