The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University will present a faculty recital featuring Carleen Graff, piano at 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 29 at the Silver Center for the Arts. There is no charge for admission.
Carleen Graff is professor of music at Plymouth State, where she teaches piano performance, class piano and piano pedagogy. Dr. Graff received her D.A. degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado. She will perform solo works by Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Beethoven and Tan Dun.
Eva Nagorka, mezzo-soprano, will join Dr. Graff to perform Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103 by Johannes Brahms. The Zigeunerlieder (gypsy songs) first appeared as vocal quartets with piano accompaniment. The solo voice version is a rearrangement by Brahms of the original.
A frequent adjudicator for competitions and evaluations throughout the United States and Canada, Dr. Graff has performed solo and chamber recitals in New England, the Midwest and Germany. Her students have received numerous awards for their performances and studies. In addition, she directs the Plymouth Digital Keyboard Orchestra for young students, teaches pre-college piano students, and oversees young piano students from the community who are taking lessons at Plymouth State.
Ms. Nagorka is native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has appeared in New Hampshire at the Silver Center for the Arts, and with the Handel Society of Dartmouth College, Manchester Choral Society, Great Waters Music Festival and Educational Theatre Collaborative. She has also performed at many venues in the Washington, D.C. area in Europe.
Ms. Nagorka has been on the faculties of PSU, Concord Community Music School and George Washington University.