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Karen Becker and Friends Concert to Feature Music of Sergei Prokofiev

SUNY Plattsburgh’s Department of Music will present a “Karen Becker and Friends” concert with pianist Dr. Karen Becker and violinist Marilyn Reynolds 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 in E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, located in Hawkins Hall. Admission is free.

The program consists entirely of works by Russian composer, pianist and conductor Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953).

“In choosing the Prokofiev, I wanted to challenge myself and my audience — this is music that is wonderful, but that sometimes needs an explanation. This concert will give my audience a chance to experience rhythm and tonality on a whole new level,” Becker said.

Prokofiev is considered by many to be one of the most important composers of the 20th century. A master of numerous musical genres, his orchestral, chamber and piano works, operas and ballets are enjoyed throughout major concert halls around the world

Becker, an associate professor of music at SUNY Plattsburgh, performs both locally and in venues across the country. Events this fall include a recital program with the Frontier Saxophone Quartet. Past highlights include a five-year celebration of her local concert series, concerts in Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as a series of lecture recitals on the 32 Beethoven Sonatas. Becker has served as music director for numerous SUNY Plattsburgh musicals, as well as productions with the AuSable Valley Players. She was granted a Nuala McGann Drescher leave in the spring of 2010 to study the Beethoven sonatas with her former teacher, Christopher Taylor. Becker currently serves as artistic director of Champlain Valley Voices and SUNY Plattsburgh Choral Union.

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