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A SOARING SOPRANO

The shining soprano voice of Carrie Hooper is, in itself, something to celebrate. Almost as impressive, though, is the way Hooper has forged a varied career in spite of being blind from infancy. Hooper has always chosen not to accept limitations. "I couldn't imagine my life without music," she told The Buffalo News a few years ago. "It gives me strength every day."

Joined by pianist Roland Martin, Hooper will wind up the prestigious Friends of Vienna recital series' 2004-05 season Sunday with a concert of two dozen songs. They range from folk songs like "Go 'Way From My Window" to an aria from "La Boheme" and a few standards by Richard Rodgers. Tucked in there, too, is a bouquet of German songs, including Richard Strauss' delightful "Schlagende Herzen" and Schubert's famous "An die Musik," which reflects Hooper's feelings about music exactly.

The recital takes place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Ave. Admission is $6. For more information, call 649-1743 or 837-3304.