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Hving released her first album only eight years ago, Simone Dinnerstein, 43, has become the rare classical artist to cross over into other genres without sacrificing her ambitions or succumbing to schmaltz. The chart-topping pianist has proved not only to be a master interpreter of Bach and Gershwin, but in 2013, she collaborated with the rootsy singer-songwriter Tift Merritt on a smart, intimate album titled "Night," on which they found new, rewarding ways into Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now" and Billie Holiday's "Don't Explain." Dinnerstein, whose new solo album, "Broadway-Lafayette," features compositions by Gershwin, Maurice Ravel and Philip Lasser, will perform Lasser's "The Circle and the Child - Concerto for Piano and Orchestra" Oct. 16 with the Frost Symphony Orchestra. The concert will open the 32nd Festival Miami and also include performances of Alan Hovhaness' "And God Created Great Whales" and Howard Hanson's "Symphony No. 5."

When: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. Where: UM Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables.

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