Friday March 17, 2006

Music for the Maestro

There will be a Mozart requiem, of course. The University of Dayton will hold a free concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, to honor the retiring Richard Benedum.

There will be a Mozart requiem, of course, a Bach fantasia and other inspired selections befitting the occasion: a dedication concert in honor of Richard Benedum, who is retiring this spring after more than 30 years at the University of Dayton.

The free concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, in the Kennedy Union Boll Theatre will feature performances by the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, conducted by Patrick Reynolds, and the University Chorale, conducted by Robert Jones.

Benedum, the former Alumni Chair in the Humanities, served as music department chair from 1980 to 1988 and again from 1996 to 2001. He received the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Teaching in 1994; the Ohioana Library Association Music Citation in 1995; the inaugural Opus Award from Culture Works as the outstanding arts educator in greater Dayton in 1996; the University of Dayton Alumni Award for Teaching in 1998; and the Ovation Award from the Vocal Arts Resource Network of Ohio in 2001.

This summer, the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, Benedum will direct "Mozart's Worlds," a National Endowment for the Humanities interdisciplinary institute for teachers, to be held in Vienna, Austria.

He has previously directed 10 NEH Mozart Seminars and Institutes, all in Vienna. He has also co-directed 10 mini-institutes on operas not only by Mozart and Beethoven but also by other composers for teachers in Ohio and Florida, with funding from the NEH and the Ohio Humanities Council.

Benedum also has been active as a performer, both as an organist and for 28 years as conductor of a professional-level chorus, the Dayton Bach Society, which he founded. He has written the program notes for the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra since 1976, sharing more than just names and dates and opus numbers with students and the general public. He wrote and produced a six-part series of programs for National Public Radio on "Mozart: His Music and His Letters," which was broadcast by an estimated 150 stations nationally.

The concert in his honor will include:

Serenade in c minor, K. 388 -- W. A. Mozart
Requiem Mass in d minor, K. 626 -- W. A. Mozart
O Beatum et Sacrosanctum Diem -- Peter Philips
With a Lily in your Hand -- Eric Whitacre
Here I Am, Lord -- Daniel Schutte
I'm Gonna Sing 'til the Spirit Moves -- Moses Hogan
Fantasia in G major, BWV 572 -- J.S. Bach
After a Gentle Rain -- Anthony Iannaccone
Concerto for Alto Saxophone -- Ingolf Dahl
Suite From "Pineapple Poll" -- Sir Arthur Sullivan

Contact Richard Benedum at (937) 229-3986.