Visiting Artist SeriesSimone Dinnerstein, piano
Sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Performing Arts Endowment.
Sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Performing Arts Endowment, the Williams College department of music presents pianist Simone Dinnerstein on Sunday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus.
In addition to the concert, Ms. Dinnerstein offers a master class for Williams music students on Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. The master class offers a unique opportunity to observe the exchange between master and student, a process otherwise shrouded in mystery for the non-musician. A combination of performance, lesson, and discussion, this event is a glimpse into the world of the professional life of a concert pianist. Both the master class and the concert are free events open to the public.
At Williams, Ms. Dinnerstein performs on the stage of Chapin Hall, a venue that showcases the piano well. As part of the music department’s Boesendorfer series, she plays a 97-key, 9’6” long, Imperial model Boesendorfer grand, an instrument which vies in the piano world for the title, “King of Instruments.”
The performance includes Nocturne for Piano No.8 in D-flat Major, op. 27 by Friederich Chopin; Intermezzo, op. 118, No. 2 in A by Johannes Brahms; Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826 by Johann Sebastian Bach; 4 Impromptus D899 op. 90 by Franz Schubert; and Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825 by Bach. Also on the program: The Cohen Variations by Daniel Felsenfeld, born in 1970. This intriguing work is a musical translation that explores Leonard Cohen’s song Suzanne, a translation of this classic into a different musical context. In the composer’s words, “The Cohen Variations is a love letter to the song, and to the artist who performs it.”
About Simone Dinnerstein
Simone Dinnerstein exploded onto the classical scene with her first album releases, and she has quickly established herself as an artist with an international following. Slate magazine rates her as, “a throwback to such high priestesses of music as Wanda Landowska and Myra Hess,” and she is praised by Time magazine for her “arresting freshness and subtlety.”
Ms. 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 twice received 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.