North Central College - Naperville, IL

Peanuts pianist David Benoit performs "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Dec. 17

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Contact: Ted Slowik, director of PR and media relations, 630-637-5307, tjslowik@noctrl.edu

Oct. 18, 2010—Adults can relive favorite memories of Peanuts holiday specials and young audience members can share the spirit of the holiday season when acclaimed pianist David Benoit performs “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Dec. 17 at North Central College.
 
The performance featuring the Young Naperville Singers begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $50 and $45; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” features a collection of holiday favorites and Peanuts classics, such as the instantly recognizable “Linus and Lucy.” The smooth jazz performance was compiled by Benoit, a five-time Grammy Award-nominated musician, composer and arranger. Benoit has composed music for Peanuts television specials for more than 10 years, including the 2000 favorite “Here's to You, Charlie Brown.” Charles Schultz’s beloved characters were introduced to comic strip readers in 1950.

Since launching his recording career in 1977, Benoit’s expansive career as a contemporary jazz pianist has included more than 25 solo recordings. His prolific output since 2000 includes several prominent Charlie Brown-related projects (including “Here’s To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years” and the star-studded “40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas”) that reflect his lifelong passion for the music of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi and solidify Benoit’s role as his musical heir.

Benoit’s ever-expanding slate of orchestral music endeavors include his ongoing role as conductor of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra and leading such eminent orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the symphonies of London, Nuremberg, San Francisco, Atlanta, San Antonio and San Jose. Visit benoit.com to learn more about the artist.

USG Corporation is underwriting sponsor of the College’s Sesquicentennial 2010-2011 Fine & Performing Arts Season.

This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).

11-04-2010