Student concerts on June 25 and 29 open to the public
PLYMOUTH — A summer festival devoted to teaching aspiring pianists is celebrating its 22nd year on the campus of Plymouth State University.
The Piano Monster Festival serves as an intensive learning experience for piano players in grades five through 12. Sponsored by the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, the camp gives students the opportunity to spend time with peers, learn to perform in an ensemble setting, and work under the direction of a conductor. The camps conclude with final concerts at Silver Center for the Arts. Junior campers will perform on Wednesday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Seniors on Sunday, June 29 at 4 p.m.
Piano Monster founder and Director Carleen Graff, PSU Professor of Music, noted anyone who appreciates music is urged to attend the concerts:
“The public will enjoy the unique experience of hearing and seeing multiple pianos played simultaneously by 32 hands, or 160 fingers, under the direction of a conductor. Numerous interesting pieces will be performed, including The Pink Panther theme, rags, marches, selections from the Sound of Music, works by classical composers Grieg, Tchaikovsky, and Moszkowski, and original compositions by Robert Vandall. In addition, the Festival Chorus will sing at the Junior Camp concert, and a vocal ensemble and hand bell choir will perform at the Senior Camp concert. Both concerts will include digital keyboard orchestras,” Graff explains.
Internationally recognized composer Robert Vandall is returning for his third year as instructor and conductor. Vandall has travelled extensively throughout the US, presenting workshops to teacher groups and directing large piano ensembles.
Tickets are available for $8 at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-ARTS(2787) or (800) 779-3869, or may be purchased online at http://silver.plymouth.edu.