Guest artist Keith Benjamin to present trumpet recital at Coe

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2016-03-09 10:19:58 - General

Keith Benjamin
Keith Benjamin

Guest artist Keith Benjamin, professor of trumpet at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, will present a trumpet recital at Coe College. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 23, beginning at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

The recital will be followed by a short demonstration by the Coe College Concert Band as well as a master class.

Benjamin has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and held principal chairs in the Colorado MahlerFest, Orchestra Iowa and the Kansas City Symphony. In addition to orchestral playing, Benjamin is an active recitalist and chamber musician. He is also first trumpet in the Missouri Brass Quintet. Benjamin has made recital and concert appearances in Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas. He has recently performed with Ben Folds, Peter Gabriel and Idina Menzel, and presented master classes and clinics at dozens of universities and colleges in the United States and overseas.

With a variety of musical interests, Benjamin has partnered with Los Angeles organist Melody Steed in Clarion, a trumpet and organ duo that emphasizes 20th century music. The duo has released two compact disc recordings on Gothic Records; the second recording, "Clarion: New Vintage," was comprised of five commissioned American works. The duo completed a highly successful performance tour of Hungary in summer 2006. Plans for a third CD recording of all commissions are in place, with new works by Adler and Mobberley as well as commissions from Steven Bryant, Tony Plog and Adam Schoenberg.

Benjamin earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and a Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.

The recital is sponsored by Friends of Music at Coe (FOMAC). For more information, call 399-8581.