Willamette's Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series features early music

Willamette University’s Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series presents performances and master classes by renowned soprano Julianne Baird and acclaimed early keyboard artist Marcia Hadjimarkos.

Hadjimarkos will hold a fortepiano master class for Willamette students on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Rogers Rehearsal Hall and Baird will hold master class for student singers on April 24 at 2:30 p.m. in Hudson Hall, both within Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend. 

Baird and Hadjimarkos will perform in concert April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Hudson Hall. The unique program includes rarely heard songs by Franz Schubert and Josef Haydn and will include songs by Mozart. It also features an unusual piece by Jan Ladislav Dussek for piano and speaker, telling the story of Queen Marie Antoinette’s last days during the French Revolution in words and music. Reserved seating is $22.

Baird has performed as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, among other major symphony orchestras. The Washington Star wrote that Baird is “one of the most extraordinary voices in the service of early music that this generation has produced. She possesses a natural musicianship which engenders singing of supreme expressive beauty.”  

Marcia Hadjimarkos has performed at international festivals throughout France, Italy and the Czech Republic. Her 1999 recording of Haydn sonatas on the clavichord was awarded a Diapason d’Or — the equivalent of an “Editor’s Choice” — by reviewers of Diapason magazine in France.

Tickets are available through, at the door or by calling Travel Salem at 1-800-874-7012.

For more information, contact the Willamette Music Department at 503-370-6255 or visit