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Simone Dinnerstein Live from the Music Room at Dumbarton Oaks

Virtual Stream
October 31  –  November 6, 2020
The American pianist’s program, featuring pieces by Philip Glass and Franz Schubert, draws on her emotional response to isolation in the time of pandemic.


We are delighted to announce that you can once again hear music at Dumbarton Oaks! The extraordinary American pianist Simone Dinnerstein will perform a recital of pieces by Philip Glass and Franz Schubert, and you are invited to get your virtual front-row seat for this event, which will be recorded live in our historic Music Room. A link to the streaming performance will be emailed to all ticket holders and will be accessible until Friday, November 6 at 2 p.m. ET. 

The pandemic has upended the world for artists everywhere. Dinnerstein writes that her experience “is hardly unique in that it dramatically restricted my world. . . . All my travel and concerts were cancelled. Time seemed to stop. . . . Indeed, for two months I think I barely touched the piano.” Dinnerstein’s return to music-making began when, encouraged to make a recording, she chose a program informed by her emotional response to the isolation she felt. Titled A Character of Quiet, this program features études by Philip Glass and the Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960, by Franz Schubert. Please join us!

“A unique voice in the forest of Bach interpretation” (New York Times), Simone Dinnerstein first came to wide public attention in 2007 with her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which reflects an aesthetic that is both deeply rooted in the score and profoundly idiosyncratic. Since that recording, she has had a busy performing career, playing with orchestras ranging from the New York Philharmonic to the Melbourne Symphony and performing in venues from Carnegie Hall to the Seoul Arts Center. Her ten albums have all topped the Billboard classical charts. “Ultimately,” writes the Washington Post, “it is Dinnerstein’s unreserved identification with every note she plays that makes her performance so spellbinding.” In a world where music is everywhere, Dinnerstein hopes that it can still be transformative.

Photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco