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Simone Dinnerstein: Upcoming Virtual Performance Highlights

Committed to continuing to reach audiences during these challenging times for live performance, Simone Dinnerstein announces virtual performance highlights between October 31, 2020 and January 8, 2021, including concerts presented online by Dumbarton Oaks, the Boulder Philharmonic, ArtsRock, Oregon Bach Festival, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, and Music Worcester. Dinnerstein’s repertoire for the fall season is wide ranging and includes music by Philip Glass, Richard Danielpour, J.S. Bach, Schubert, Schumann, Satie, and Couperin.

The concerts follow shortly after the release of Dinnerstein’s latest album, A Character of Quiet, by Orange Mountain Music on September 18. The new album includes Philip Glass’s Etudes No. 16, No. 6 and No. 2 paired with Franz Schubert’s Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960. Dinnerstein recorded it over the course of two evenings at her home in Brooklyn in June 2020, during the quiet of the New York City lockdown, with her longtime producer and friend Adam Abeshouse. It reached the number one spot on the Billboard Classical Chart, and was described by NPR as, “music that speaks to a sense of the world slowing down,” and by The New Yorker as, “a reminder that quiet can contain multitudes.” 

Dinnerstein will perform music from the album presented by Dumbarton Oaks recorded in their historic Music Room (Oct. 31-Nov. 6); ArtsRock, hosted by The Howard Stern Show co-host and Dinnerstein’s longtime friend Robin Quivers (Nov. 15, live at 2pm ET); and Miller Theatre at Columbia University for the Live from Columbia series (Dec. 15-31). 

With the Boulder Philharmonic, where she is an Artistic Partner, Dinnerstein will both play and conduct a concert titled The Beauty of Bach. The program includes J.S. Bach’s Erbarm’ Dich (arr. Philip Lasser), Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor with flutist Christina Jennings, and Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with Jennings and violinist Charles Wetherbee. The performance was recorded in September in the Brungard Aviation hangar at Boulder Municipal Airport, with social distancing precautions in place, and streams on November 14 at 7:30pm MT.

Dinnerstein’s concert presented by Oregon Bach Festival on December 6, 2020 at 2pm PT features the world premiere of Grammy-winning composer Richard Danielpour’s An American Mosaic, a set of fifteen miniatures commemorating segments of the American population that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including parents, front line workers, caretakers, and those who have lost their lives to the virus. Danielpour, from Los Angeles, and Dinnerstein, from New York, embarked on this collaboration over the summer, and have discussed, prepared, and rehearsed the piece entirely via email, phone, and Zoom. Danielpour says of the new work, “In these challenging and unparalleled times, I believe that music and our accessibility to it is even more important than it might have been in the past. When certain artistic works speak to all of us, and unite us, rather than divide us, these works become a catalyst for hope, courage, and consolation.” Dinnerstein is also recording An American Mosaic for commercial release in spring 2021. Transcriptions created by Danielpour for Dinnerstein of J.S. Bach’s “Agnus Dei” from the Mass in B minor, as well as “Wenn Ich einmal soll scheiden” and “Epilogue Chorus: Wir setzen, uns mit Tränen nieder,” from the St. Matthew Passion, complete the December program.

For Music Worcester, Dinnerstein’s program includes Schumann’s Arabesque in C Major, Op. 18 and Kreisleriana, Op. 16, Glass’s Mad Rush, Satie’s Gnossienne No. 3, and Couperin’s Les Barricades Mystérieuses and Le Tic-Toc-Choc, ou Les Maillotins. It will be recorded in the historic Mechanics Hall in Worcester and will stream from January 8 at 8pm through January 10 at 8pm.

Simone Dinnerstein’s Upcoming Virtual Performances

Oct. 31 at 2pm – Nov. 6, 2020 at 2pm ET: Dumbarton Oaks  Schubert & Glass

Info: Nov. 14, 2020 at 7:30pm MT: Boulder Philharmonic The Beauty of Bach

Info: Nov. 15, 2020 at 2pm ET (live): ArtsRock hosted by Robin Quivers Schubert & Glass

Streamed live from the Union Arts Center in Sparkill, NY.

Info: Dec. 6, 2020 at 2pm PT: Oregon Bach Festival  World premiere of Richard Danielpour’s An American Mosaic Info: Dec. 15 at 7pm ET – Dec. 31, 2020 at 7pm ET: Miller Theatre at Columbia University Schubert & Glass


Jan. 8 at 8pm ET – Jan. 10, 2021 at 8pm ET: Music Worcester

Music by Schumann, Glass, Satie, and Couperin


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