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Recitals in the Music Room

Alexander Hersh, cello
Christopher Goodpasture, piano


Saturday July 8, 2023 at 5:00pm

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Saturday July 8, 2023 at 5:00pm

This intimate Music Room recital, performed by Evnin Rising Star alumnus Alexander Hersh, traverses five distinct sound worlds with the cello as a guide. Invoking ancient instruments while breathing life into music of our time, the program probes sonic possibilities, both familiar and fantastical. Please stay afterwards to meet the artists, and enjoy a refreshing beverage!

Recitals in the Music Room / This new series of Saturday late-afternoon hour-long classical recitals are designed with our avid chamber music devotees in mind. Each program features alumni of Caramoor’s mentoring programs.

Seating is general admission, first come first served. Please note that this is an indoor event.

Claude Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano
Paul Wianko: Microsuite for Solo Cello
Anton Webern: 2 Pieces for Cello and Piano
Felix Mendelssohn: Cello Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 58
Giovanni Sollima: Lamentatio for Solo Cello

Learn More About the Artists

Alexander Hersh, cello

Having already performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony and the Boston Pops, cellist Alexander Hersh has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting and creative talents of his generation. He has received top prizes at competitions worldwide, including: the Astral Artists National Auditions, Salon de Virtuosi Career grant, National Federation of Music Clubs Biennial Young Artists Competition, New York International Artists Association Competition, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music competition, among others.  

A passionate chamber musician, Hersh has performed at music festivals worldwide, including Marlboro, Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Music@Menlo, I-M-S Prussia Cove, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Amsterdam Cello Biennial, Kneisel Hall, Lucerne, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. An alum of Caramoor’s 2017 and 2018 Evnin Rising Stars mentoring program, he serves as co-Artistic Director of NEXUS Chamber Music, an artist driven collective of musicians whose mission is to make classical music culturally relevant through live concerts and multimedia content.   

Raised in Chicago, Hersh began playing cello at age five. He received his Bachelor and Master degree from New England Conservatory. In 2017, Hersh was a recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe fund for studies at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule for Musik Berlin. His previous teachers have included Laurence Lesser, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Kim Kashkashian, and Paul Katz. He plays a G.B. Rogeri cello, courtesy of Guarneri Hall NFP and Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins.   

To learn more about Alexander Hersh, please visit his website (alexanderhersh.com). 

Christopher Goodpasture, piano

Christopher Goodpasture has a growing reputation as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral soloist. Winner of Astral Artists 2019 National Auditions in Philadelphia, he is a top prize-winner of international competitions including the Washington International Piano Competition, Seattle International Piano Competition, Iowa International Piano Competition, Dallas International Piano Competition, and Serge and Olga Koussevitzky Competition for Pianists in New York.


Recent and forthcoming orchestral performances include Saint-Saëns’ Concerto No. 2 with the Dallas Chamber Symphony; Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2 and Grieg’s Concerto with the Oakville Symphony in Toronto; concert works of Gershwin with the Riverside Symphonia; Mozart’s Concerto No. 23 with the Chamber Orchestra of New York; and Beethoven’s Concerto No. 2 with the Joven Orquesta Leonesa in Léon, Spain, as well as appearances with the Sioux City, Northumberland, and Acadiana Symphony Orchestras.  

From a young age, Goodpasture developed a keen interest in collaboration and is now a widely sought-after chamber musician. He has collaborated with members of the Takacs, Ysaye, Amenda, and Guarneri string quartets and has appeared in performances at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Kneisel Hall, Sarasota, and Banff Festivals.  

Born in Los Angeles, California, Goodpasture holds graduate degrees from the Yale School of Music and The Juilliard School.  

To learn more about Christopher Goodpasture, please visit his website (https://www.christophergoodpasture.com). 

Health & Safety / We’re committed to maintaining the health and safety of our audience, artists, and staff, while ensuring that every visit to Caramoor is comfortable and enjoyable. Click here for more information and up-to-date health and safety policies.

This concert was made possible, in part, thanks to the generous support of The Amphion Foundation and The Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation.

Caramoor is proud to be a grantee of ArtsWestchester with funding made possible by Westchester County government with the support of County Executive George Latimer.
All concerts made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.