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Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series: Julianne Baird, soprano; Marcia Hadjimarkos, fortepiano
Start Date: 10/18/2017Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 10/18/2017

Event Description
The Jane Austen Songbook

Through her "SONGBOOK" Jane Austen herself springs to life: her special likes and dislikes, her boisterous sense of humor, her passions, and her true nature is revealed. The Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series is proud to begin its 2017-2018 season Wednesday night, October 18th, 7:30 pm, with Julianne Baird, a soprano the New York Times has hailed as a "national artistic treasure" returning for the 3rd time in a collaboration with forte pianist Marcia Hadjimarkos. Together they present a completely unique program.

By 1770 the fortepiano had, to a large degree replaced the harpsichord, and Jane Austen as part of the education expected of that generation of young women, acquired considerably more than a passing knowledge of music and to the making of a "mix tape"- an anthology of one's favorite compositions for a friend. This is Austen's "Songbook"; Soprano Julianne Baird, and Marcia Hadjimarkos have created a superb and imaginative program of musical works, along with readings from Austen's novels in order to bring her favorite music and thus her spirit back to life.

We are fortunate to invite back to Willamette these superlative artists. Marcia Hadjimarkos is performing on an instrument, the fortepiano, whose new dynamic range and subtlety of response can be seen as a metaphor joining the worlds of music and literature. Her playing is described in Diapason; "Beyond the wondrous sensitivity of her touch, two elements stand out: her very flexible approach to rhythm, and her witty, sometimes daringly profuse and yet always idiomatic ornamentation. In short this is the most satisfying playing of Mozart I have heard in a long time."

Julianne Baird, whom the Washington Post describes as having "exquisite instrument which she uses with the intelligence of a scholar... the best voice of any living musicologist," and Marcia Hadjimarkos will also present, as part of their residency, a master-class for singers Tuesday October 17th at 2:00 pm on the stage of Hudson Hall at Willamette University. Admission is free for the master-class. Julianne Baird is also a supremely accomplished teacher who regularly gives master-classes at Yale, Juilliard, and Oberlin.

The season concludes Feb. 23 with a solo recital by one of Oregon's most beloved musicians and one of the world's great pianists, Jeffrey Kahane.
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Rogers Music Center  (View Map)
900 State Street
Salem 97301
Phone: (503) 370-6255
Room: Hudson Concert Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Diane P Trevett-Sedoruk
Phone: (503) 370-6255
Baird and Hadjimarkos
Admission / Ticket Info:
General Admission Seating

Tickets available at
Season Ticket (2 concerts) $40.00 - Adult only; Single Adult Tickets $23; Students with ID $8; Willamette Students with ID; $5; Willamette Faculty/Staff with ID $18.

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