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Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 78: George Gershwin Is Alt Classical, With Simone Dinnerstein

Find out what makes Gershwin’s music unique, and what makes it classical.


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Simone Dinnerstein
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco. Courtesy of Ms. Dinnerstein’s website.

“Indie-Classical”, “Alt Classical”, “Nonclassical”… whatever you want to call it, George Gershwin may have been one of the first people to do it. Pianist Simone Dinnerstein explains Gershwin’s sound, its French influences, and what makes it uniquely classical.

Audio production by Todd “Teeny” Hulslander with editing by Mark DiClaudio, and one giant leap by Dacia Clay.

Music in this episode:

  • “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin, from Simone Dinnerstein’s new album, Broadway-Lafayette.
  • “An American in Paris” by George Gershwin.

For more about Simone Dinnerstein:

Thumbnail photo also by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco.