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Concertos by Bach + Glass: A Far Cry with Simone Dinnerstein

RB88热博官网 (Aliso Viejo, CA, August 10, 2018) – Debuting a new concerto by composer Philip Glass (2018 Kennedy Center Award recipient), A Far Cry with pianist Simone Dinnerstein will open the new season at Soka Performing Arts Center on Friday, September 14, 2018, at 8:00 p.m.  Paired with two Bach Concertos, the evening will include a pre-performance q&a with Classical KUSC’s Jon Van Driel.

Tickets for Concertos by Bach + Glass: A Far Cry with Simone Dinnerstein are $60 for adults; and $48 for youth aged 18 and below. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

About Simon Dinnerstein and A Far Cry

Simone Dinnerstein and A Far Cry, recently hailed by The New York Times as “Boston’s premier chamber orchestra,” team up for the Southern California debut of a new concerto by Philip Glass.  Co-commissioned by A Far Cry and composed by Glass specifically for Dinnerstein, whom The New York Times calls “an utterly distinctive voice in the forest of Bach interpretation,” Concerto No. 3 for piano and strings was premiered in Boston last year. The program also includes Glass’ Symphony No. 3 and Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in G Minor and the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.

Founded in 2007, the Grammy-nominated string orchestra A Far Cry has developed a distinct approach to music making, with playing and programming that encourage risk-taking and exploration for both and audience. They have collaborated with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Roomful of Teeth, Silk Road Ensemble, Vijay Iyer, and David Krakauer.

Simone Dinnerstein is known for her “majestic originality of vision” (The Independent). Committed to musical outreach, she gave the first classical music performance in the Louisiana state prison system. Additionally, Dinnerstein performs for the Piatigorsky Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing classical music to non-traditional venues, and supports music education in public schools.

About Soka Performing Arts Center

Soka Performing Arts Center opened its doors in 2011and is now one Southern California’s cultural jewels. Located at 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo on the campus of Soka University of America, the 1,000-seat concert hall features world-class acoustics designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, acoustic designer of noted performance venues like Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

Designed truly to reflect the university’s commitment to sustainability, the concert hall and adjacent Maathai Hall (featuring a black box theatre and dance studio) have been built to Gold LEED standards and feature vegetated green roofs. Photo voltaic cells on the Soka Performing Arts Center roof generate approximately 15% of the facility’s electrical needs. Soka University of America is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate program. The campus is rated in the Top 50 National Liberal Arts Colleges in US News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2018.” The university is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs and was founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights, and the sanctity of life. For more information: RB88热博官网.

Event Info:

Concertos by Bach + Glass: A Far Cry with Simone Dinnerstein

Friday, September 14, 2018, at 8:00 p.m.

Soka Performing Arts Center

Soka University of America

1 University Drive

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Tickets: $60/$48 youth aged 18 and under (General Admission)

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