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“Difficult Grace” by Seth Parker Woods named a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times

“Difficult Grace,” by USC Thornton strings department faculty member Seth Parker Woods, has been named a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times. An evening-long multimedia program at the 92nd Street Y’s Kaufmann Concert Hall, the performance featured Woods performing a series of works with the choreographer and dancer Roderick George.

“Woods was already a cellist of prodigious technical gifts and sharp intellect,” wrote Anastasia Tsioulcas in the Times review. “This program has stretched him even further into performing as a spoken word artist and singer as well as instrumentalist.”

Tsioulcas lauded the program, calling it “a feast for the ears, eyes and mind.” 

“Woods is an artist rooted in classical music,” Tsioulcas added, “but whose cello is a vehicle that takes him, and his concertgoers, on wide-ranging journeys.”

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