The Plymouth State University Department of Music, Theatre and Dance will host the eighth annual Contemporary Piano Festival for pianists in grades nine through 12, March 11 at the Silver Center for the Arts. The participants will be from New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts.
A competition at 9 a.m. opens the daylong event, with students performing individual movements or single pieces of solo piano works by 20th and 21st century composers. Recognition will be awarded to the highest-placing competitors. A limited number of competition entrants will also be invited to perform in a recital at 3:15 p.m. alongside Plymouth State piano students.
Professor Carleen Graff, organizer of the program, will present a lecture on solo piano works by living composers at 11 a.m. Composers to be discussed include Dr. Jonathan Santore, of Plymouth, chair of the PSU Music, theatre and dance department; Dr. Millard Thomson of Rumney, Plymouth State professor of music emeritus; and Daniel Formidoni from Claremont, who is a junior piano major with emphasis in composition. Also Lowell Lieberman, György Ligeti. Tan Dun and Simon Sargon.
Dr. Graff will also present a piano master class at 1:45 p.m.
A session entitled “Meet Living Composers” will be presented at 1 p.m. by Santore, Formidoni and Carl Wishneusky, a senior music technology major at Plymouth State.
The morning competition and afternoon recital are open to the public, free of charge.
For information call Dr. Graff at (603) 535-2313.