All-Sor album release with NAXOS on August 11, 2017

All-Sor album release with NAXOS on August 11, 2017

Last year, Nerea Berraondo and I got to record an album with NAXOS. On two days in April, we got to work in Newcastle/Toronto with the famed Norbert Kraft, who helped us breath life into some of Fernando Sor´s lesser known and previously un-recorded works. Among them Sor´s own arrangements of Mozart arias and exhuberant French Songs, as well as some very demanding unknown works for both our instruments: voice and guitar. Needless to say, we are very excited to have this album finally out and ready for you to enjoy: as a live stream on the NAXOS site, on itunes for download, or get a copy of the CD at one of our upcoming concerts, as well as for sale online. Time to celebrate!

Fernando Sor was one of the greatest guitarists of his era and his works are still extremely popular today. His songs, however, are much less well-known. They demonstrate the superb flair of Sor’s vocal writing, in three languages, as well as the variety of his virtuosic guitar accompaniments. The three groups of songs presented here (in addition to Sor’s setting of two patriotic texts) offer distinct styles of composition, ranging from arrangements of arias from Mozart’s Don Giovanni to the dance elements of Spanish seguidillas.
The official release with NAXOS is on August 11, 2017. However, you can PRE-ORDER the album on itunes, or get a copy of the CD at the webstore.

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U.S. Premiere of "Unremembered" by Brooklyn composer March 11, 2017

Unremembered is an hour-long, thirteen-part song cycle for seven voices, chamber orchestra, and electronics by composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, inspired by poems and illustrations by writer and visual artist Nathaniel Bellows. Presented as part of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra´s Liquid Music Concert Series, curated by Kate Nordstrum.
U.S. Premiere Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8pm Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis
Unremembered Ensemble: Kayla Moffett (violin), Joshua Koestenbaum (cello), Kathy Greenbank (oboe), Barbara Bishop (english horn), Eva Beneke (guitar), Min Kim (harp), Mary Jo Gothmann (piano), Adam Rappel (percussion)

Ensemble Aldatu at the International Spanish Music Festival

Aldatu brings together musicians from Syria, Ireland, Germany, Spain and elsewhere to perform Sephardic (traditional Spanish Jewish) music, with oud, percussions, viola da gamba, flute, guitar, and voice.

Concert: Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 pm
Reception at 6:30pm

Performers:
Omar Al Musfi - Percussion
| Eva Beneke - Guitar | Nerea Berraondo - Voice | Zachary Cohen - Viola da gamba | Issam Rafea - Oud | Catherine Ramírez - Flute

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About Sephardic Music

Sephardic music has its roots in the musical traditions of the Jewish communities in medieval Spain and medieval Portugal. After their expulsion from Spain in 1492 and from Portugal in 1496 the lyrics of these songs were preserved by communities formed by the Jews expelled from the Iberian Peninsula. These Sephardic communities share many of the same lyrics and poems, but the melodies vary considerably.

Because so many centuries have passed since the expulsion, a lot of the original melodies have been lost. Instead, Sephardic music has adopted the melodies and rhythms of the various countries where the Sephardim settled in. These song traditions spread from Spain to Morocco (the Western Tradition) and several parts of the Ottoman Empire (the Eastern Tradition) including Greece, Jerusalem, the Balkans and Egypt. The song traditions were studied and transcribed in the early twentieth century by a number of ethnomusicologists and scholars of medieval Hispanic literature. 

IN ADVANCE:

$20 General Admission

$17 Casa de España Members

AT THE DOOR:

$25 for everyone

Free for children under 12.

Beth El Synagogue

5225 Barry St W, St Louis Park, MN 55416

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Winter Tour

Winter Tour

This January, Matthias Schlubeck and Eva Beneke will be on a short tour in Germany. Tickets are available online. The ambitious program presents music by de Falla, Bach and a premier transcription of Schubert´s Arpeggione Sonata for panflute and guitar. Dates below - see you there!
Eva Beneke und Matthias Schlubeck spielen vier Konzerte auf ihrer Januartour mit einem anspruchsvollen neuen Konzertprogramm! Unter anderem mit dabei: eine erstmalige Transkription der Arpeggione-Sonate von Franz Schubert für Panflöte und Gitarre.Tickets sind online erhältlich.

Konzert zum Jahresbeginn mit Panflöte und Gitarre
06. Januar 2017, 19.00 Uhr - 53125 Bonn-Röttgen, Ev. Thomaskirche
07. Januar 2017, 18.30 Uhr - 47447 Moers, Dorfkirche Moers-Kapellen
08. Januar 2017, 17.00 Uhr - 34414 Warburg, Kapelle „Zionsberg“
09. Januar 2017, 19.00 Uhr - 59505 Bad Sassendorf, Ev. Kirche

Photo: Bettina Oswald

Photo: Bettina Oswald

Glücklich war auch die Konzertgemeinde, die die Protagonisten des Abends nur so mit Beifall überschüttete.
— Augsburger Allgemeine vom 26.05.2014
So bleibt am Ende die Gewissheit, sehr lohnenswert Zeuge einer musikalischen Rarität geworden zu sein, der man grössere Bekanntheit wünscht, aber auch zwei hervorragenden Musikern begegnet zu sein.
— Lingener Tagespost, 1.7.2014
Die in Amerika lebende Künstlerin beherrscht mit großem Können die historische Spielpraxis der Laute und bezauberte als Solistin...
— Ratinger Presse, 14. 12. 2015