Willamette University hosts classical pianist Umi Garrett Nov. 2

Willamette University will host distinguished classical pianist Umi Garrett this Wednesday as part of its yearly series presenting renowned artists to the Salem Community. 

The university’s Rogers Music Center Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series has been a key way to connect the community and students with prominent musicians from across the globe since 1983. 

It was named to honor the late Grace Goudy in 1990, who was an original trustee of the Collins Foundation which supports the series through endowment. 

This year’s series includes Garrett, as well as sitarist Arjun Verma in March 2023.

Garrett is an American classical pianist who recently graduated from the Juilliard School, and is now beginning a masters degree at Juilliard, according to a university press release. She released her first album, “Just For You,” at nine years old. Since then, she has gone on to win numerous awards for her classical music, including first place in the Juilliard School’s concerto competition and fourth place at the 2020 National Chopin Competition. 

Garrett’s rendition of one of Chopin’s works was also included on the soundtrack for the 2013 major motion picture “Jobs.” 

This year’s series will begin with a masterclass with Garrett for university students on Nov. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Hudson Concert Hall on campus at 900 State St. Admission is free and open to the public to observe. The program will include classical works by Beethoven, Schubert, Price, Grieg and Scriabin.

People will also have a chance to see Garrett perform at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 and can purchase tickets online.

Tickets cost $25 each for general admission, $10 each for Willamette faculty and staff, and $5 for seniors and Institute for Continued Learning members. Willamette student admission is free.

Contact reporter Jordyn Brown at [email protected].

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Jordyn Brown is an Oregon journalist who formerly worked for the Eugene Register-Guard.