Double bassist Steve Benne in recital on Oct. 6

Posted by Karen Lykins - Tuesday, September 29 2009
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thumb_benne_smTennessee Tech University faculty member Steve Benne will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in TTU’s Wattenbarger Auditorium. He will be joined by TTU piano professor Catherine Godes.

The program will feature three major chamber works by Bach, Boccherini and Schumann. Benne is currently principal double bassist with the Knoxville Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Before coming to Knoxville, he performed across the United States and Europe as the principal double bassist for the New American Chamber Orchestra, based first in Detroit and then in Granada, Spain.

With NACO, Benne performed at many major European music festivals, including the Grec Festival (Barcelona), the Korsholm Music Festival (Finland), the Priory of Chirens Chamber Festival (France), and the Uppsala Festival (Sweden), as well as performing at the Philharmonic Hall in Berlin and Salle Pleyel in Paris.

In the U.S., Benne has performed with the Florida International Festival, the L.A. Philharmonic Institute, the Aspen Music Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the Spoleto Festival. As a recitalist, he has played in Granada, Spain, Asheville, N.C., and Knoxville. He holds a master’s degree in performance from Indiana University.

Benne has studied with such noted teachers as Lawrence Hurst, Stuart Sankey, Murray Grodner, Eldon Obrecht, and Audrey Bush. He plays a Cremonese bass made in 1683 by Aegidius Barzellini and is the founder of the Knoxville Chamber Music Festival and Bass Workshop.

Godes is a prominent soloist, teacher, clinician and lecturer throughout the region. On Oct. 10, she will host the second annual TTU Young Artist Piano Competition.

The concert is free and the public is invited.



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