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Beethoven and Bartok at the BPO

A graduate of the Juilliard School, Simone Dinnerstein studied with a legendary pianist, Peter Serkin. After that, though, she took her own route to the top. She financed her debut CD in 2007, a recording of Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations. It attracted such notice that it was picked up by the Telarc label, soaring to the top spot on the classical charts.

Since then, Dinnerstein’s clear, introspective playing has won her legions of fans. She has followed up her early success with CDs on the Sony label: “Bach: A Strange Beauty” and “Something Almost Being Said: Music of Bach and Schubert.” She also has been heard on “CBS Sunday Morning.”

Dinnerstein makes her debut in Buffalo this weekend, performing two concerts with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Kleinhans Music Hall. She will be playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a subtle piece of music that should spotlight the delicacy of her playing. The concert will also include “Two Portraits” and “Kossuth” by Bela Bartok, music that the BPO will be recording for a 2014 Naxos release. The concert opens with the Rhapsody No. 1 For Orchestra by Georges Enesco.

The concerts are at 10:30 a.m. Friday – part of the BPO’s popular “Coffee Concerts” series – and 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $28-$76. For info, call 885-5000.

– Mary Kunz Goldman

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