Melody Steed to Give Clarion Duo Concert, selected to perform at international convention

Melody SteedLINDSBORG, KAN., April 30, 2012—The Clarion Duo will give a free public concert on May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Bethany College Presser Hall.

The Clarion Duo is made up of organist Melody Steed, and trumpet player Keith Benjamin. The concert will be a preview of their performance to be given during the International Trumpet Guild Convention on May 22 to 25 in Columbus, Ga. With more than 5,000 members on its roster, the guild promotes communication among trumpet players from across the world to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching and literature associated with the trumpet.

Steed and Benjamin formed the Clarion Duo in 1983 and have recorded two compact discs for the Gothic Record label. Their collaboration has allowed them to concertize extensively throughout the United States, focusing their musical endeavors in the promotion of twentieth century literature for trumpet and organ. They have premiered works by Samuel Adler, Don Freund, Steven David Beck, Peter Hamlin, James Mobberley, and Eugene O’Brien. The name Clarion suggests the musical connections to both the trumpet and organ, and from its meaning for the duo as a “Clarion Call” for new ideas, in keeping with their interest in the unique flavor of new music for trumpet and organ.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu/.

Caption: Trumpet player Keith Benjamin and Bethany College Associate Professor of Music and organist Melody Steed and form the Clarion Duo. They will perform a free concert on May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Bethany College Presser Hall.

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