SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra will present its season-opening concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26 at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox (1001 W. Sprague Ave.). The concert will feature Mozart’s Overture to “The Abduction from Seraglio,” Ravel’s “Piano Concerto in G Major” and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”
The concert, to be conducted by Kevin Hekmatpanah, features internationally celebrated soloist and recording artist Simone Dinnerstein – one of the leading pianists of her generation. An exclusive Sony recording artist, Dinnerstein’s recordings have frequently topped the sales charts. Dinnerstein has received glowing reviews and accolades from audiences and critics alike. She often collaborates with the most prestigious ensembles and respected musicians in various parts of the world.
General admission is $12 and $10 for non-GU students and seniors. This performance is free to GU faculty, staff and students. Tickets are available by calling (509) 624-1200 or can be purchased at the ticket office at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. (Tickets will be available at the door.) For more information about this or other Gonzaga music department concerts, please call (509) 313-6733 or visit its website.
Slate magazine called Dinnerstein “a throwback to such high priestesses of music as Wanda Landowska and Myra Hess,” and was praised by TIME magazine 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 on Telarc, 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 those of 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 Chart. For more information about Dinnerstein, visit her website.