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Acclaimed Pianist Richard Goode Returns to Middlebury October 5 to Play Beloved Works

September 16, 2014

Musician Will Perform on the New Piano He Helped to Select

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Middlebury, VT—Pianist Richard Goode, who has won worldwide acclaim for his interpretations of the classical masterworks, will return to the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall on October 5 to play a program including Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, and Schumann. Goode is a Middlebury audience favorite, having performed beautifully-received concerts on campus in both 2004 and 2010. This time, he will perform on Middlebury’s new Steinway concert grand piano, which he helped select for the College last year, at Steinway’s factory in Astoria, NY.

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Richard Goode is one of today’s leading interpreters of classical and romantic music. He has been hailed worldwide for music-making of tremendous emotional power, depth, and expressiveness. In regular performances with major orchestras, recitals in the world’s music capitals, and through his extensive and acclaimed recordings on the Nonesuch label, he has won a large and devoted following. Gramophone magazine recently captured the essence of what makes Goode such an original and compelling artist: “Every time we hear him, he impresses us as better than we remembered, surprising us, surpassing our expectations and communicating perceptions that stay in the mind.”

The 2014–2015 season is a full and impressive one for Mr. Goode, bringing him to Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, five appearances at Carnegie Hall, appearances as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and to chamber music concerts with young artists from Marlboro Music Festival. He will perform at some of the most prestigious organizations in the world this year, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London, the Celebrity Series of Boston, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, Yale School of Music, Dartmouth College, Duke Performances, Middlebury College, and in other major concert series in the U.S. and Europe.

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Goode records exclusively for the Nonesuch label, with more than two-dozen recordings over the years, ranging from solo and chamber works to lieder and concertos. His latest recording of the five Beethoven concertos with the Budapest Festival Orchestra was released to exceptional critical acclaim, described as “a landmark recording” by the Financial Times and nominated for a Grammy award. His 10 CD set of the complete Beethoven sonatas cycle—the first-ever by an American-born pianist—was earned a Grammy nomination and has been ranked among the most distinguished recordings of this repertoire.

Adding to his history of performances at Middlebury, Goode enjoys a long-standing connection with Vermont. Together with fellow world-class pianist Mitsuko Uchida, Goode served as co-artistic director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Marlboro, Vermont from 1999 through 2013. His first brush with Marlboro began when he was only 14; over the 28 summers he has spent there since, he has made a notable contribution to this unique community that the New Yorker magazine recently described as “the classical world’s most coveted retreat.”

Goode is married to the violinist Marcia Weinfeld, and, when not on tour, they and their collection of some 5,000 recording volumes live in New York City.

The concert by Richard Goode will take place on Sunday, October 5 at 3:00 P.M. in the Concert Hall of the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts, on the campus of Middlebury College. Associate Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin will offer a pre-concert lecture at 2:15 PM in Room 221. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south. Free parking is available. Tickets are $25 for the general public; $20 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://www.middlebury.edu/arts.

 

 

Photo credits:

Top right: Pianist Richard Goode, appearing at Middlebury’s Mahaney Center for the Arts October 5; photo Michael Wilson

Center top: Pianist Richard Goode, appearing at Middlebury’s Mahaney Center for the Arts October 5; photo Steve Riskind

Second from top, left: Pianist Richard Goode, appearing at Middlebury’s Mahaney Center for the Arts October 5; photo Aaron Kimball

Bottom, right: Pianist Richard Goode, appearing at Middlebury’s Mahaney Center for the Arts October 5; photo Michael Wilson

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