Pianist Simone Dinnerstein and a Philip Glass premiere are in store when Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra presents “Philip Glass & Elgar” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 N. 12th St.
Led by music director Edward Polochick, the symphony will feature Dinnerstein on Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in G minor, BWV 1058, immediately followed by a Nebraska premiere of Glass’s newly composed Third Piano Concerto.
Dinnerstein last performed with LSO on Jan. 31, 2015.
“We are thrilled to be performing with Simone yet again, and especially with such beautiful programming,” Maestro Edward Polochick said. “The pairing of the music of Bach and Glass -- the latter written specifically with Simone in mind -- will not only be a joy to hear, but also a beautiful way to commemorate Philip Glass’ 80th birthday with his newest piano concerto.”
The concerto was commissioned by a consortium of 12 orchestras across the country in commemoration of Philip Glass’ 80th birthday, including Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra.
“The creation and performance of new works is so important,” said executive director Barbara Zach, “and LSO is thrilled to have the privilege of participating in the commissioning of a brand-new piece of music from such a legendary composer.
“Philip Glass is such an important voice, and has done so much to shape current American music. Everyone from casual moviegoers to serious classical musicians will recognize and enjoy his music, and it's exciting for LSO to be a part of history by premiering this newly written piece.”
Elgar’s famous Enigma Variations follows on the second half, taking the audience on an emotional, personal journey through the composer’s circle of friends, lovers, and acquaintances -- all through the variation of a simple theme.
Tickets are $35 and $15 and $5 for ages 17 and younger. They're available online at lincolnsymphony.com, by phone at 402-476-2211 or at LSO’s box office, 233 S. 13th St., Ste. 1702.