Charlie Brown Christmas by David Benoit
Date: November 8, 2010
Take a trip down memory lane and kick off the holiday season with “A Charlie Brown Christmas by David Benoit” on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at the Howard Performing Arts Center located on the campus of Andrews University as part of Howard Center Presents... for the 2010–2011 season. Contemporary jazz pianist David Benoit, with his quartet and a local children’s choir, will perform a show of holiday songs made famous by the Charlie Brown Christmas TV specials including Benoit’s version of A Peanuts Theme. A children’s choir, composed of students from Berrien Springs, St. Joseph and Stevensville elementary school choirs, will also be performing with Benoit in this concert.
Since launching his recording career in 1977, Benoit’s success as a contemporary jazz pianist includes over 25 solo recordings, some of which are considered “influential genre classics.” Over the last quarter century, he has arranged, conducted and performed music for many famous pop and jazz artists, including Kenny Loggins, Patti Austin, Faith Hill, The Walt Disney Organization and Brian McKnight.
A five-time Grammy-nominee for his extraordinary contributions to contemporary jazz, Benoit has also experimented with classical music. He has served as conductor of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra and led such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the symphonies of London, Nuremberg, San Francisco, Atlanta, San Antonio and San Jose as well as recorded with several prominent orchestras from around the world.
Currently, he is on the road performing his latest inspiration from the April 2010 release, Earthglow. On Oct. 29, 2010, he will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at The American Smooth Jazz Awards in Michigan City, Ind.
Tickets for “A Charlie Brown Christmas with David Benoit” are $30 for reserved seating, $25 for faculty/staff and $10 for Andrews University students. Special rates apply for groups and Flex Series tickets. Purchase your tickets at the Howard Performing Arts Center Box Office or by calling 888-467-6442 or 269-471-3560. For more information, please visit www.howard.andrews.edu.