By Larry Taylor/Garden Grove Journal
A young piano sensation appears in Orange County this June when the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, in conjunction with the Baroque Music Festival Corona del Mar, presents Simone Dinnerstein, one of today’s foremost Bach interpreters, Monday, June 18, at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.
The acclaimed Dinnerstein makes her local debut in this concert, showcasing unique interpretations of several pieces in a special program of Bach preludes, inventions and partitas. The list includes French Suite No. 5, Partita No. 2, English Suite No. 3 and Partita No. 1.
An American pianist, she first gained international attention through the remarkable success of her self-financed recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Released in 2007, the recording quickly ranked No.1 on the U.S. Billboard
Classical Chart. It was mentioned on numerous “Best of 2007” lists, including those of The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.
Her Segerstrom Concert Hall performance is part of the week-long Baroque Festival, June 17 through 24, which includes three Corona del Mar locations. During this 32nd annual season, the Baroque festival will return to the traditional format developed for over three decades. Scheduled this year are an opening instrumental concerto concert, a keyboard recital, two chamber concerts and the Festival Finale for soloists, chorus and orchestra. Many celebrated guest artists will perform.
Kicking off the festivities, Sunday, June 17, at Saint Michael & All Angels Church, 4 p.m, will be music by Bach, Quantz, Scarlatti, Telemann, and Vivaldi. Elizabeth Blumenstock, will conduct the Festival Orchestra with guests Judith Linsenberg, recorder; and Stephen Schultz, Baroque flute
Wednesday, June 20, at Sherman Library & Gardens, Central Patio Room, 8 p.m., presents Music in the Gardens with Blumenstock leading an evening of instrumental and vocal chamber music, featuring flute and recorder in works by Bach, Boismortier, Telemann and Vivaldi
Friday, June 22, at Sherman Library & Gardens, Central Patio Room, 8 p.m. offers Music in the Gardens II, featuring French sonatas performed by Blumenstock and guests Gabriel Arregui, harpsichord; Timothy Landauer, cello, and David Shostac, flute.
Sunday, June 24, at Newport Harbor Lutheran Church, 4 p.m., celebrates Festival Finale, presenting music by Purcell, composed for royal occasions of the English Court. In addition there will be the world premiere of “Ode after Purcell: Wondrous Cecelia!” by composer Roy Wheldon with John Alexander, conductor, and Pacific Chorale’s Singers and Festival Orchestra.
For information contact Baroque Music Festival, Post Office Box 838, Corona del Mar, CA 92625-0838; (714) 9490 760-7887; info@CdM.org.