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KPBX Kids' Concerts: Classical Favorites Special Broadcast

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The broadcast took place on November 19 at 1 PM on KPBX 91.1

Ever wonder how some famous classical tunes have stayed popular through the decades, withstanding the test of time? Would you like to know the context behind some of the world's most recognizable classical songs? Maybe you're curious about the lives of some of the world's most famous composers.

From context to composition, your questions can be answered by tuning in to our upcoming KPBX Kids' Concert: Classical Favorites, Saturday November 19 at 1 PM on KPBX 91.1.

Host Jim Tevenan will join pianists Archie Chen, Rhona Gouldson, Melody Puller, and Matt Goodrich for beautiful performances and insightful commentary on some of the world's most iconic classical pieces.

Special thanks to our event donors, STCU, Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, and Rocket Bakeries.

Check out Gouldson and Chen's performance of "China Doll"!

China Doll for the Classical Favorites KPBX Kids' Concert

About the Performers

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Melody Puller
Melody Puller earned her Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Idaho, studying with Jay Mauchley. She lived in Burlington, Vermont from 2002-2015 where she taught piano students of all levels and abilities. She performed regularly for the Cathedral Arts Series in Burlington, Vermont and served as concert coordinator from 2014-2015. She has recently returned to her home in the Northwest where she grew up, so that she could be closer to her extended family.

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Matt Goodrich

Matt Goodrich
A native of Syracuse, NY, and proud new resident of North Idaho, Matt Goodrich is a graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory, where he studied with Julian Martin. He earned his DMA from the University of Washington under the direction of Robin McCabe. His dissertation, entitled Ricardo Viñes and Les Apaches, explored the life and talents of one of the 20th century’s most enigmatic performers. He continues to perform Viñes-related solo- and duo-piano repertoire across the United States.

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Rhona Gouldson and Archie Chen

Archie Chen
Dr. Chen’s performances have led him throughout the United States, Asia, the Middle East and Europe in such prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Gewandhaus, Vatican Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, National Concert Hall (Dublin) and concert halls throughout China. Archie’s performances have also been featured on radio and television with broadcasts in the United States and Europe and in movies including BBC Films “Loving Miss Hatto” a movie about “Hattogate” the recording scandal involving British pianist Joyce Hatto which features Dr. Chen’s performances of the famously difficult Godowsky-Chopin Etudes. An active chamber musician, he performs regularly with English cellist, William Butt and trumpeters Alan Vizutti and John Wallace. Chen has performed frequently with the Spokane Symphony, Coeur d’Alene Symphony, Gonzaga Symphony, RTE Concert Orchestra, Washington-Idaho Symphony, and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. He has recorded for both Sony Classical and Carnegie Artists Records.

Rhona Gouldson
Born in Dublin, Rhona Gouldson commenced her piano studies at age six at the Dublin College of Music (now the DUT Conservatory of Music and Drama) with teachers Mairead Hurley, Dr. Mary Lennon and Mr. Frank Heneghan for piano, Nancy Calthorpe for Harp and Dr. Joseph Groocock for Keyboard Harmony. She was on continuous scholarship there during all her years at the Conservatory. A regular Feis Ceoil & Fr. Mathew Feis prizewinner, Rhona has enjoyed performing and collaborating nationally with fellow musicians as well as vast accompanying for Festivals & ABRSM exams. She earned the Peter Killian medal for the highest placed Leaving Certificate Music in Ireland that year, and upon entry to Trinity College Dublin, was awarded the Taylor Exhibition, a two-year Scholarship for achieving a perfect aural test score - the first time in the history of the University & the best entrance exam amongst the 400 applicants that year. Rhona was subsequently invited back to Trinity College Dublin, to lead the aural training in the Masters in Multi media.

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