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Rhapsody in Blue and beyond: Boulder Philarmonic take the Vilar stage on Monday

BEAVER CREEK — In 2007, pianist Simone Dinnerstein debuted her recording of Bach’s “Inventions and Sinfonias” at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Chart in the first week of sales. The Juilliard graduate has gone on to release multiple solo albums and has toured extensively internationally.

“Dinnerstein’s playing is one of a kind,” stated The Paris Review. “The intense conviction she communicates is so arresting that, for me, hearing her rendition of a piece makes it impossible to imagine it performed any other way.”

Boulder Philharmonic, directed by Michael Butterman, is a professional orchestra, presenting a comprehensive range of classical music throughout the year.

On the program are George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” and the Colorado premiere of Phillip Lasser’s “Piano Concerto,” which was written especially for Dinnerstein. Claude Debussy’s “La Mer” (“The Sea”) and Steve Heitzeg’s “Ghosts of the Grasslands” will round out the evening.

“The Boulder Philharmonic is a Colorado gem, and we are beyond thrilled to host these impeccable artists,” said Vilar Center executive director Kris Sabel. “The program is a diverse collection and we are looking forward to hearing recognizable classics as well as fresh compositions within the evening.”

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