2018-2019 Professional Concert Series
Simone Dinnerstein

Washington Conservatory of Music in cooperation with Washington Performing Arts presents

Master Class with

and adult student performers
Amy Kett, Simon Finlow, and Viscount Thurston

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Westmoreland Congregational
United Church of Christ
One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816
FREE | directions

About the master class:
A master class is a rare opportunity to take a peek into the mind of a master musician, as he/she coaches students in a public mini-lesson.

In this master class, the audience will enjoy hearing the musical insights of this internationally acclaimed artist as she coaches three adult avocational and semi-professional pianists, including two adult students from the Washington Conservatory, in a unique listening and learning experience.

About Simone Dinnerstein:

American pianist Simone Dinnerstein is known for her “majestic originality of vision (The Independent) and her “lean, knowing and unpretentious elegance” (The New Yorker).

In 2017 Simone Dinnerstein released the album Mozart in Havana, recorded in Cuba with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra. She went on to bring the orchestra to the United States for their first ever American tour. In the same year Dinnerstein premiered a piano concerto written for her by Philip Glass and co-commissioned by twelve orchestras. She will perform the concerto nationally and internationally during 2018 and has recorded it for release in the spring. In 2017 she also collaborated with choreographer Pam Tanowitz on New Work for Goldberg Variations, which featured on the year-end top ten lists of critics at The New York Times and The Boston Globe.

Dinnerstein first attracted attention in 2007 with her self-produced recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. It was a remarkable success, reaching No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart, and established Dinnerstein’s distinctive and original approach. The New York Times called her “a unique voice in the forest of Bach interpretation.” Her career has since taken her around the world from Brazil to Japan and she has made a further eight albums with repertoire from Beethoven to Ravel.

Dinnerstein is committed to musical outreach. She plays concerts for the Piatigorsky Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing classical music to non-traditional venues. Under their auspices she gave the first classical music performance in the Louisiana state prison system at the Avoyelles Correctional Center. She also runs her own concert series supporting music education in public schools and brings a digital keyboard into elementary school classrooms across the country through her Bachpacking initiative. Dinnerstein is on the faculty of the Mannes School of Music and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son and Old English Sheepdog, Daisy.

Amy Kett, Washington Conservatory student of Dr. Audrey Andrist, will perform Beethoven Sonata in E Major Opus 109 - Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo.

Simon Finlow, Washington Conservatory student of Dr. Michael Adcock, will perform Chopin Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54.

Viscount Thurston, Washington Piano Society, will perform Schubert Sonata in G Major, D 894 – Molto moderato e cantabile.

The Washington Conservatory is one of 16 nationally accredited community music schools serving students of all ages and offering free professional concerts for the community. Families with children are encouraged to attend events and may sit in the balcony for easy viewing and exit.

Parking is on-street on Massachusetts and Western Avenues and in the parking lot of Westmoreland Congregational UCC church, located at One Westmoreland Circle at the boundary of DC and Bethesda.

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