John Bennett, Cello
The Conservatory is proud to present the 2019-20 Noonday Concert Series. Join us for free quality music presented by our talented faculty and students. These concerts have been an integral part of our mission to provide equal access to quality music since 1996.
Thursday, October 17th, John Bennett will be performing at Portland Public Library.
Program: Suite no. 1 in G major and Suite no. 3 in C Major for solo cello by Johann Sebastian Bach
Cellist John Bennett was born and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area of California until 2018 when he and his wife relocated to Portland, ME. He attended San Francisco State University and California State College, Easy Bay, and his cello teachers included Margaret Rowell, Irene Sharp, Lazlo Varga, and Burton Kaplan’s Practice Retreats in New York. His chamber music coaches were Roy Bogas and Bonnie Hampton.
For many years John taught students of all levels and ages in his private studio and led workshops and cello ensembles. For 20 years he was the adjunct cello instructor at Pacific Union College and the Paulin Center for the Creative Arts in Angwin, California, where he taught lessons, coached chamber music, and conducted a youth orchestra. For 12 years, John was the cello/bass coach and a member of the Artist in Residence String Quartet for the Berkeley Youth Orchestra.
In addition to teaching, he was a tenured member of the Vallejo and Napa Valley Symphonies, freelanced as much as possible, and performed in chamber music and duo recitals.
John’s greatest love has always been helping and guiding students of all ages and levels achieve their musical goals. “I don’t teach the cello; I teach the human being, one of my teachers said to me. This has always been my guiding principle.”
Performances are in Portland on Thursdays from 12:15 – 12:50 PM at either First Parish Church on 1st Thursdays at 425 Congress Street or the Portland Public Library on 3rd Thursdays at 5 Monument Square.
Bring a bag lunch to enjoy at the library concerts!