Pianist Simone Dinnerstein will give the world premiere of Grammy®-winning composer Richard Danielpour’s An American Mosaic at and commissioned by the Oregon Bach Festival. Dinnerstein will perform the 15 piano miniatures and accompanying works by Bach. The performance will be available for on-demand streaming beginning December 6 at 2:00 pm PST.
Danielpour composed the work, “as a tribute to the heroic Americans who have suffered, struggled, prevailed, and perished during this terrible pandemic. …I feel blessed to have been able to collaborate with such an extraordinary artist [as Dinnerstein]. In the same way that we experience the secret ingredient of ‘love’ in the food of a great family-run restaurant, there is always love, great heart, and an impressive level of intelligence in Simone’s sound. Most of the movements pay tribute to pairs of individuals (e.g. caretakers and research physicians, parents and children, doctors and interns, rabbis and ministers, teachers and students, etc.) and each movement is dedicated to a person who heroically represents that field of endeavor. …In times such as these, music is rediscovered as a universal language that carries the potential to bring people together, even when they are at a forced physical distance from one another. It is my hope that the writing and realization of this piece will bring comfort and peace to those who need it most.”
Dinnerstein discusses performing and recording An American Movement on YouTube:
For more information on the project and to watch the performance, please visit oregonbachfestival.org.