Columbia Night Virtual Listening Party: Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Columbia Night
Columbia Night Virtual Listening Party: Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Join us for a virtual listening party featuring works by Glass and Schubert, performed by the visionary pianist, Simone Dinnerstein. Filmed live in the Lantern—a stunning part of Columbia University's Manhattanville campus.
Arts Initiative & Miller Theatre online
December 15, 2020 | 6:55 pm
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Program details

Philip Glass
Etude No. 2 (1994)
Franz Schubert
Molto moderato from Piano Sonata in B-flat, D. 960 (1828)

How to join

Click the "Get Tickets" button above to RSVP for the listening party. The Zoom link will be provided by email the morning of the event.

Presented by

Arts Initiative, Miller Theatre, & School of the Arts
Columbia University
New York, NY

About This Event

Concert co-presented by Miller Theatre and Columbia University School of the Arts

Live from Columbia brings Columbia University to audiences around the world, showcasing the breadth of Miller’s programming—from Bach to jazz to living composers—while highlighting the iconic beauty of the campus of Columbia University. 

Simone Dinnerstein’s “majestic originality of vision” (The Independent) has made her one of today’s most sought-after pianists. The frequent Miller collaborator performs a solo recital highlighting her thoughtful interpretation and signature expressive elegance.

Join us at 6:55 PM in our private Zoom room for an exclusive welcome from Simone Dinnerstein, take in the concert while chatting with fellow Columbians, and conclude the evening with a brief discussion.


Need some inspiration for discussion afterward? Below are a few questions to consider while you’re listening that will guide our post-concert conversations. But don’t feel pressured– this is just a fun, informal chat.

  • These two works are featured on Simone Dinnerstein’s recent recording A Character of Quiet, which she made at home this past summer while New York was experiencing restrictions on gatherings. She describes how “they both create a sense of time being trapped through repeated vision and revision, as the music tries to work itself to a conclusion.” What qualities do you feel are most essential to Simone’s performances of these pieces? 

  • The music on this program spans over 150 years. Schubert’s sonata is a masterpiece of the Romantic period of classical music. Phillip Glass’s etudes embody minimalism. And yet, there are similarities and connections between the two works. Does hearing these two pieces together illuminate any connections for you? 

  • In music, much like viewing a piece of art or reading a book, you may have an initial reaction upon your first encounter that evolves after repeated listening. How did each of these pieces resonate with you just now, and what do you think you might hear differently if you listened again and became more familiar with the music?

Image: Simone Dinnerstein / photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco