Simone Dinnerstein at Strathmore Sunday, Feb. 24

It’s the rock ’n’ roll dream: ambitious but unknown garage band has a hot sound but no one to release its album. So its members scrounge some cash together and produce it themselves. Through word of mouth, the album becomes a hit, and a major label finally takes notice and signs the group. Only in this case, the major label is Sony Classical and the garage band is pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Five years ago, Dinnerstein self-produced a recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations that launched her from obscurity to the classical A-list in a whirlwind straight out of a Wayne’s World fantasy sequence. Having reached the top, most people would rest easy. But Dinnerstein has been tireless, eschewing standard repertoire and the solo spotlight for new works with chamber ensembles, plus an alt-country collaborative album with singer-songwriter Tift Merritt due out later this year. It’s a bit surprising to see her return to those Goldberg Variations at her concert this evening, but sometimes fans need to be reminded of what made you famous in the first place.

Simone Dinnerstein performs at 7 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $28-$85. (301) 581-5100. strathmore.org.

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