Luke Benton, Visiting Instructor of Music at Lenoir-Rhyne University, recently co-composed a concerto for Celtic/lever harp and orchestra entitled "In Pursuit." Benton collaborated with Scottish harpist and soloist Maeve Gilchrist. Their work follows the incredible tale of Gilchrist's great-great-grandmother who travelled with her family from their prosperous Dublin home across the Atlantic, eventually reaching the alien landscape of Wyoming, where they settled into the challenging life of homesteading. It is a journey full of heartache, loss, and great love. "In Pursuit" will be premiered during the Western Piedmont Symphony's upcoming Masterworks IV concert on Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the LR campus.
A composer, educator, and violinist, Benton currently holds the position of Associate Principal Second Violin with the Western Piedmont Symphony (WPS). In addition to Lenoir-Rhyne, he also serves on the music faculty of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. His widely acclaimed compositions have been commissioned and performed by the Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Kontras Quartet, the WPS, the LR Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, the Hickory High School Orchestra, and the Charlotte Children's Choir and Youth Chorale, to name just a few.
Benton has studied music composition at a number of institutions, including Butler University (Indianapolis, IN), the University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK), the Hartt School (University of Hartford, CT), and Yale University (New Haven, CT).