Experienced as a piano accompanist and conductor, Al Benner is best known as a composer with over sixty published works. His music has been performed throughout the United States and Canada, including New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He has also been played at The Vatican (Italy), several cities throughout Norway, Greece, and in the Czech Republic. He has received numerous commissions from organizations, institutions, and individuals, such as the Louisiana Association of Symphony Orchestras, St. Norbert College, and the Louisiana Sinfonietta, to name a few. His awards include ASCAP Standard Awards, the Composers Commissioning Award from the Louisiana Music Teachers Association, and the Audience Choice Award from the Louisiana Sinfonietta’s String Quartet Festival of New Works, among others. He is the editor of Composer/USA, the bulletin of the National Association of Composers, USA, and a member of their National Advisory Board, the editor of the “Music of America” reprint series by Conners Publications, the founder of the Wisconsin and the Louisiana Composers Consortiums, the Commissioning Chair for LMTA, and on the Advisory Board of the Louisiana Sinfonietta.
Dr. Benner has taught composition and theory at Louisiana State University and St. Norbert College (De Pere, WI). He holds undergraduate degrees in philosophy and music and a Master’s degree in composition from Tulane University. His Doctorate of Musical Arts in composition was awarded from LSU. Currently he is on the music faculty of the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches, LA.
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Binding: Audio CD EAN: 0034061135722 Item Dimensions:21 Label: Albany Records Languages:EnglishUnknown Manufacturer: Albany Records Number Of Discs: 1 Publisher: Albany Records Release Date: June 01, 2012 Studio: Albany Records
Product Description: The brilliant composer/organist Carson Cooman has selected compositions for this recording that are unified by their debt to early music (most especially its modality) as well as an economy of means in their construction. All are built from simple musical materials, elaborated and developed by their composers to create compositions that inhabit musical spaces of an often spiritual character. Five American composers (Patricia Van Ness, Jim Dalton, Tim Rozema, Al Brenner and Harold Stover) are featured along with Swedish composer Thomas Aberg and Slovakian native Peter Machajdík. Cooman specializes in the performance of contemporary music and more than 130 new compositions have been written for him by composers from around the world. He performs on the Organ of Our Lady in Adergas in Velesovo, Slovenia, an organ built in the Thuringian Baroque style.