Evan Bennett's broad musical career has included conducting, composing, performing, and teaching. His works have been premiered by the Brodsky String Quartet, Gemini, Cardinal Brass Quintet, Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra, and broadcast on BBC Radio. Awards include the Yehudi Menuhin Prize for composition, and national awards as an oboist and composer. Mentors include Milton Babbitt and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
As a conductor, he has directed the Meridian Arts Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, Princeton University Orchestra, Middlebury Chamber Soloists, Middlebury College Orchestra, and other ensembles. He has lectured internationally on differences between arts education systems, and been a subject of several magazine articles concerning the importance of arts education in contemporary society, the training of classical musicians, and current trends in musical education, publications including The Strad. He is currently the Executive Director of New England Conservatory at Walnut Hill, Music Director of the Northeastern University Symphony Orchestra, and is on the faculty of Northeastern University and New England Conservatory.
The Middlebury College Rohatyn Center, and Departments of Biology, Geology, Music, and Sociology/Anthropology present
"Work/Song: the musical transformation of
labor, culture and place"
A talk by T.J. Watson Fellow
Bennett Konesni ’04.5
From shipboard chants to cattle yodels, people around the world have found musical ways to make difficult work more enjoyable, to shape and connect with their environment, and to express the joy and sorrow of everyday life. Bennett Konesni '04.5 will explore these topics in a 30-minute self-produced documentary film entitled "Work/Song: Musical Labor of Farmers, Herders and Fishermen in Tanzania, Mongolia and Ghana," after which he will discuss and demonstrate the ways people merge song and labor in unique settings. From the culture and geography of song to the ecology of rural soundscapes, this discussion will be an intimate look at the intersection between music, culture, ecology and geography.
Wednesday, April 21, 7:00 pm, Robert A. Jones Conference Room