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The Next Wassermann Concert is More Than "Goode"

Richard Goode

LOGAN — There is an axiom that the total is more than the sum of its parts. That phrase isn’t often used in the arts, but it might sum up the next solo piano recital performer at Utah State University’s Wassermann Festival. 

Richard Goode is the consummate teacher, musician, recording artist and concert performer. He is known internationally, and he has been on Wassermann Director Dennis Hirst’s wish list for years. In fact, in 1997 when Hirst first joined the Wassermann and was just finding his legs as a festival director, one of the first names that came to mind was Goode’s. Of course, that was before Hirst learned the realities of assembling a series and the associated costs. 

But this year, everything fell into place and Hirst is able to bring Goode ― a person he refers to as a “showstopper” ― to Logan.

Goode is featured in a solo piano recital Thursday, March 3, in USU’s Caine Performance Hall. Concert time is 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets are available through the Caine College of the Arts Box Office, Room L101 in the Chase Fine Arts Center or online via a link on the Wassermann website (http://www.usu.edu/wassermann/). Reserved seat tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for USU faculty and staff and students ages 8 and older can purchase a $12 ticket.

“When putting this year’s series together, Richard Goode was the central choice for the season ― the other concerts were built around his decision to come to the Wassermann,” Hirst said. “The stars aligned and we were able to work it out. He’s been on my ‘most wanted list’

since I began directing the festival.” 

Goode’s concert program includes many of the finest works by the classical world’s most

renowned composers, including Bach, Beethoven and Schubert. Hirst is especially excited to hear a personal favorite, Beethoven’s “Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110.” 

According to his biography, 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.” 

His reviews back that up. 

The “Washington Post” writes “Richard Goode is one of the finest pianists in the world. Few can match his unfailingly beautiful tone, effortless technical command, interpretive insight and total emotional commitment to the music he plays.” 

And this from the “Los Angeles Times”: “A total performance that was a joy in the ear, a nourishment for the mind and an uplift for the spirit. For this listener, it was a high point of the musical year.” 

Or, as Hirst said, “he’s the whole package.” 

For information on the concert or any of the Wassermann Festival events, contact Hirst at dennis.hirst@usu.edu.

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Writer: Patrick Williams, USU Public Relations and Marketing 02/12/16

Photo: (Wassermann_Goode(steveriskind) – (photo by Steve Riskind) Pianist Richard Goode is

featured at Utah State University 2016 Wassermann Series in a solo piano recital Thursday,

March 3, in USU’s Caine Performance Hall. Concert time is 7:30 p.m.