The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein in a special holiday concert at The Met’s Grace Rainy Rogers Auditorium. The concert will feature Poulenc’s Suite francaise, Debussy’s Suite bergamasque, George Crumb’s A Little Suite for Christmas, and Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960.
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 Independent praises the “majestic originality of her vision” and NPR reports, “She compels the listener to follow her in a journey of discovery filled with unscheduled detours . . . She’s actively listening to every note she plays, and the result is a wonderfully expressive interpretation.”
Dinnerstein shared a personal story attached to Schubert’s striking and lyrical Sonata in B-flat major, written during the final months of his life in 1828. She says, “This sonata has been one of my favorite pieces for years. I love it so much that I wanted to wait to learn it. In the last month of my pregnancy with my son, I became obsessed with Schnabel’s recording of it and listened to it over and over again. A couple of days after he was born he was crying and I didn’t know what to do. I put on Schnabel’s recording and he stopped crying and turned his head towards the speakers, clearly recognizing the music. Learning the sonata for myself over these past several months has taken me back to that very special time, 13 years ago. It is a thrilling process to find this music in my fingers and I am excited to start my journey performing it.”
Met Museum Presents is a wide-ranging series of performances and talks at The Metropolitan Museum of Art that explores contemporary issues and innovations through the lens of the Museum’s exhibitions and unparalleled gallery spaces. It creates a platform for curators, thought-leaders, and artists to come together and explore the Met as a generative force.
Tickets start at $65. Bring the Kids for $1. One full-price adult ticket allows you to purchase up to three kids’ (ages 7-16) tickets for $1 each.
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