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New and Early Music Artist Dieter Hennings to Perform at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: June 16, 2009

Dieter Hennings
Dieter Hennings

EAU CLAIRE — Dieter Hennings, one of the few concert artists devoted to new music for classical guitar and early music for lute, baroque guitar and theorbo, will give two free concerts Tuesday, June 23, and Wednesday, June 24, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hennings will perform "The Music of Ponce and His Legacy" on classical guitar in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The recital will include "Sonatina Meridional" and "Tema Variado y Final" by Manual Ponce (1882-1948), as well as works by contemporary Mexican composers Hebert Vazquez and Juan Trigos.

At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hennings will perform a concert of early French Baroque music on the theorbo, along with UW-Eau Claire faculty members Tim Lane on baroque flute and Tulio Rondón on viola da gamba. The concert also will be held in Phillips Recital Hall.

A native of Mexico, Hennings has been a soloist with Canada's New Music Concerts Ensemble, Eastman Broadband Ensemble, Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, the University of Arizona Philharmonia and the Orquesta Juvenil de Sonora, Mexico. He has won several prestigious competitions, including the 2008 Aaron Brock International Guitar Competition, the 2005 Eastman Guitar Concerto Competition, the 2002 Villa de Petrer, Alicante International Competition in Spain, and the 2001 Portland Guitar Competition, among others.

Hennings is an active proponent of new music, particularly that of Latin America, and has worked with many well-known composers, including Trigos, Vazquez, Mario Davidovsky and others.

Recent engagements include concerts at the Mexican Embassy in Rome; Festival Spazio Musica of Cagliari (Sardinia); Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia, Mexico; University of Chicago; Festival Internacional de Chihuahua; New York's Joyce Theater; Julliard's Paul Hall; and the New England Conservatory. Hennings is a residing artist of the East Coast Composers Ensemble and the Eastman Broad Band Ensemble, with which he maintains an active performing schedule.

In 2005 and 2007 Hennings was part of the modern premieres of the baroque operas "Apollo and Daphne" and "La virtù de'strali d'Amore" by Francesco Cavalli, both directed by Paul O'Dette. Hennings' recent engagements involved a baroque lute/guitar concert in Milan's Spazio Tadini and for the Arizona Early Music Society and the Rochester Early Music Society, among others.

Current recording projects include a recording of works by Silvius Leopold Weiss for baroque lute and the guitar works of Trigos and Vazquez, with whom he has been collaborating. Recently he collaborated in a recording project of singer Natalie Merchant that involved musicians like Wynton Marsalis and Medeski, Martin and Wood. Hennings has received grants from the Howard Hanson Institute for American Music and the Fondo Estatal para la Cultura y las Artes to commission and premier contemporary works for guitar.

Hennings graduated from the University of Arizona School of Music in guitar performance in 2004. The following year he was awarded a master's degree in early plucked instruments with world-renowned lutenist O'Dette, and he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in both guitar performance and early plucked instruments at Eastman School of Music.

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