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Simone Dinnerstein discusses 'Mozart in Havana' with WRCJ - Detroit

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Interview with WRCJ's Chris Felcyn

Sony Classical has just released Mozart in Havana from Simone Dinnerstein. The new album, recorded in Cuba, may be Dinnerstein's most ambitious to date and is a testament to music's ability to cross all cultural and language barriers. The pianist  collaborated with the virtuosic Havana Lyceum Orchestra to perform Mozart's Piano Concerto Nos. 21 and 23. In June, the Orchestra will also make their American debut in a series of concerts, the first time an orchestra of this size has traveled to the U.S. from Cuba since the revolution. In one sense, Mozart in Havana is a return to Dinnerstein's origins as a musician. Her connection with Cuba started early with Solomon Mikowsky, a Cuban émigré who became her piano teacher when she was nine. Mikowsky would tell stories of his childhood in Cuba and the country's many musical influences. Dinnerstein recalls, "I learned so much from Solomon, and one thing was that a musical culture is not something you have to be born to but something you can choose."

WRCJ: Dertoit's Chris Felcyn sat down with SD to discuss the new disc. Listen to the attached segment.