Guitarist Rodger Bennett and pianist David Perez-Guerra will present a concert titled “Classical Guitar and Piano from the Baroque to the 21st Century” on Tuesday, March 28, at 12:30 p.m. in the Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theatre at Temple College.
The concert, which is part of the Temple College Humanities Series sponsored by Baylor Scott & White, will include works by Diabelli, Vivaldi, Tedesco, Faure, Billy Joel and more. It is free and open to the public.
Bennett is the immediate past Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success at Brookhaven College in the Dallas County Community College District. From 1981-1992, he was a full-time tenured music professor at Temple College. In 1986, he became chair of the Temple College Music Department and head of the Guitar Division at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Perez-Guerra is the president and co-owner of Concentus Media Group, a company that specializes in web development, corporate film and general advertising. He is a past president of the Temple Civic Theatre, the Azalee Marshall Cultural Activities Center and the Temple Coalition for the Fine Arts. He currently serves as a board member for the Temple Symphony Orchestra, the Temple Civic Theatre and the Temple Parks Foundation.
Perez-Guerra met Bennett in the late 1980’s, which rekindled his interest in music and performance. He became an active pianist, performing a broad range of styles with everything from country bands in dance halls, jazz combos at festivals from Texas to Colorado, and solo/duo recitals at regional colleges and universities. Perez-Guerra also found time to serve as musical director for numerous productions at the Temple Civic Theatre. He is currently the music director at First Christian Church in Temple and a busy accompanist for students at Temple and Belton High Schools, Temple College and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Both Bennett and Perez-Guerra have strong ties to Central Texas, but are known across the state, nation and internationally. Bennett holds bachelor’s degrees in guitar performance and composition from Southern Methodist University, as well as a master of music degree in guitar performance. He continued his post-graduate music studies in performance and composition at The University of Texas at Austin. After graduating from SMU, Bennett was chosen as the Texas Commission for the Arts Artist-in-Residence for Central Texas. He has been an artist-in-residence for the Texarkana Regional Arts Council, the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the Idaho Commission on the Humanities. In addition, he has presented lectures and demonstrations for the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Association of Music Schools, the Texas Junior College Teachers’ Association, Amarillo Performing Arts, George Mason University, and a Rotary Club International Conference in Seoul, South Korea.
In addition to performing extensively throughout the United States, Bennett has performed in Mexico, Korea, Canada, England, Ireland, Austria and Romania as a guitar soloist and in ensembles.
While Perez-Guerra acknowledges that his path to music performance is a bit out of the ordinary, he is “glad to be at a point in his career where he can make more time for his love of accompanying and composing.” As a student of Dallas Weekley and Nancy Arganbright, an internationally known one-piano, four hand duo, Perez-Guerra participated in and won a number of competitions, notably the La Crosse (Wisconsin) Piano Concerto Competition and solo piano competitions in Rochester and Minneapolis, Minnesota. He also has won the Central Texas Piano Concerto Competition performing the Grieg Piano Concerto.
The Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theatre is located in the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center. For more information on this concert and other events sponsored by the Temple College Fine Arts Division, call 254-298-8555.