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Mercer Pianist Celebrates Life Through Music

MACON, Ga--  "I’m 100% back,” says Dr. Carol Goff of Mercer University.  “It’s pretty amazing even to me. I have to remind myself that I’m okay."

Dr. Goff is giving her first concert since surviving a brain aneurysm in September.  Doctors gave Goff a 50% chance for survival.  "Or if I did survive, there would be paralysis or damage, brain damage, stroke, possible stroke,” Goff explains.  “None of those things happened."

Goff tells WGXA’s Angie Ragle this performance is a celebration of life through music.  This is a concert she has put on for the past several years.  She says it is part of her long-term recovery after 40 days in the hospital and months of rehabilitation.  "That I would be back at Mercer, this semester, teaching and that I would go ahead with this recital," Goff explains.

Goff started teaching at Mercer 25 years ago.  She teaches the art of musicianship, which helps students learn how to have the eyes and ears of a musician, something she knows well.

Her concert will include the Mercer Singers. Other students and staff will join Goff on stage in this musical tribute to life.

Goff says this concert is different from years past.  "It’s a program of celebration really," Goff says.  She personally chose each musical piece to show the emotional journey through life.  "Pain and the suffering that we go through, but then also all the joy that we have on the other side of it," explains Goff.

Goff says there is a simple message she hopes her audience comes away with.  "They’re glad they're alive," says Goff

The concert will be held Tuesday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fickling Recital Hall on the Mercer University campus. 

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