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February 7, 2014

Julliard-trained pianist Simone Dinnerstein to perform at Purdue

West Lafayette, Ind. – Famed pianist Simone Dinnerstein will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Purdue University's Loeb Playhouse.  This performance is presented by Purdue Convocations.

Juilliard-trained pianist Simone Dinnerstein internalizes her interpretations - every note, pause, and dynamic is filled with emotion and intentionality. In 2005, she blazed her own trail by self-financing her critically lauded debut in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. Then, in 2007, she self-financed her recording of J.S. Bach's "Goldberg" Variations, which hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard classical chart. She has demonstrated her ability to hop genres with Night, her recently released song cycle of Americana arias alongside singer-songwriter Tift Merritt.

The performance includes the Indiana premiere of Nico Muhly's "You Can't Get There From Here," George Crumb's "Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik" (Ruminations on "Round Midnight" by Thelonious Monk), Beethoven's Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111, and J.S. Bach's "Two-Part Inventions." The Inventions are part of Dinnerstein's latest album, a recording of Bach's Inventions and Sinfonias, which was released Jan. 21. Muhly's "You Can't Get There From Here" is a meditation on "The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book."

George Crumb's "Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik" for amplified piano is a set of diverse variations on Thelonious Monk's ballad "Round Midnight" that calls for the pianist to strum the piano's strings, create percussive rumblings, and count off to midnight aloud in Italian.

Bach's "Two-Part Inventions," written in 1723 as musical guide for keyboard players, are a core part of the piano repertoire for students and professionals, but are rarely performed in concert.

Tickets are $26 for adults and $19 for those 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Group discounts are also available to groups of 10 more. Call 765-496-1977 for more details or visit http://www.convocations.org/group-sales/

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations was one of the first professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 20-30 performances of widely varying genres. Purdue Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media.

Source: Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, 765-494-9712, aeeddy@purdue.edu 

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