Past Concerts

Simone Dinnerstein, piano

Saturday, March 22, 2014—7:30 PM
Macky Auditorium, CU Campus, Boulder

Monday, March 24, 2014—6:30 PM
Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

STEVE HEITZEG    Ghosts of the Grasslands
PHILIP LASSER    The Circle and the Child: Piano Concerto   COLORADO PREMIERE
GEORGE GERSHWIN    Rhapsody in Blue


Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, Music Director

Chart-topping recording artist Simone Dinnerstein joins the Boulder Phil for not one, but two, concertos: Gershwin’s famous Rhapsody in Blue and the Colorado premiere of Lasser’s Piano Concerto, a work he wrote to embody the love he shares with Dinnerstein for the music of J.S. Bach. Debussy’s La Mer (“The Sea”) and Heitzeg’s Ghosts of the Grasslands complement Lasser’s French-American aesthetic.

6:30 PM - FREE Pre-Concert Talk at Macky, including Michael Butterman's preview of what he was planned for the Boulder Phil's exciting 2014-2015 season, followed by a conversation with Simone Dinnerstein and composer Philip Lasser. This special event starts at 6 PM with complementary hors d'ouevres, cash bar and mingling.

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Michael Butterman on KGNU's 'A Classic Monday' with Ron Nadel:

Celebrated Pianist Simone Dinnerstein Performs Two Concertos with the Boulder Philharmonic, March 22, 2014 | press release


Sat.,  March 15, 9:30–11:30 AM
Sat., March 22, 9:30–11:30 AM

On Saturday, March 22 in Macky Auditorium, the Boulder Phil will perform Ghosts of the Grasslands by composer Steven Heitzeg, a work that celebrates the life of the American prairie. Prepare for the concert with an easy morning hike to learn about the plants and animals of our native grasslands, and how they have changed since the first pioneers arrived in Boulder. Open Space & Mountain Parks naturalist Dave Sutherland will take you to a prairie dog town just south of Boulder to observe day-to-day life, and see how prairie dogs are an important part of the grassland ecosystem. Dress for the weather: it might be cool and windy. Meet at Marshall Mesa Trailhead, near the junction of Highway 93 and Eldorado Springs Drive. Visit for more information.


Simone Dinnerstein, piano

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 Independent praises the “majestic originality of her vision” and NPR reports, “She compels the listener to follow her in a journey of discovery filled with unscheduled detours...She’s actively listening to every note she plays, and the result is a wonderfully expressive interpretation.” 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 US 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.

The three albums Ms. Dinnerstein has released since then – The Berlin Concert (Telarc), Bach: A Strange Beauty (Sony), and Something Almost Being Said (Sony) – have also topped the classical charts, with Bach: A Strange Beauty making the Billboard Top 200, which compiles the entire music industry's sales of albums in all genres. Ms. Dinnerstein was the bestselling instrumentalist of 2011 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart and was included in NPR's 2011 100 Favorite Songs from all genres.

In spring 2013, Simone Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt will release an album together on Sony called Night, a unique collaboration uniting classical, folk, and rock worlds, exploring common terrain and uncovering new musical landscapes. Night features original songs written for the duo by Brad Mehldau and Patty Griffin, as well as classical selections and Merritt’s own work.

Other highlights of the current season include Ms. 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; the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s You Can’t Get There From Here at Symphony Hall in Boston; and her third return engagement at the Berlin Philharmonie.

Ms. 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; festivals that include the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival, the Aspen, Verbier, and Ravinia festivals, and the Stuttgart Bach Festival; and performances with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Kristjan Järvi's Absolute Ensemble, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and the Tokyo Symphony.

Ms. Dinnerstein is interested in exploring ways to subtly change the traditional concert experience, and has created a new program with thereminist Pamelia Kurstin and actor Alvin Epstein that combines classical music and avant-garde cabaret, and weaves together poetry, music, improvisation, and narration. The program debuted at New York’s popular West Village club, Le Poisson Rouge, in November 2012. Committed to bringing music by living composers to today’s audiences, Ms. Dinnerstein frequently performs pieces written for her by Philip Lasser and Daniel Felsenfeld. In addition to performing the new work written for her by Nico Muhly this season, Ms. Dinnerstein will be premiering a piano quintet by Grammy-nominated composer Jefferson Friedman in 2014.

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 received the National Museum of Women in the Arts Award and 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 (pronounced See-MOHN-uh DIN-ner-steen) lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and son.



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