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Robert Bennesh founds Festival of Sacred Arts in Sweden

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Robert Bennesh

Robert Bennesh ’14MM ’15AD, director of music at the Church of Sweden in Skanör-Falsterbo, has founded the Festival of Sacred Arts, which will launch its first season on August 11. Located in Bennesh’s home parishes in Skanör-Falsterbo, the festival seeks to provide a space in which music of various genres, art, drama, poetry, and nature intersect. The four-day event features 13 concerts, eight lectures, and other performances and exhibitions.

The festival’s name is inspired by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, where Bennesh did course work while he was a student at the Yale School of Music.

“The artistic idea of the festival is to inspire the visitor to seek for the sacred in different art forms, in conjunction to each other, and in relation to nature,” he said. “What one finds sacred is highly personal and we hope this will be the starting point for interesting discussions.”

Since his appointment to the Church of Sweden in the fall of 2015, Bennesh has been developing a unique music program at the two medieval churches of Skanör-Falsterbo. Through grants, he has raised approximately $80,000 to develop the festival, forming partnerships with the local and provincial governments as well as other parishes, the diocese, various businesses, and individuals. MORE

Published July 12, 2016
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YSM students perform at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in February 2014

kennedy1Yale School of Music students will soon take part in two performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Both events — on February 19 and 23 — will be streamed live via the Kennedy Center’s website.

In honor of the Kennedy Center’s recently debuted 5,000-pipe organ, Yale School of Music faculty and students will perform an organ showcase in Washington, D.C. The concert, featuring Yale School of Music student Robert Bennesh, will take place on Wednesday, February 19 at 6 pm.

In addition, YSM students will be performing as part of the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage Conservatory Project, a semi-annual event presenting the nation’s finest young musical artists. This year’s concert, which takes place on Sunday, February 23 at 6 pm, will feature three pianists:  Yevgeny Yontov ’14 MM, Lo-An Lin ’14 AD, and Wenbin Jin ’14 AD.  MORE

Published February 17, 2014
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