Rhapsody in Blue: Meet The Guest Artists, April 7 - 9
The jazz connection: Gershwin married classical music to the most unique of American art forms, while Ives’ Second Symphony alludes to popular American folk tunes including “Camptown Races,” “Turkey in the Straw” and “America the Beautiful.” Between them, Ravel’s beautiful piano concerto, also heavily influenced by jazz.
Charles Ives (1874-1954) Symphony No. 2
Allegro molto vivace
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Concerto in G Major for Piano and Orchestra
Simone Dinnerstein, Piano
George Gershwin (1898-1937) Rhapsody in Blue
Simone Dinnerstein, Piano
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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.
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 U.S. 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.
Four Solo Albums
The four solo albums Dinnerstein has released since then—The Berlin Concert (Telarc), Bach: A Strange Beauty (Sony), Something Almost Being Said (Sony) and Bach: Inventions & Sinfonias (Sony)—have also topped the classical charts.
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, Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt released an album together on Sony called Night, a unique collaboration uniting classical, folk and rock worlds, exploring common terrain and uncovering new musical landscapes. Dinnerstein was among the top ten bestselling artists of 2014 on the Billboard Classical Chart.
In February 2015, Sony Classical released Dinnerstein’s newest album Broadway-Lafayette, which celebrates the time-honored transatlantic link between France and America and includes Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Philip Lasser’s The Circle and the Child: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, written for Dinnerstein.
The album was recorded with conductor Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra by Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse.
Around The World
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.
Dinnerstein has played concerts throughout the U.S. for the Piatigorsky Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing classical music to non-traditional venues.
She gave the first classical music performance in the Louisiana state prison system when she played at the Avoyelles Correctional Center, and performed at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in a concert organized by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Dedicated to her community, in 2009 Dinnerstein founded Neighborhood Classics, a concert series open to the public hosted by New York public schools which raises funds for the schools.
Dinnerstein is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she was a student of Peter Serkin.
She also studied with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music and in London with Maria Curcio. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. with her husband and son and has recently joined the faculty of New York City’s Mannes School of Music.
Simone Dinnerstein is represented worldwide by Andrea Troolin/Ekonomisk Mgmt and is a Sony Classical artist. For more information please visit www.simonedinnerstein.com.
Baritone William Sharp
Baritone William Sharp is a consummate artist possessing the rare combination of vocal beauty, sensitivity and charisma.
He is praised by The New York Times as a “sensitive and subtle singer” who is able to evoke “the special character of every song that he sings.” Sharp has earned a reputation as a singer of great versatility, and continues to garner critical acclaim for his work in concerts, recitals, operas and recordings.
In the United States, Sharp has appeared as soloist with New York Festival of Song, Bethlehem Bach Festival, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Boston Early Music Festival, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Caramoor Festival, New York Philharmonic, Aspen Music Festival, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Mark Morris Dance Group and at the Washington National Cathedral.
Internationally, Sharp has performed with Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and with Radio Filharmonisch Orkest (at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw). Sharp’s Carnegie Hall performances include Britten’s War Requiem with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (James Conlon conducting), and in solo recital.
Grammy Award Nominee
Nominated for a Grammy award for Best Classical Vocal Performance for his recording featuring the works of American composers (New World Records), Sharp can also be heard on the Grammy award-winning, world-premiere recording of Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles (Koch International).
Other recordings include the songs of Marc Blitzstein with New York Festival of Song (Koch), and Bach solo cantatas with American Bach Soloists (Koch). He has also recorded for Vox-Turnabout, Newport Classics, Columbia Records, Nonesuch and CRI.
Hye-Young Kim, Piano
Hye-Young Kim is a highly sought-after collaborative pianist and coach with an expertise in an eclectic body of repertoire and ensemble performance experiences including chamber music, opera, and large instrumental and vocal ensembles.
Kim received her master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in keyboard collaborative arts from the Thornton School of Music at USC where she was awarded a graduate teaching fellowship.
Under the tutelage of Alan L. Smith while at USC, she received the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Award in Keyboard Collaborative Arts for five consecutive years and worked closely with such renowned conductors as Carl St.Clair, William Dehning, Yehuda Gilad and Brent McMunn.
Her initial collaborations with Maestro St.Clair of Pacific Symphony led to numerous other performance projects including semi-staged opera productions at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Kim currently teaches at Chapman University.
Kim’s performances as a collaborative pianist, coach and harpsichordist have been broadcast on radio and television and include international appearances in South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Austria, Italy and Cuba, as well as the United States.
Selected engagements include those with the American Institute of Musical Studies (Austria) and the Pilgrim Mission Choir of South Korea. In Southern California, she has performed with the USC Chamber Choir and USC Opera, UCLA Opera and Songfest, the United States’ premier art song festival.
Joseph Horowitz, Artistic Adviser
Joseph Horowitz has been Pacific Symphony’s artistic adviser since 1999.
Long a pioneer in creating interdisciplinary classical music programming, he served as executive director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, winning national attention for “the Russian Stravinsky,” “Dvořák and America,” “American Transcendentalists,” “Flamenco” and other festivals that explored the folk roots of concert works and the quest for national identity through the arts.
He is also the founding artistic director of Washington, D.C.’s path-breaking chamber orchestra, PostClassical Ensemble, in which capacity he has produced two DVDs for Naxos that feature classical documentary films with newly recorded soundtracks.
Award Winning Author
He is also the award-winning author of 10 books that address the history of classical music in the United States.
Both Classical Music in America: A History (2005) and Artists in Exile (2008) were named best books of the year by The Economist. Moral Fire: Music Portraits from America’s Fin-de-Siècle (2012) deals extensively with Charles Ives as an iconic American. His forthcoming book is Understanding Wagner.
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