Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra Welcomes Simone Dinnerstein to the Stage

Simone Dinnerstein stares at camera, her head in her hand
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein (Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco)

September 21, 2023
Gonzaga University News Service

The Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra’s new season is starting off strong with a show featuring internationally acclaimed soloist Simone Dinnerstein. GSO Conductor Kevin Hekmatpanah is pleased to welcome this prominent pianist to the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center on Monday, Oct. 2, to kick off the symphony season.

The event will showcase Symphony No. 4 The Tragic, a masterpiece by Schubert, written when the composer was only 18 years old. The orchestra will follow this performance with Brahms’ magnificent Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major. Simone Dinnerstein will be featured in Brahm’s piece, exemplifying her distinctive musical voice.

Referred to as an “artist of strikingly original ideas and irrefutable integrity” by the Washington Post and “a unique voice in the forest of Bach interpretation” by the New York Times, Dinnerstein is a breath of fresh air in the music realm. She first came to wider public attention in 2007 through her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, reflecting an aesthetic that was both deeply rooted in the score and profoundly idiosyncratic.

After recording Bach’s Goldberg Variations, her busy career took flight. She has played with orchestras ranging from the New York Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra to the London Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Rai. Dinnerstein has made 13 albums, all of which topped the Billboard classical charts, with repertoire stretching from Couperin to Glass.

Dinnerstein’s showcase with the Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra is Monday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center, 211 E. Desmet on the Gonzaga University campus. General admission tickets are $18, $15 for seniors, military, and non-GU students, and are available by calling 509-313-2787 or by visiting the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center box office. For more information about this or other Gonzaga Music Department concerts, please call 509-313-6733 or visit the orchestra’s website.

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