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

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


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. 


$20 General Admission

$17 Casa de España Members


$25 for everyone

Free for children under 12.

Beth El Synagogue

5225 Barry St W, St Louis Park, MN 55416


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

"Taste of the Holidays" with Minnesota Musicians and recipes from the "Splendid Table"

"Taste of the Holidays" with Minnesota Musicians and recipes from the "Splendid Table"

Classical MPR traditionally puts out its 7th volume of a holiday music compilation, featuring Eva Beneke as solo guitarist.

The host of Regional Spotlight on Classical MPR,  Steve Staruch has long been committed to the rich and vibrant choral and instrumental traditions in Minnesota.

To highlight the wonderful music in our midst, Staruch selected accomplished regional artists with strong Holiday repertoire to showcase in Classical Minnesota Public Radio's 'Taste of the Holidays' series.

Last year, the program featured local musicians in a holiday special broadcast on Classical MPR. As a result of the show´s success MPR is doubling the pleasure by adding selections from the broadcast special with delicious recipes from Lynne Rossetto Kasper of American Public Media's The Splendid Table and mixing it all together in a CD.

And it's only available from MPR!
Tune in to listen to the CD presentation on Dec. 1, 6 p.m. — Taste of the Holidays (live)
with host Steve Staruch and recipes by Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Classical MPR

Eva Beneke @ Las Vegas Arts Academy

World Premiere of New Guitar Ensemble Music
Swiss composer Jürg Kindle, writes compositions for the Las Vegas Academy Guitar Program,
Dr. Eva Beneke to perform.

Las Vegas, NV: The Las Vegas Academy Guitar Ensemble will be premiering four new works written by internationally acclaimed composer Jürg Kindle who dedicated these pieces to Bill Swick-Director of the LVA Guitar Program.  The premiere is scheduled for Friday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lowden Theater on the Las Vegas Academy campus.  Admission is only $7.00.

The four premiere selections are entitled Blue Train, Red Train, Green Train and Yellow Train.  Each piece offers various shades of train sounds combined with contemporary harmonies and unique techniques for guitar.  The academic guitar world is excited about the addition of these new works by world renowned Jürg Kindle.  These works will be released for purchase the Monday following the premiere.  For now, only the Las Vegas Academy has a copy of this music.

In addition to the premiere, the LVA Guitar Ensembles will be joined by internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Dr. Eva Beneke, currently the professor of guitar at McNally Smith College of Music.  Dr. Beneke will perform a concerto with the Varsity 3 guitar ensemble.

The Las Vegas Academy Guitar Program under the direction of Bill Swick has been featured in DownBeat Magazine, Just Jazz Guitar Magazine, School Band and Orchestra Magazine, The National Association for Music Educators Teaching Music Magazine, and the Guitar Foundation of America Soundboard.  This program was the first in the country to be recognized by the GRAMMY Foundation with the prestigious Gibson Award. This program is also a four-time recipient of the DownBeat Magazine Award.  The LVA Guitar Program has recorded sixteen CD’s and has over one thousand YouTube videos.

Eva Beneke with LVAA students in 2015

Eva Beneke with LVAA students in 2015