In a premiere event for the University, Plymouth State Music, Theatre and Dance
faculty will perform a variety of vocal, instrumental, theatrical and dance works in a recital honoring President Donald P. Wharton, who will retire June 30. The recital will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23 in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center on Main Street in Plymouth. Professor Bob Swift says, “In all my years at PSU, there has never been a department event such as this. Few performing arts departments ever present a department-wide faculty recital.”
Performers on the program (as of press time) include:
Theatre faculty Elizabeth Cox and Paul Mroczka presenting a dramatic reading; dance faculty Joan Wiegers and Avery E. Lee performing a pas de deux; Professor of Piano Carleen Graff performing a solo piano work written by PSU student Dan Formidoni; Professor of Music Rik Pfenninger performing a saxophone solo; department chair and composer Jonathan Santore performing an original composition for voice; Professor of Music and former chair Robert Swift performing organ solos and Professor of Music Dan Perkins accompanying two of the performers on piano. Associate Professor of Design and Technology Matthew Kizer will create visual backgrounds for each of the performances.
Free tickets are available at the Silver Center box office, (603) 535-ARTS. For concert information contact Professor Robert Swift at (603) 535-2366.
President Wharton, the 13th president of Plymouth State, is retiring after 13 years of service. As president, Dr. Wharton has worked with students, faculty, staff, alumni, community, business and state leaders to build the institution into a regional comprehensive university. Today PSU is a “university of first choice” for New Hampshire residents and for prospective students from around the country.