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Caroline Shaw to host concert at Willamette

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Caroline Shaw

Caroline Shaw, the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for music, is visiting Willamette University on Feb. 2. 

As part of the university’s Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series (DAS), which draws renowned musicians to interact and perform with students in Salem, Shaw is hosting a public concert that includes a world premiere work at 7:30 p.m. in Hudson Hall. 

Shaw is a composer, singer, violinist and producer based in New York. She’s won two Grammy Awards for contemporary composition and nominated for a third that will be announced in April. At age 30, she won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 for her composition, “Partita for 8 Voices.” 

Joined by several Willamette student and faculty musicians — as well as guest artists The Delgani String Quartet, cellist Valdine Mishkin and The Salem String Quartet — the concert will include “To the hands (cantata),” “Gustave Le Grey” and “Cant voi l'aube,” among other works. The world premiere was commissioned by the DAS and a contemporary music series at Willamette for Zeller Chair in Dramatic Vocal Arts Katherine Skovira. 

Shaw’s visit marks the second performance for the 2021-22 DAS season. The last one will feature Bryan Pezzone and Francois Houle in April. 

Concert ticket information: Free for students; $10 for Willamette faculty and staff; $25 for general admission. Buy tickets. Proof of vaccination is required at the door, as well as masks. Read more about university covid guidelines. The event will also be live-streamed.

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