An evening of chamber music will be presented Thursday, April 22, at 8 p.m. in Silver Cultural Arts Center at Plymouth State University.
Plymouth State Music Professors Carleen Graff (piano) and Kathleen Arecchi (vocal), along with guest artists Bozena O’Brien (violin) and Donna Denniston (cello) will present a Beethoven sonata for violin and piano, Philip Scharwenka’s Piano Trio in C-sharp Minor, and David Mullikin’s Voice of the River Han, a song cycle based on ancient Korean poems, written for soprano, violin, cello and piano. The concert is free and open to the public.
Carleen Graff is professor of piano performance, class piano and piano pedagogy at Plymouth State. Graff earned a B.M.E. degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, an M.A. degree from the University of Denver, and D.A. degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She received the Master Teacher Certificate from the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and was honored with the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association’s Teacher-Member of the Year Award. Graff is the founder of the biennial Plymouth State Piano Monster Concerts, the 20th Century Piano Festival and the Junior and Senior Piano Ensemble Camps. Her students have received numerous awards for their performance and studies.
Professor Kathleen Arecchi (voice/opera/musical theatre) is director of voice performance studies at Plymouth State. She holds the M.M. degree in voice performance from the Eastman School of Music, and the D.M.A. in vocal performance from the University of Maryland. A lyric soprano, Arecchi has performed with the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra and Opera North (N.H./Vt.). At Plymouth State, she has been either music or stage director for many productions of The Music Theatre Company, including Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein), The Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert & Sullivan), Into the Woods and Sweeney Todd (Sondheim), The Secret Garden (Simon), andA Night at the Opera.
Donna Denniston received her B.A. degree from Boston University and has taught at William Paterson College. She was associate director and cello coach of the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra Festival Strings, and has held positions with the New Jersey New Music Ensemble, William Paterson College Chamber and American Chamber Orchestras and Serenata Strings. A free-lace artist in the New England area, Denniston is a member of the Granite State Orchestra, the Musicians of Wall Street, and is a faculty member at the Concord Community Music School.
Bozena O’Brien is a member of the New Hampshire Music Festival, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Hanover Chamber Orchestra and the Musicians of Wall Street. She has studied at Boston University and her most recent teachers have been Elizabeth Clendenning of the Cleveland Symphony and Marylou Speaker Churchill of the Boston Symphony. O’Brien is a faculty member at the Concord Community Music School, St. Paul’s School in Concord, and Holderness Preparatory School, and has taught at Plymouth State University and Kimball Union Academy in Meriden (N.H.).