Percussionist Peggy Benkeser will present Kitchen Chaos:
One Womans Evolution from Pots and Pans to Percussion,
a new, musical theater performance featuring five world-premiere
musical compositions, Feb. 16 at 8:15 p.m. in the Performing Arts
Benkeser, an Emory music lecturer, performs the program of stories
and music inspired by her life in and out of the kitchen. In Kitchen
Chaos, the kitchen is symbolic of the intersection of common
female roles in contemporary life. The autobiographical work reveals
the connection between Benkesers artistic process and her
everyday roles as a mother, sister, daughter, granddaughter, teacher,
drummer and artist.
Benkeser involved a network of national and local artists to develop
the multimedia work. The compositions being premiered were written
for her by leading American composers, including Steven Mackey,
Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Singleton, Janice Giteck, Steve Everett
and Frank Hannaway. The program will tour Princeton University,
Wheaton Conservatory of Music in Illinois and Cornish School for
the Arts in Seattle.
A DeKalb County resident and mother of three, Benkeser is co-founder
and artistic co-director of Thamyris, a new music group that has
commissioned and premiered more than 80 compositions for mixed chamber
ensemble since 1987. Thamyris has performed throughout the United
States and Germany, been broadcast on National Public Radio and
German Pubic Radio, and has recorded with ACA Digital Recordings.
Benkeser also conducts residencies, workshops and master classes
in schools and universities nationwide. Tickets are $10 general
admission, $5 for Emory students. To order tickets or for information,
call 404-727-5050 or send e-mail to email@example.com.