Music

Music and student concerts showcase musical talent in a variety of genres and styles. This series, presented by the Department of the Arts, can be enjoyed in the Presser Music Room of the Music & Multimedia Building or the Kevin and Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center on the Newtown Campus.

Simone Dinnerstein,  March 26, 7:30 p.m., Zlock Performing Arts Center

Simone DinnersteinClassical Pianist Simone Dinnerstein

American pianist Simone Dinnerstein has 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 numerous "Best of 2007" lists. The four solo albums Dinnerstein has released since then – The Berlin Concert (Telarc), Bach: A Strange Beauty (Sony), Something Almost Being Said (Sony), and Bach: Inventions & Sinfonias (Sony) – have also topped the classical charts. In spring 2013, Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt released an album on Sony called Night, a unique collaboration uniting classical, folk, and rock worlds.

Other recent highlights include Dinnerstein’s debuts in Sydney and Melbourne; her debuts in Leipzig at the Gewandhaus and in Toulouse; the world premiere of a new work by Nico Muhly at Boston’s Symphony Hall; her third return engagement at the Berlin Philharmonie; and world premiere performances of Philip Lasser’s The Circle and The Child with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming highlights include recitals across the US at The Metropolitan Museum, Wolf Trap, Library of Congress, Portland Piano International, and UW World Series; a tour of Germany presented by Tonicale Musik; concerts in Istanbul, Jerusalem, Seoul, and Turin; plus a new recording with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra for Sony Classical.

Dedicated to her community, in 2009 Dinnerstein founded Neighborhood Classics, a concert series which raises funds for New York City public schools.

Dinnerstein is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she was a student of Peter Serkin. She also studied with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music and in London with Maria Curcio. Simone Dinnerstein lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and son. She is managed by IMG Artists and is a Sony Classical artist.

Tickets:  $24 general public; $10 students, seniors, and military personnel

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Pat Martino,  April 23, 7:30 p.m., Zlock Performing Arts Center

Pat Martino‌Legendary Jazz Guitarist Pat Martino

Jazz Guitar Legend Pat Martino comes to BCCC. One of the greatest guitarists in jazz, Martino had suffered a severe brain aneurysm and underwent surgery after being told that his condition could be terminal. After his operations he could remember almost nothing. He barely recognized his parents, and had no memory of his guitar or his career. He remembers feeling as if he had been "dropped cold, empty, neutral, cleansed, naked." In the following months. Martino made a remarkable recovery. Through intensive study of his own historic recordings, and with the help of computer technology, Pat managed to reverse his memory loss and return to form on his instrument. His past recordings eventually became "an old friend, a spiritual experience which remained beautiful and honest." This recovery fits in perfectly with Pat's illustrious personal history. Since playing his first notes while still in his pre-teenage years, Martino has been recognized as one of the most exciting and virtuosic guitarists in jazz. With a distinctive, fat sound and gut-wrenching performances, he represents the best not just in jazz, but in music. He embodies thoughtful energy and soul. For More information please visit http://www.patmartino.com/

Tickets:  $24 general public; $10 students, seniors, and military personnel

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Jim Cullum Jazz Band,  April 18, 7:30 p.m., Zlock Performing Arts Center

Jim CullumThe Jim Cullum Jazz Band has appeared in such major venues as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, major worldwide jazz festivals, and stars in its own public radio series, Riverwalk Jazz, broadcasting since 1987, heard on over 150 Public Radio stations nationwide and on the internet.

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band plays jazz in the classic manner, that is, in the style of small, hot ensembles prior to WWII. The band's repertoire covers a lot of ground--from 19th-century cakewalks to the small pre-war Benny Goodman ensembles.

The core of the band's music consists of the sounds of Jelly Roll Morton, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, New Orleans Rhythm Kings, King Oliver Creole Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong, and Sidney Bechet, as well as a heavy emphasis on Bix Beiderbecke and Hoagy Carmichael.

In keeping with the band's historical point of view, period instruments and performance practices are often used. Each member of the band is a specialist in historically informed jazz styles.

Leader Jim Cullum plays a cornet (instead of the trumpet or flugelhorn used in modern jazz), which was the instrument preferred by early jazz masters King Oliver, Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke. Phil Flanigan plays an old German double bass set up with gut strings and high action in the manner of the pre-amplified era. Kevin Hess uses drumming techniques and equipment more commonly found in the earlier drumming styles of Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, and Baby Dodds. Mike Pittsley on trombone and Evan Arntzen on clarinet.

From 1993-2005, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band was on the faculty of the Stanford Summer Jazz Workshop.

$20 general public, $10 students & seniors

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