Faculty Artist Series: Luther's Benjamin Yates to perform trombone recital Feb. 8

Benjamin Yates, Luther College adjunct faculty in music, will perform a trombone recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 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 recital will feature a varied program including works from the early 1800s to the present, representing composers from Germany, Croatia and Australia.       

Brad Schultz, Luther adjunct faculty in music, piano and organ, will collaborate on the performance. John Cord, assistant professor of music, will perform on trumpet for Yates's performance of Boris Blacher's "Divertimento for Trumpet, Trombone and Piano."

Yates teaches private trombone, euphonium and tuba lessons at Luther in addition to coaching a variety of chamber ensembles and performing with the Luther College Brass Quintet.

Yates also works as a freelance musician, teaching private lessons to area middle and high school students and performing with local orchestras, bands and chamber groups including Tromboneota, a trombone quartet based in Decorah.

He regularly performs with Minnesota's Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Austin Symphony Orchestra, and substitutes with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra.    

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. He is currently working towards a doctor of musical arts degree in trombone performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa.