Stratford Summer Music


Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Anne Manson, Music Director with special guest Simone Dinnerstein

“In this absorbing and impressive performance, Anne Manson and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra bring out Glass’s intricate polyphonic weave with brilliant ease and assurance.” – Gramophone Magazine

Simone Dinnerstein returns to Stratford to perform the Philip Glass Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra conducted by music director, Anne Manson. Premiered in Canada in January of 2018, this concerto will be paired with Bach’s keyboard concerto in G minor, BMV 1058. Antonin Dvorak’s American String Quartet arranged for string orchestra and a new double violin concerto by Vivian Fung will also be included in the programme.

No stranger to the music of Philip Glass, the MCO was approached by special invitation to form part of a group of select orchestras commissioning this major new work, written for Simone Dinnerstein, in celebration of Mr. Glass’s 80th birthday.

Simone Dinnerstein

 “The idea for this commission first germinated in Philip Glass’s garden, where we met for breakfast one beautiful morning in the fall of 2014. I had been a fan of Glass since my tweens. In fact, his music drama, The Photographer, was the first live event that I attended without an adult, at age twelve. As a result, I have always associated his music with coming of age. I was thrilled and honoured when I received Glass’s invitation to breakfast and am eagerly awaiting the arrival of his concerto. There are almost no concertos written for piano and strings since Bach’s time. Both Glass and I have a strong interest in the music of Bach and how it impacts us today. The pairing of the Bach concerto with his own composition will create myriad strands of connectivity, enabling the listener to create bridges between the old and the new.” – Simone Dinnerstein

About the Composer:

Philip Glass is a musical genius. He’s revolutionized the classical world with a style that has also made him a pop cultural phenomenon. He has scored dozens of classic Hollywood films and created iconic works like Einstein on the Beach and Mad Rush. His signature sound has been imitated by countless others, from rarefied classical composers to famous producers of electronic dance music. The New York Times calls Glass, “The most prolific and popular of all contemporary composers”, and The Guardian says, “Can any of us imagine a musical world without Philip Glass?” Glass was honoured recently at the Kennedy Center Honors

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Assisted with a gift from:
Patricia O'Malley and Ron Hikel
Simone Dinnerstein, assisted with a gift from:
Roger Cotton and Marcia Matsui

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Wednesday July 17 | 7 pm

The Avondale

$60 (Orchestra)| $40 (Balcony and Stageside) + HST (+$5 at the door)



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