Cohosted with The Phillips Collection, “Sixty Years of Gould’s Goldberg Variations” celebrated two major milestones in the modern history of classical music. First, the event recognized the 60th anniversary of Glenn Gould’s landmark 1955 Goldberg Variations, one of the best loved and most unique interpretations of Bach in the history of recorded music. Secondly, the night commemorated Gould’s American debut, which took place in the historic Music Room of the Phillips Collection.
To honor this watershed year, Aspen Around Town and The Phillips Collection invited one hundred music lovers to a musical conversation in the very same room of the Phillips in which Gould had made his first US performance. The evening featured NPR’s Susan Stamberg in dialogue with world-renowned concert pianist Simone Dinnerstein at the keyboard. This memorable evening of virtuosic performance and reflection channeled Gould's idiosyncratic relationship to Bach and his ongoing influence on pianists of the present era.