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Poet C.K. Williams and Pianist Richard Goode Together At Richardson Auditorium March 9, 2014

February 14, 2014

Princeton University Concerts Grammy-winning pianist Richard Goode and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams. The poet and pianist will alternate, with Mr. Williams giving his poetic take on the pieces Mr. Goode performs, among them music of Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Bach and Janáček. The recital will take place on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3pm in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. A pre-concert discussion between C.K. Williams and Richard Goode will be moderated by Professor Jeff Dolven and is free to ticketholders at 2pm.

Over two years ago, Marna Seltzer, Director of Princeton University Concerts, first approached C.K. Williams about a potential collaboration with the series. "It was over lunch that I first asked "Charlie" about his relationship to music and discovered that he had studied the piano as a child and had a great affinity for the piano repertoire," said Seltzer. "I left the lunch full of ideas but my first thought was of Richard Goode, who I knew to be not only a fabulous concert pianist but a lover of literature, words and poetry. I thought wouldn't it be remarkable if the two could meet and explore doing something together? I called Richard's manager immediately and asked if he might consider meeting with Williams and he quickly said yes!" Over the subsequent months Williams and Goode had several meetings and began to explore each other's artistry. They met at Mr. Goode's Manhattan apartment where Richard played through repertoire and Charlie read him his poems. They found a common language and then spent close to a year refining a program of words and music that they felt paired well together. C.K. Williams says, "Richard knows poetry better than I know music. He's really immersed himself in my poems and has been such a perfect collaborator for this project." For his part, Williams, who has written on and off throughout his career about music, was newly excited by Mr. Goode's playing and has written a new poem, inspired by Beethoven's piano music, that will he will read for the first time at the recital. "New projects are always a risk," says Seltzer "and when we first committed to this one, we had no idea how the collaboration would work and even though we still won't really know how it works until March 9, the best possible outcome has already occurred and that is that two great artists, both poets in their own right, have found partnership in each other and are creating something for us as a real joint partnership. I couldn't be more pleased." The program on March 9 is the only place to hear the result of this distinguished partnership.

SCHUMANN Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6, No. 9
"Wood" and "Back"
MOZART Ein Kleine Gigue, K. 574
SCHUMANN "Des Abends" from Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
"My Mother's Lips"
CHOPIN Scherzo from Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58
BRAHMS Capriccio in C Major, Op. 76, No. 8
"Invisible Mending"
BACH Sinfonia No. 5 in E-flat Major, BWV 791
BACH Prelude and Fugue No. 20 in A Minor BWV 889 from The Well Tempered Clavier, Book II
"Breeze with Flowers" and "Garden"
JANÁČEK "A Blown Away Leaf" from On An Overgrown Path
JANÁČEK No. 4 (Presto) from In the Mists
"Beethoven Reinvents the Species Again"
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101
Additional readings tba. Program subject to change.

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 the 2013-2014 season, Mr. Goode appears as soloist with such orchestras as The New York Philharmonic with David Zinman, the Chicago Symphony with Mark Elder, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin with Herbert Blomstedt, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with Peter Oundjian, with whom he will also tour throughout Canada with the Toronto Symphony. His always compelling recitals will be heard at Carnegie Hall in New York, in London, in Paris, at the Aldeburgh Festival and on leading concert and university series around the world. In addition, he will perform a chamber music concert with members of Boston Symphony Orchestra, and will hold master classes at major conservatories and music schools on both sides of the ocean.

Richard Goode is an exclusive Nonesuch artist, and has made more than two-dozen recordings, including the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, the complete Partitas by J.S. Bach, and solo and chamber works of Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Busoni, and George Perle. His four recordings of Mozart Concerti with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra were received with wide critical acclaim, including many "Best of the Year" nominations and awards, and his recording of the Brahms sonatas with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman won a Grammy Award.
Mr. Goode is married to the violinist Marcia Weinfeld and when the Goodes are not on tour, they and their collection of some 5,000 volumes live in New York City.

C. K. Williams was born and grew up in and around Newark, New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in philosophy and English. He has published many books of poetry, including Repair, which was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize, The Singing, which won the National Book Award for 2003, and Flesh and Blood, the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Prize in 1987. He has also been the recipient of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the PEN Voelker Career Achievement Award in Poetry for 1998; a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA grants, the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin, a Lila Wallace Fellowship, and prizes from PEN and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He published a memoir, Misgivings, in 2000, which was awarded the PEN Albrand Memoir Award, and translations of Sophocles Women of Trachis, Euripides Bacchae, and poems of Francis Ponge, among others. His book of essays, Poetry and Consciousness, appeared in 1998. H e teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.

WHEN: Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3:00PM
Pre-concert Talk between Richard Goode and C.K. Williams moderated by Professor Jeff Dolven

WHERE: Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

TICKETS: $45, $35, $20 General; $10, $5 Students. Tickets are available by calling 609-258-9220, online at or in person at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office (open Monday-Friday, 12:00PM-6:00PM) Richardson Auditorium Ticket Office (open two hours prior to the performances at Richardson Auditorium).

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