Pianist Simone Dinnerstein


3 p.m., Sunday, March 16, 2014
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
Tickets: $35, $30

Image: S DinnersteinFairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts presentsacclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein in concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 16, 2014. The performance includes the Connecticut premiere of Nico Muhly's You Can't Get There From Here, George Crumb's Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik (Ruminations on 'Round Midnight by Thelonious Monk), Beethoven's Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111, and J.S. Bach's Two-Part Inventions. The Inventions are part of the pianist's newest Sony album, a recording of J.S. Bach's Inventions and Sinfonias, which was released on January 21, 2014 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Chart. Corporate sponsor is Atria Senior Living. Media sponsor is Hearst Newspapers. Tickets: $35, $30.

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 New York-based pianist gained an international following because of the remarkable success of her recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations, which she raised the funds to record. Released in 2007 on Telarc, it ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales and was included on many "Best of 2007" lists including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker. The four solo albums Dinnerstein has released since then - The Berlin Concert (Telarc), Bach: A Strange Beauty (Sony), Something Almost Being Said (Sony), and Bach Inventions and Sinfonias (Sony) - have also topped the classical charts. In spring 2013, Simone Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt released an album together on Sony called Night, a unique collaboration uniting classical, folk, and rock worlds, exploring common terrain and uncovering new musical landscapes.

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. 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; and her third return engagement at the Berlin Philharmonie.

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. 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.

Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at www.quickcenter.com.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95. For further information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit www.quickcenter.com.

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Media Contact: Mike Horyczun, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2647, mhoryczun@fairfield.edu

Posted on February 26, 2014

Vol. 46, No. 198