Dinnerstein To Perform Free Concert At Chandler as Memorial to Watton

Arts / May. 24, 2012 11:08am EDT

Internationally acclaimed pia­nist Simone Dinnerstein will be performing an all-Bach memorial concert for Harry B. Watton II at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph on Friday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Janet Watton, president of the board of directors of Chandler Center for the Arts, is offering this free concert to friends, family, the community, and all who love music, in memory of her late husband, who died on November 4, 2011 at their home in Randolph Center after a prolonged illness. A reception will be held for the audience following the concert in the Chandler Gallery.

Dinnerstein makes her fourth appearance at Chandler with this performance. During each of these stays in Randolph she made her home with the Wattons. Over many conversations about their mutual love of music, a friendship devel­oped and she graciously offered to remember her friend in this way.

On the program will be the French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816, the English Suite No. 3 in G mi­nor, BWV 808, and the Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825.

“It takes a lot of imagination to play Bach, and even people who don’t listen to classical mu­sic have an emotional response,” Dinnerstein said of performing Bach.

The International Piano periodi­cal said of Dinnerstein’s approach, “It is refreshing to hear Bach play­ing that needs to prove no points, instead allowing music of genius to shine out, played with intelligence, clarity and great affection—as well as high spirits aplenty...”

There is no admission charge and no tickets are required. Donations may be made in Harry Watton’s memory to support fine classical music at Chandler.

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