The Mighty Bassoon: an escape from the depths of the orchestral pit to the solo stagewill be presented by the department of music and theatre at Plymouth State College. Constance Chesebrough, piano and Peter Simpson, bassoon, will perform works by Boismortier, Mignone and Prokofiev.
The first performance will be part of the weekly PSC student recital at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, at the Silver Cultural Arts Center Smith Recital Hall. A second performance will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 27, at the Plymouth Congregational Church on main street. Both performances are free and open to the public.
Constance Chesebrough earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Heidelberg College and a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati. She has served as a piano instructor and collaborative pianist in the department of music and theatre at Plymouth State College since 1987. Ms. Chesebrough performs regularly with students and faculty at PSC and has been the music director for numerous theatre productions including Quilters and The Imaginary Invalid.
Peter Simpson earned a master’s degree at UNH in 1975, following undergraduate study at the University of Rhode Island and Hochschule Mozarteum in Austria. He has taught at the University of Kentucky since 1976 and has been principal bassoon with the Lexington Philharmonic since 1978. For the past ten years he has been a proponent of the comedy recital, a mixture of humor and classical music that began with a portrayal of life as an opera pit musician.