The Live at Five concert series has one final engagement for 2012—and it’s a real doozy. On Tuesday, November 27th, classical guitar guru Eva Beneke, one of the newest members of McNally Smith’s world-class faculty, will take the stage at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. Snacks and performances from students Trevor Wiest, Nathanial Koenig, Spencer Christianson, Tucker Peterson, and more commence in the atrium at 5 p.m.
Beneke is an internationally acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and published composer who has also performed with artists ranging from the German Symphony Orchestra to pop/country star Carrie Underwood. She is extremely well-decorated, claiming nearly a dozen prestigious prizes, scholarships and awards over her storied career. Beneke’s latest release, In Dulci Jubilo, finds the master on a vintage 1952 Hermann Hauser guitar performing celebrated Christmas music spanning 700 years.
Don’t miss out on this extremely rare opportunity! Beneke’s performance itinerary reveals past and future dates all over Europe, California and New York, but the impending Live at Five concert is her only midwest engagement for the foreseeable future.
About the Live at Five Series:
All Live at Five events are free and open to the public. Each concert begins with a 5 p.m. reception in the McNally Smith Atrium, featuring free appetizers and performances by student ensembles. Wine and beer are available for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting Gillette Children’s Hospital and Instruments In The Cloud—an online effort to get musical instruments into the hands of music students in public schools. At 6 p.m., the featured faculty member will take the stage in the McNally Smith Auditorium.
About Eva Beneke:
Eva Beneke is an exciting and versatile musician. She is an internationally acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and published composer known for “refinement of tone, and a palpable energy” (Scott Tennant, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet). In addition to prizes at international guitar festivals in The Netherlands, Italy and the U.S., Eva Beneke is an unstoppable performer. Highlights of her career include appearances with the German Symphony Orchestra under Kent Nagano, invitations to international festivals in Perú, Germany, Lithuania, the U.S. and Canada and a live performance with Carrie Underwood at the 2010 American Country Music Awards.
Eva Beneke’s solo debut CD, Coming Home, was released to wide critical acclaim in 2010. Her performances have been broadcasted internationally. Beneke’s arrangements for guitar ensemble are gaining international recognition. Born in East-Berlin, Eva Beneke began her studies at the Berlin University of Arts with Martin Rennert. Her success there led her to the Franz Liszt Hochschule in Weimar to study with Thomas Müller-Pering, one of Germany’s most influential guitarists. In 2012, Eva received a doctorate with honors from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where she studied with Grammy-winning guitarist Scott Tennant, Pepe Romero and jazz-guitar legend Bruce Forman.Newer: McNally Smith Artist-In-Residence Jeremy Messersmith
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