Oregon Bach Festival commissions Danielpour score for Simone Dinnerstein, commemorating those affected by pandemic

Posted on: September 8, 2020

The Oregon Bach Festival has commissioned Richard Danielpour to compose a set of fifteen miniatures, titled An American Mosaic, for pianist Simone Dinnerstein. The miniatures will be premiered virtually on December 6, 2020. Each miniature commemorates segments of the American population that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including parents, caretakers, and those who have lost their lives to the virus. Los Angeles-based Danielpour and New York-based Dinnerstein worked together on the project this summer via Zoom. The new commission followed the festival’s 2018 commission of Danielpour’s 100-minute The Passion of Yeshua, with the Buffalo Philharmonic and the SDG Foundation. The work premiered at Oregon Bach Festival with JoAnn Falletta conducting and has since seen other performances in Los Angeles and Buffalo, New York. A recording of that score was released on Naxos in March 2020.