University and High School Students Perform Works from Piano Concerto Literature

February 7th, 2012 by Elizabeth

inside piano worksPLYMOUTH, N.H.— The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University will present a free evening of piano concertos at 7 p.m. Friday, February 24, as department students and high schoolers present movements from the piano concerto literature.

Each student will perform one movement of a selected concerto, and one will perform a concerto with only a single movement.

First-year student Alicia Dale, a music education major from Claremont, will perform a movement of the Haydn D Major Concerto.

Elizabeth Hodges, a first-year music major from Bow, will play a movement from the Mozart Concerto in C Major, K. 415.

Sophomore Jack Bresnahan, a music education major from Longmeadow, Mass., will perform a movement of the Beethoven Concerto No. 2 in Bb Major, Op. 19.

Alex Heinrich, a music major from Charlton, Mass., will perform a movement from the Shostakovich Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102.

Music minors Eric Burns, a sophomore from Brooksville, Maine and senior Anne Kelly of Campton will also perform. Burns will perform a movement from the Peskanov Concerto No. 1 and Kelley will play the third movement of the Bauer American Youth Concerto.

Two local high school age students will also join the program. Kate Brownstein of Campton will perform the third movement of the Mozart Concerto in F Major, K. 413. Katie Roukes of Holderness will play Mendelssohn’s Capriccio Brilliant, Op. 22.

Department collaborative pianists Constance Chesebrough or Allan DiBiase will play the second piano part for each student.

Professor Carleen Graff, coordinator of piano performance studies at PSU, says this program gives piano students exposure to a huge body of wonderful piano repertoire that is not frequently performed, since playing with orchestra is not readily expected today. “Performing with another musician is an enjoyable and educational experience for pianists who perform solo music most of their lives,” Graff said.

Free tickets for the performance are available at the Silver Center Box Office,
(603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.

General information about PSU events is online at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

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