Benise brings his acclaimed PBS special to Kutztown University March 21

Join the audience on a romantic and exotic journey of music and dance that celebrates the fire, passion and spirit of Spain with Fuego!, which takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in Schaeffer Auditorium on the Kutztown University campus.

Armed with his Spanish guitar, Benise is backed by a stage-full of musicians and elaborately choreographed dancers hand-picked from an international pool of talent. Flamenco dancers take center stage in a tribute to Old World Spain while breathtaking couture fashions and innovative staging and choreography give Spanish dance a fresh and luminous makeover.

With a beautiful and charming Spanish courtyard as the backdrop, Benise debuts all new music, dance and costumes, adding his signature twist on classics such as “Granada,” “Malaguena,” “Moonlight Sonata,” “Asturias” and “Adagio.” It’s a musical adventure that includes the “Dress of a Thousand Roses,” one of the world’s largest Flamenco fans, and many more surprises. Fuego! captures world music at its best with a show that appeals to the hearts and souls of people of all ages, cultures and musical backgrounds.

Regular admission is $40, $36 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at www.KutztownPresents.org or by calling the KU Presents! Box Office Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 610-683-4092.

Established as the center of cultural life at Kutztown University, KU Presents! serves the campus and community by bringing world-class live arts that can entertain, educate and enrich.

CORRECTION: Kutztown University wind ensemble to present “All the President’s Men”

Dr. Mike Golemo, director of bands and professor of music, Iowa State University.

(Correction to date of performance): The Kutztown University Wind Ensemble will present their annual fall concert Sunday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. This year’s concert, All the President’s Men, will feature music written for U.S. presidents, about presidents, or by composers who share the same last name as U.S. presidents.

Kutztown University will welcome Dr. Mike Golemo, director of bands and professor of music at Iowa State University (ISU), as guest director. Golemo conducts the ISU Wind Ensemble, the top concert band at Iowa State.

A native of Chicago, he received his bachelor and master’s degrees from Northwestern University where he studied conducting with John P. Paynter and saxophone with Frederick Hemke. He completed his doctorate in wind conducting at Michigan State University under Kenneth Bloomquist and John Whitwell. Golemo previously served as assistant director of bands at The University of Akron (Ohio), and prior to that as Director of Bands at Albion College (Mich.).

Sunday’s concert program includes “Hail to the Chief,” “Presidential Polonaise” by John Philip Sousa, “Fiesta Del Pacifico” by Roger Nixon, “God of Our Fathers” by both Claude Smith and Thomas Knox and Men of Ohio March by Henry Fillmore.

The Kutztown University Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Professor Dan Neuenschwander.