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Legendary pianist Richard Goode to appear with Rising Star Soprano, Sarah Shafer
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Richard Goode and Sarah ShaferOn Tuesday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. at SOPAC, Seton Hall's Classical Concert Series presents legendary pianist Richard Goode and rising star soprano, Sarah Shafer. In Mr. Goode's third appearance for the Classical Series, he appears with Ms. Shafer in a recital of leider and solo works by Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, and Gustav Mahler. A pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the SOPAC Loft with Dr. Robert Waters precedes the program.

Praised for her "luminous voice" and "intensely expressive interpretations," (The New York Times) the 23-year old Ms. Shafer is quickly emerging as a sought-after operatic and concert artist. A native of State College, PA, she studies in the opera program at the Curtis Institute of Music with Joan Patenaude-Yarnell. She recently made her professional operatic debut in the role of Barbarina and the cover role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Glyndebourne Festival and at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall. Roles for this coming season include her American debut with Opera Memphis singing Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, and Papagena in Opera Company of Philadelphia's Die Zauberflöte.

Richard Goode has been hailed for music-making of tremendous emotional power, depth and expressiveness, and has been acknowledged worldwide as one of today's leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music. In regular performances with the major orchestras, recitals in the world's music capitals, and acclaimed Nonesuch recordings, he has won a large and devoted following. In an extensive profile in The New Yorker, David Blum wrote: "What one remembers most from Goode's playing is not its beauty—exceptional as it is—but his way of coming to grips with the composer's central thought, so that a work tends to make sense beyond one's previous perception of it… The spontaneous formulating process of the creator [becomes] tangible in the concert hall." According to The New York Times, "It is virtually impossible to walk away from one of Mr. Goode's recitals without the sense of having gained some new insight, subtly or otherwise, into the works he played or about pianism itself."

Tickets for the concert can be purchased through the SOPAC box office:, and (973) 313-2787. General admission is $25, senior tickets are $15, and student tickets are $8.

For more information please contact:
Dena Levine
(973) 275-2450


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