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Simone Dinnerstein offers mesmerizing recital for Music Worcester / Telegram & Gazette Q&A

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Telegram & Gazette's Richard Duckett writes.......Putting together a concert program is obviously something classical music pianist Simone Dinnerstein puts a lot of thought into. You might also say she has delighted in doing it, especially when the end result in performance works as well as she thought it would. "It actually ended up sounding how I envisioned it sounding," Dinnerstein said about a program she put together two years ago and performed a few times while touring last year.

Featuring works by Baroque composer François Couperin, 19th-century Romantic Robert Schumann, late 19th/early 20th-century French avant-garde Erik Satie, and contemporary American Philip Glass (born 1937), the program is very diverse on one level and yet Dinnerstein has striven to build it into a coherent, even mesmerizing, whole.  "I think it works incredibly well. It's very exciting for me to play it," she said. "I think some of the transitions are extremely special."

It's a program Dinnerstein was going to play in what was planned as her solo recital debut in Mechanics Hall Jan. 8 presented by Music Worcester. But you can still get to watch and listen to it since Dinnerstein performed the recital at her home in Brooklyn, New York, for Music Worcester in November and it will be presented on-demand beginning at 8 p.m. Jan. 8. 

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