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Simone Dinnerstein

Simone Dinnerstein in the KPBX studios
Jim Tevenan
Spokane Public Radio
Simone Dinnerstein in the KPBX studios

Ahead of her concert with the Gonzaga Orchestra, the pianist talks Bach and Brahms

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein returns Spokane to play music of Johannes Brahms with the Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra, her fourth appearance with the ensemble.

In advance of her performance of the Brahms' Second Piano Concerto, Simone came to the KPBX studio for a conversation with Jim Tevenan about her history with the music of J. S. Bach, her many distinguished recordings that often center on music by unlikely pairings of composers (such as Philip Glass and Franz Schubert), and the concerto she will play with the GU orchestra.

After more than 25 years of teaching music, theater and English in San Francisco schools, Jim relocated to Spokane in 1995 to become organist/music director for St. Augustine Parish on the South Hill. Since around 2004, with the help and patience of Verne Windham, he has been able to realize his long-standing dream of doing radio. Jim specializes in classical music, but also can do the occasional jazz show. Jim and his wife, Carol, fill their free time caring for llamas, rabbits and chickens after having watched their two children grow up and leave the nest.