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New York pianist Simone Dinnerstein returns to Chandler

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Photo courtesy of Chandler Music Hall
Chandler favorite, Simone Dinnerstein returns to Randolph for a performance on Jan. 26.

New York pianist Simone Dinnerstein returns to Chandler Music Hall for a recital on Saturday evening, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Chandler audiences have developed a special relationship with this extraordinary pianist through her regular performances at Chandler, and welcome her back for a sixth season, with a performance of the work that catapulted her to international recognition, the J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations. 

There is a special 5:30 p.m. pre-concert dinner offered in the Esther Mesh Room of the Upper Gallery. Middlebury professor Larry Hamberlin will give a pre-concert talk in the main hall about the Goldberg Variations at 7 p.m., and a complimentary reception for the artist and the audience follows the performance in the Chandler Gallery.

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 New York Times reported, "An utterly distinctive voice in the forest of Bach interpretation, Ms. Dinnerstein brings her own pianistic expressivity to the Goldberg Variations, probing each variation as if it were something completely new." Slate magazine raved, "Dinnerstein is a throwback to such high priestesses of music as Wanda Landowska and Myra Hess."

Simone Dinnerstein states, "My relationship with the Goldberg Variations is a lifelong one. I find the music endlessly fascinating and expressive and challenging. Every few years I like to practice and perform the variations again, and the process of rediscovering the music shows me how I have grown and changed in the interim. I am excited to find new details in the score that I hadn't noticed before and I warmly reconnect with the old discoveries that still resonate with me. In the process, I discover more deeply the musician I am in this moment."

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.

Tickets for the concert are available online at or by calling the box office at 802-728-6464. There is a special reduced price for tickets purchased before the day of the concert.