Faculty Artist Series: Luther's Benjamin Yates to perform trombone recital Feb. 1

Benjamin Yates, Luther College adjunct faculty in music, will perform a solo trombone recital at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The program will include Eric Ewazen's "A Philharmonic Fanfare," Kit Powell's Suite for Solo Tenor Trombone, Nino Rota's Concerto Per Trombone e Orchestra and Mozart's "Agnus Dei Waisenhausmesse."

Yates will be accompanied in his performance by Brad Schultz, Luther adjunct faculty in music, piano and organ, Rebecca Boehm Shaffer, Luther adjunct faculty in music and horn, Katie Seidel, bassoon, and Karen Kanakis, Luther associate professor of music, soprano.

While living in Illinois, Yates performed with a number of ensembles including the Urbana Pops, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and Baroque Artists of Champaign. He taught private low brass lessons to 21 students, many of whom received awards for their performances.

Yates is currently Luther adjunct low brass faculty and teaches private trombone, euphonium and tuba lessons.  He also coaches a variety of chamber ensembles on campus.

Yates holds a bachelor's degree in music education and trombone performance from Luther and a master's degree in trombone performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.