Praised internationally for her riveting performances, bestselling instrumentalist of 2011 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart concert pianist Simone Dinnerstein will be the featured performer for Lake Tahoe SummerFest’s second weekend, Aug. 8-10.
The New York-based pianist gained an international following because of the remarkable success of her first recording of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.” In its first week of sales it landed No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart and was named to many “Best of” lists, including those of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the New Yorker. Three subsequent solo albums have also topped the charts.
Dinnerstein, who has been praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as being “in a league with any of the great Beethoven pianists of our time,” will perform Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 2,” one of the composer’s most popular pieces for piano and orchestra.
The Aug. 8 concert opens at 7 p.m. with the lyrical and serene “Pavane” from French composer Fauré and finishes with the atmosphere of highland lakes and mountains with Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony No. 4.
Dinnerstein, famous for her interpretation of the keyboard works of J. S. Bach, then shares that mastery in the virtuosic “Concerto No. 1” by Bach on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. On the second half of the program the passionate music of Brahms’ “Serenade No. 1” showcases the SummerFest Orchestra.
On Sunday, Aug. 10, two events will provide close encounters with music and the musicians.
At 11 a.m., a Children’s Concert — free to the public — will feature the lauded Young Musician’s Choral Orchestra from Oakland in jazz and choral selections, plus the chance to speak with performers afterwards while enjoying ice cream.
At 4 p.m. on Sunday, the Meet the Music, Meet the Musicians performance takes the audience on a musical tour of Paris.
This new concert experience features the virtuoso SummerFest Orchestra musicians playing in intimate ensembles, capturing the essence of this musically famous city in concert chats and visual images.
Afterwards, the musicians are available for questions and conversation as the audience can partake of Parisian treats.
Now in its third season, the 40-member Lake Tahoe SummerFest orchestra performs in a 500-seat, intimate acoustical tent pavilion on the campus of Sierra Nevada College, 999 Tahoe Blvd. in Incline Village, Nev.
For tickets and season subscriptions information go to tahoesummerfest.org.