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Saturday, May 4 | 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $29.50-$37.50

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Winter/Spring 2013 Concert Series
sponsored in part by:

Simone Dinnerstein & Tift Merritt

Simone Dinnerstein, a Juilliard-trained classical pianist, and Tift Merritt, a singer-songwriter whose father taught her to play piano and guitar by ear, join forces for the first time in Night, a unique collaboration uniting the classical, folk, and rock worlds, exploring common terrain, and uncovering new musical landscapes. When the two met, they immediately realized that their passion for music and performance was kindred, if not the same. Night features new songs written especially for the duo by Brad Mehldau (“I Shall Weep at Night”) and Patty Griffin (“Night”), as well as Merritt’s own songs (“Only in Songs,” “Still Not Home,” “Colors,” and “Feel of the World”) and classical selections (an arrangement of Schubert’s Night and Dreams and Bach’s Prelude in B minor).

Dinnerstein, based in Brooklyn, New York, gained an international following after the remarkable success of her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which was released in 2007 on Telarc. The recording ranked number one on the U.S. Billboard classical chart in its first week of sales and was named to the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the New Yorker’s “Best of 2007” lists. She demonstrated her sticking‐power when her follow‐up album, entitled The Berlin Concert, also reached the top position on the Billboard classical chart. Now signed to Sony Classical, Dinnerstein released Bach: A Strange Beauty in January 2011. It debuted at number one on the Billboard traditional classical chart and defied boundaries as one of the few classical albums to grace the Billboard Top 200 chart.

GRAMMY‐nominated singer Merritt is a North Carolina native. With her longtime band, she has built a unique and critically acclaimed body of work of sonic short stories and poignant performances. Her latest release, See You on the Moon, was produced by Tucker Martine. It is her most coarsely emotional work to date and features her characteristic and unmistakable sound. The Wall Street Journal reports that Tift has a “sound that weaves through country, folk and rock . . . working in the tradition of Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Leonard Cohen.” Her albums have landed on Time’s and the New Yorker’s top-ten lists, and her first disc was named best debut of the year in any genre by the Associated Press. Merritt has performed on national television programs including NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly, CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman, and NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Night Program

“Des Abends,” from Fantasiestücke, op. 12 – Robert Schumann

“Trouble” – Cat Stevens
From an arrangement by Jenny Scheinman

“Keep You Happy” – Tift Merritt

“Dido’s Lament” – Henry Purcell

“Don’t Explain” – Billie Holiday
From an arrangement by Nina Simone

Three songs-in-progress: “Woman’s Heart,” “Backseat, and “Only in Songs” – Tift Merritt

“Night and Dreams” (“Nacht und Träume”) – Franz Schubert

“Walk Me through the Night”* – Philip Lasser

“Après un rêve” – Gabriel Fauré

“I Shall Weep At Night”* – Brad Mehldau

Prelude, Sarabande, Gavotte and Musette – J. S. Bach
From English Suite no.3 in G Minor, BWV808

“Night People” – Allen Toussaint
From an arrangement by Jenny Scheinman

“Night”* – Patty Griffin
From an arrangement by Jenny Scheinman

“Cohen Variations”** – Daniel Felsenfeld

“Something to Me” – Tift Merritt

“I Can See Clearly” – Johnny Nash

*Commissioned for Night
*Commissioned for Simone Dinnerstein

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