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PSU offers month of plays, exhibits, music events

PLYMOUTH — The month of March kicks off a full schedule of events and exhibitions at Plymouth State University.

Included are: a stage presentation of Moliere’s “Tartuffe,” a brilliant comedy that targets religious hypocrisy; the All New England Jazz festival; the Museum of the White Mountains’ Beyond Granite: The Geology of Adventure; a lecture on how wealth inequality is “wrecking the world”; and a Silver Series double-bill concert of traditional and progressive bluegrass.

March 1 — 16th annual Contemporary Piano Festival, 9 a.m.–4:15 p.m., Silver Center. Open to pianists in grades 7–12, includes a competition, sessions on 20th and 21st century piano music, a seminar at 11 a.m. on the piano music of Alberto Ginastera by Professor Carleen Graff (open to the public), and a piano master class with Graff.

March 4 — Gallery opening: Momma. 4–6 p.m. Silver Center. Four progressive New Hampshire women artists, Marcia Santore, Laura Morrison, Patricia Schappler and Annette Mitchell, reveal their insights into the concepts of mother and motherhood. Curated by Marcia Santore. It runs through April 11. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.

March 6–9 — PSU Theatre: “Tartuffe,” Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center. Moliere’s brilliant comedy about religious hypocrisy, “Tartuffe” comes to PSU’s stage in a version adapted by director John Briggs. A witty, rambunctious and sexy comedy. Performances are March 6–8 at 8 p.m., March 8 & 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at

March 9 — Faculty Voice Recital: Emily Jaworski, mezzo-soprano, with Professor Dan Perkins, piano, 1 p.m., Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center. Free. The Deepest Desire is a program of forgotten songs by Debussy, Barber, Wolf and Heggie.

March 10 — Gallery opening: Average Path Length 2013, 4 p.m. Lamson Learning Commons. Opening reception and artist talk. Curated by Jen Green. Selected works featuring 22 nationally noted printmakers, including work by Kimberly Anderson Ritchie of the PSU art faculty. Learning Commons hours are online at

March 11 — All New England Jazz Festival, Silver Center, public performance 6 p.m. High school students from across New England are nominated by their orchestra directors and invited to participate in the daylong festival. Two select jazz ensembles will perform under the direction of PSU Professor Mark Stickney and guest conductor John W. Jones, professor of music at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. The PSU Jazz Ensemble opens the evening concert. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and $7 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.

March 25 — Museum of the White Mountains, Beyond Granite: The Geology of Adventure. In its newest exhibition, PSU’s Museum of the White Mountains explores connections between geological history and recreation in the White Mountains. For information log on to 

The museum, located at 34 Highland St., is open for regular hours Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public for self-guided tours.

March 25 — Gallery opening: Plymouth State University Juried Student Exhibition, Karl Drerup Art Gallery, opening reception 4–6 p.m. Celebrating the creative efforts of students taking classes in the PSU Department of Art.

March  27 — Sidore Lecture Series: Chuck Collins, Inequality Matters: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It,” Silver Center. The gap between rich and poor is the widest it has been in a century, and our national conversation about how to address this challenge is polarized. Collins will discuss the impact of inequality and the path toward an economy that works for everyone. Free tickets at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.

March 28 — Silver Series: Steep Canyon Rangers and Boston-based Group Della Mae, 8 p.m., Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center. A double bill of great traditional and progressive bluegrass by two of the most awarded and respected groups in the business. Della Mae showcases their world-class instrumental abilities and lilting harmonies. Tickets are $35-30 for adults, $33-28 for seniors and $20-15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at


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