Neighborhood Classics presents its Artistic Director, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, in concert at P.S. 321 in Brooklyn. Simone will perform music by Ravel, Gershwin, and Philip Lasser from her new album Broadway-Lafayette, which is out February 24 on Sony Classical. Pianist Doris Stevenson will accompany Dinnerstein for movements of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and composer Philip Lasser will perform the piano arrangement of the orchestral part for his new concerto written for Dinnerstein, The Circle and the Child. Yamaha will be generously donating the two grand pianos for the performance. All ticket sales for this one-hour, family-friendly concert benefit P.S. 321.
“This concert series is about bringing communities together around music,” Dinnerstein explains. “It is a way for students, parents, teachers, and neighbors to gather in a familiar and comfortable setting to listen to great music.” All of the performances take place in the evenings and on weekends, so that families may attend together.
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein founded the Neighborhood Classics series in 2009 at P.S. 321, the school that her son attended and where her husband teaches, and expanded the series to P.S. 142 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 2010. Neighborhood Classics builds relationships at a local level between neighborhoods and musicians.
These one-hour, family-friendly performances, which are hosted by Dinnerstein and feature musicians she has admired and collaborated with during her career, are open to the public and raise funds for the schools. The musicians performing donate their time and talent to the program, and the concerts are organized and administered by parent volunteers and faculty members.
$15, all ticket sales benefit P.S. 321.
Presented by Neighborhood Classics