Pianist Elizabeth Schumann performs at Willamette April 10

by University Communications,

From Beethoven to Liszt, beautiful music awaits those who attend Willamette University’s Grace Goudy Distinguished Artist Series April 10, featuring pianist Elizabeth Schumann.

The recital begins at 7:30 p.m. in Hudson Hall at the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center.

“These concerts are significant,” says Jean-David Coen, music professor and interim director of the series.

“It is a joy to invite to campus the greatest of artists, teachers and musical luminaries. In addition to their actual artistic expression, they interact with our students — bringing perspectives and the element of the unexpected to which the campus community is not exposed on a daily basis.”

In a balanced program that spans a huge range of stylistic and technical expressions, Schumann will perform music that is rarely played because it is so monumentally difficult, Coen says.

This includes the Oregon premiere of the third piano sonata composed by the renowned Australian composer Carl Vine, which Schumann commissioned after she was awarded the prestigious Gilmore Young Artists Award.

“I am looking forward to hearing the new work,” Coen says. “Vine’s music is fascinating and exciting in ways one cannot anticipate; it also doesn't conform to any traditional idea of what contemporary or new music should be. Hearing an extraordinary composition for the first time can be an overwhelming experience.”

Winner of the Bösendorfer International Piano Competition and the Pacific International Piano Competition, Schumann has traveled all around the world as a recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist. Her talent has earned her more than 25 prizes and awards in major national and international competitions.

She is also founder of the Piano Theatre artist group, the Piano Carnival project, and a nonprofit called Project Classical, Inc., which works to promote and support artist coalitions and increase funds and access to music education.

“The creativity she has is extended in very fundamental ways,” Coen says. “As a Gilmore recipient, she is not just a crowd-pleaser; she has something extra.”

Now in its 31st season, the Distinguished Artists Series brings world-renowned musicians to Salem several times each year. Sponsored by Willamette University and directed by music professor Anita King, the program is supported through an endowment established by The Collins Foundation in the 1990s to honor the late Grace Goudy, an original trustee of the foundation.


Recital tickets cost $5 for Willamette students, $8 for non-Willamette students with ID, $18 for Willamette faculty and staff, and $23 for other single tickets.

To purchase tickets or get more ticket information for the recital, visit absolutelytix.com or Travel Salem, 181 High St., NE, 503-581-4325.

Schumann is also offering a free master class April 11 from 1-3 p.m. in Hudson Hall. The event is open to the public.

• Article by Natalie Pate ’15, politics and French/Francophone studies major