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Pianist Simone Dinnerstein to Play Glass and Schubert at Miller Theatre

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein to Play Glass and Schubert at Miller Theatre

Simone Dinnerstein returns to Miller Theatre after her Bach concerts this fall with a second concert featuring the music of Philip Glass in his 80th birthday year.

This time Simone pairs Glass with Schubert, a composer he not only shares a birthday with-but also a harmonic and spiritual connection.

For Dinnerstein, the interpretation of a musical score requires attention not just to what the piece should sound like, but what it wants to say. "There's a feeling of narrative in this music, a feeling of speech," she says of Schubert's Impromptus, which she will juxtapose with works by Glass in this solo recital.

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts presents this unique evening of solo piano on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 8:00 p.m. at Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway, New York, NY). Tickets: $35-$55; Students with valid ID: $7-$33.

Philip Glass: Selected Etudes and Metamorphosis (1988)
Franz Schubert: Impromptus, Op. 90 (1827)
Schubert: Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960, BWV 1058 (1828)

From Miller Theatre Executive Director Melissa Smey: "It's been so rewarding to collaborate with Simone Dinnerstein this season. She performed the New York premiere of Philip Glass's Piano Concerto No. 3 to open the Miller season and headlined our Bach series. For this solo recital, Simone explores the connections between the works of Glass and Schubert (who share a January 31st birthday)."

American 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 with the remarkable success of her recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations. Released in 2007 on Telarc, it ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales and was named to many "Best of 2007" lists including those of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker.

Dinnerstein's performance schedule has taken her around the world since her acclaimed New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall in 2005, to venues including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Sydney Opera House, Seoul Arts Center, and London's Wigmore Hall; festivals that include the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival, the Aspen, Verbier, and Ravinia festivals; and performances with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra a Sinfonica Brasileira, and the Tokyo Symphony.

Dinnerstein has played concerts throughout the U.S. for the Piatigorsky Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing classical music to non-traditional venues. She gave the first classical music performance in the Louisiana state prison system at the Avoyelles Correctional Center, and performed at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in a concert organized by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In 2009, Dinnerstein founded Neighborhood Classics, a concert series open to the public hosted by New York public schools which raises funds for their music education programs.

Dinnerstein is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she was a student of Peter Serkin. She also studied with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music and in London with Maria Curcio. She is on the faculty of the Mannes School of Music and is a Sony Classical artist.

Columbia University's Miller Theatre is located north of the Main Campus Gate
at 116th St. & Broadway on the ground floor of Dodge Hall. Directions and information are available online at or via the Miller Theatre Box Office, at 212.854.7799.

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