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Int’l jazz pianist and composer David Benoit performs Friday at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater

May 1, 2012 (Los Angeles, CA) – International Jazz Pianist and Composer David Benoit will perform with the Members of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra with whom he is also the Music Director.  Benoit will perform the first time in Los Angeles in ten years on Friday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m. at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., East, Hollywood.  Benoit will play hits from his albums, Freedom at Midnight, Earthglow, Every Step of the Way and he newly released album, Conversation.  He will also play songs by some of his favorite composers including Copland and Bernstein.  Surprise special guests are due to appear to play with Benoit and the Orchestra.  Tickets are $75 for premier seating; $50 for preferred seating; and $30 for general seating.  All tickets can be purchased online at www.fordamphitheater.org or (323) 461-3673.  For additional information on the Asia America Symphony Association 2012 Season, visit www.AsiaAmericaSymphony.org or call (310) 377-8977.

David Benoit has been the Music Director of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra since 2001 and founded the Asia America Youth Orchestra (AAYO).  This group provides opportunities for young musicians of all races, cultures and up to age 18 to play in a professional level ensemble. By performing musically demanding and diverse repertoire, students are challenged to master a wide variety of musical styles, ranging from classical to jazz.  Under the leadership of Maestro Benoit, the Asia America Youth Orchestra continues to perform before capacity audiences. The concerts offers talented young soloists the opportunity to perform with the orchestra. AAYO is embarking on its eleventh season as part of the Asia America Symphony Association’s concert series.

Since launching his recording career in 1977, David Benoit’s expansive career

as a contemporary jazz pianist has included over 25 solo recordings. His ‘80s releases This Side Up, Freedom at Midnight and the GRAMMY nominated Every Step of the Way are considered influential genre classics.  Among his other Grammy nominations are those for Best Instrumental Composition (for “Dad’s Room,” from 1999’s Professional Dreamer) and Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance (for the GRP All-Star Big Band). His prolific output since 2000 includes several prominent Charlie Brown related projects (including Here’s To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years and the star-studded 40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas) that reflect his lifelong passion for the music of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi and solidify Benoit’s role as his musical heir. Benoit has also released the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charting albums Fuzzy Logic, Right Here, Right Now, Full Circle and Heroes, which paid homage to the pianist’s top jazz and pop influences.

Benoit’s ever expanding slate of orchestral music endeavors include his ongoing role as conductor of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra and leading such eminent orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the symphonies of London, Nuremberg, San Francisco, Atlanta, San Antonio and San Jose. Concurrent with his burgeoning career as a conductor, he recorded 1996’s American Landscape with The London Symphony Orchestra and 2005’s Orchestral Stories with members of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Orchestral Stories featured his first piano concerto “The Centaur and the Sphinx” and his acclaimed symphonic piece “Kobe,” both of which he has performed in live settings across the country. In 2009, Benoit performed and conducted Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story with the Asia America Symphony Orchestra in a show that included Broadway great Lea Salonga; he later conducted Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” with the same orchestra in his critically acclaimed debut at Los Angeles’ Disney Hall.

Benoit’s notable film scores include The Stars Fell on Henrietta, produced by Clint Eastwood and starring Robert Duvall; and The Christmas Tree, produced by Sally Field, voted Best Score of 1996 by Film Score Magazine. Benoit has also been a longtime guest educator with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, winning the organization’s “excellence in music education” award in 2001. Through 2010, Benoit will head on the road to perform his latest inspiration from the April 2010 release, Earthglow. And on October 29, 2010, the Pianist will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at The American Smooth Jazz Awards in Michigan City, Indiana.

The Asia America Symphony Association is dedicated to promoting music and cultural exchange, encouraging the development of young musicians, and offering a broad variety of activities designed to educate and enrich the diverse communities off Southern California.

Asia America Symphony Associations offices are located at 608 Silver Spur Road, Suite 320, Rolling Hills Estates, California 90274.

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