PSU's Carleen Graff will present a free lecture-recital on American four-hand piano music Thursday night
Published DatePLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University Professor of Music Carleen Graff will present a free lecture-recital on American four-hand piano music inspired by dances at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18 in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth.
PSU Collaborative Pianist Constance Chesebrough will perform the duets with Professor Graff, who will also present this program in Dusseldorf, Germany for the European Piano Teachers Association in May, one of only two U.S. educators to present.
The program will include a selection of works by composers Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Samuel Barber, John Corigliano, Amy Beach and Scott Joplin; as well as works by pedagogical composers Robert Vandall, Carolyn Miller, David Karp and Melody Bober. The latter four composers have all been conductors at the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance summer piano camps for young students grades 5–12 created by Graff.
Graff will speak about the beginnings of American music, and the fact that the U.S. does not have repertoire as old as that found in Germany going all the way back to Bach. She says, "Amy Beach is actually one of our earliest composers of duets, and where I found two that were dance inspired."