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52nd Annual Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Lecture-Performance: Simone Dinnerstein

Release date: March 04, 2012

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Internationally acclaimed classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein will be the featured artist for Goucher College's 52nd Annual Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Lecture-Performance on Sunday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in Kraushaar Auditorium.

This event is open to the public, but tickets are required for all attendees. Tickets are free for Goucher students, faculty, staff, and alumnae/i; $10 for general admission. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 410-337-6333 or by logging on to www.goucher.edu/tickets.

Dinnerstein has been called "a throwback to such high priestesses of music as Wanda Landowska and Myra Hess" by Slate magazine and praised by TIME for her "arresting freshness and subtlety."

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, 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 in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker. Her follow-up album, The Berlin Concert, also gained the No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart.

Dinnerstein has since signed an exclusive agreement with Sony Classical, and her first album for that label—Bach: A Strange Beauty—was released in January 2011, immediately earning the No. 1 spot on the Billboard classical chart and making the Billboard Top 200, which compiles the top-selling albums in all musical genres.

Her second album for Sony Classical will be released on January 31, 2012. Titled Something Almost Being Said, it includes Bach's Partitas Nos. 1 and 2, and Schubert's Four Impromptus, Op. 90. The album was recorded at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York by Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse.

Dinnerstein's performance schedule has taken her around the world since her triumphant New York recital début at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in 2005. Recent and upcoming performances include her recital débuts at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival, and at the Stuttgart Bach Festival; as well as concerts with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and the Tokyo Symphony. In New York she has performed in Lincoln Center's Great Performers series and in three sold-out recitals at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Over the past few years, Dinnerstein has been featured in Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, "O" The Oprah Magazine, TIME, Slate, The Sunday (London) Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, and The Guardian, among others. She also has appeared on radio programs, including BBC Radio 3's In Tune, NPR's Morning Edition, American Public Media's Performance Today, and XM Radio's Classical Confidential.

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 twice received the Classical Recording Foundation Award.

For almost five decades, the annual Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Lecture-Performance has featured notable musicians, including Marilyn Horne, Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, Aaron Copland, Ravi Shankar, and Cyrus Chestnut. Established in 1959 with a gift from the Louis and Henrietta Blaustein Foundation, the Rosenberg Lecture-Performance honors the late Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg, the latter a 1921 Goucher alumna.