PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Plymouth State University Professor of Music Carleen Graff will present a program with works by German composers including Beethoven, Clara Schumann and Boris Blacker at 4 p.m. Sunday, October 25 in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.
The program will also present pieces by Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee, a contemporary Massachusetts composer and teacher who has written more than 185 opuses. Rahbee’s pianistic writing follows a style of the traditional keyboard repertoire using an idiom akin to Prokofiev, Scriabin, and Khachaturian.
A frequent adjudicator for competitions and evaluations throughout the United States and Canada, Graff has performed solo and chamber recitals in New England, the Mid-West and Germany, and her students have received numerous awards for their performances and studies.
In addition to teaching piano performance, class piano and piano pedagogy at PSU, Graff directs the Plymouth Digital Keyboard Orchestra for young students and recently had five digital keyboard works published by Ogilvy Music in Denton, Texas.
She also teaches pre-college piano students, and oversees the community young piano students at PSU.
In 1982 Graff brought the concept of monster piano concerts to Plymouth State, adding summer festivals for junior and senior high school students in 1993. Monster concerts provide opportunities for pianists to get outside their more common solo/duo mode and play as part of an ensemble, sometimes with as many as three pianists at one piano, and multiple pianos on stage.
Free tickets for the recital are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-Arts or (800) 779-3869.
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