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April 16, 2012 /FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / Photo attached
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WINSTON-SALEM – University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will present world-renowned classical pianist, Richard Goode, on Saturday, April 21 in Watson Hall. Mr. Goode will also host a master class with selected students on Sunday, April 22.

For his recital, Goode will perform Schumann’s Kinderszenen and Kreisleriana, as well as an all Chopin second half.

Goode first visited UNCSA in the 1980s. Professor Eric Larsen said, “Richard Goode’s visit to UNCSA in the 1980s was undeniably one of the most life-changing experiences I have had. His ability to communicate a musical message, both from the piano and in the studio, is super-human. I couldn’t be happier for our students and the community at large to have Mr. Goode with us again. It will be an extraordinary event.”

Richard Goode
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Richard Goode

Goode has won numerous awards including the Avery Fisher Prize in 1980 and a Grammy in 1983. He has a diploma from Curtis Institute of Music and a B.S. from Mannes College of Music. Many composers have also written pieces specifically for him to premiere. He has been described by the Washington Post as “one of the finest pianists in the world” and by The Toronto Star as “the sort of pianist this world needs more of.”

In addition to his recital, Goode will also host a master class for selected School of Music students on Sunday, April 22.

Goode’s residency at UNCSA is part of the School of Music continued effort to host and present guest artists on campus. Previous guest artists have included Frederica von Stade and the Emerson String Quartet. This year, Goode’s residency occurs concurrently with a $40,000 fund-raising initiative to support piano student scholarships at UNCSA.

The recital will take place in Watson Chamber Music Hall on the UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St., Winston-Salem at 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 21. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors/students. The master class on Sunday, April 22 will begin at 1:00pm in Watson Hall and is free and open to the public. Call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945 for reservations, or visit www.uncsa.edu/performances to purchase tickets online.

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.