Andrew Bennett

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Andrew

Full Name: Andrew Jefferson Bennett
Appears As: Andrew
Date of Birth: December 21, 1985
Apparent Age: Late 20s
Sphere: Mortal
Occupation (Primary): Music Director & Conductor
Occupation (Secondary): Composer
Virtue: Fortitude
Vice: Pride


"Life without music is unthinkable.
Music without life is academic.
That is why my contact with music is a total embrace."
~ Leonard Bernstein

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Overview
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Andrew Jefferon Bennett is the newly appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Fallcoast Symphony. In addition, this fall he is beginning as a Professor at St. John's University teaching Orchestral Conducting, Music History, and is the Conductor of the University Orchestra.


Background
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Andrew “Drew” Jefferson Bennett was born in Covina, CA on December 21, 1985 to Americans Robert and Susan Bennett. His middle name was given to him due to his supposed lineage and relationship to Thomas Jefferson, but this has never been proven, nor disproved either. There are Jeffersons on his father’s side of the family, but there has been some genealogy gap from around the 1820s. Drew’s parents met in the 70s while attending college at UCLA. His father was a Biology major and mother was a German major. When she became pregnant in 1978 with Drew’s oldest sibling, Ashley, his mother dropped out of school. Andrew has 5 other siblings – Jennifer, born 1981, Benjamin, born 1984, Kelly, born 1987, Joseph, born 1990 and Grant, born 1992. Upon graduation, Robert took up a job as a zookeeper at the San Diego Zoo. He had worked there until after Jennifer was born, as he and Susan decided they needed more money in order to raise two children. So he took up a job as an operator at AT&T. In 1985, he was promoted to a first level manager and was transferred to the Chicago area. This is where Andrew’s musical journey would begin.

Growing up, Andrew had always been envious of the things his older brother, Benjamin would do – academically, musically, and socially. He was a leach to his older brother and wanted what he had. In 1990, Benjamin began piano lessons, and just like his brother, Andrew had to follow suit and take lessons as well. He was very competitive, and what Benjamin did, he felt he could do, and better, just like the song. Benjamin had more talent than Andrew, but Andrew worked harder and hard more drive. It was not long before Andrew began to pass his older brother in piano method books and started appearing in contests, winning 1st place. Classical music became Andrew’s life, and he would immerse himself in learning about the well-known composers like Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, but strived to learn of the lesser known as well. By 1995, Benjamin had taken up music composition, and it wasn’t long before Andrew had to do the same. At the age of 10, Andrew began percussion lessons in addition to piano. He was quickly advancing his studies, as the five years of piano foundation helped to strengthen his percussion skills. His favorite instrument in the percussion family was the timpani, and he would practice at home with the timpani part to orchestral pieces while playing along with a recording, pretending he was performing. Interest quickly began to focus more on percussion and composition and less on piano. While a member of a youth orchestra, he arranged a piano work for his ensemble. His brother was impressed with his orchestration on the work and ability to hear the instruments. He wrote his first symphony at the age of 13 and it performed by the local community orchestra and was given well praise. His private instructor felt that Andrew’s musical abilities was surpassing what he could learn at his public school system and sent him off to attend the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy.

Andrew was given a full scholarship as a double major in Percussion and Music Composition at Interlochen at the age of 14. He was surrounded by like-minded artists and musicians and was thriving in his musical element. He performed orchestral works by the greats and lesser known. The orchestra at Interlochen and chamber groups preformed his compositions. Guest conductors and solo musicians took note of his abilities, and his sophomore year he took up conducting lessons. By this point, his had discovered that orchestral conducting was his true calling. He wanted to quit percussion and composition, but there was no major as conducting. Working with the Dean of Students and Head of the Music Department, they created an Orchestral Conducting curriculum for him for his Junior and Senior year, but he had to continue taking percussion lessons and performing with the orchestra. In addition, he was required to compose a symphony, and conduct his own work for his senior project. During his final year, he auditioned on conducting at the New England Conservatory of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Royal Academy of Music in London. He got into all four, but chose to attend the Royal Academy of Music for the culture opportunity.

Andrew’s time at RAM-London was incredible. He conducted the orchestra at the Academy, and guest conducted the London Symphony on 2 occasions. Upon graduating, he attended The Juilliard School for his Masters in Orchestral Conducting, before attending the Peabody Conservatory for his D.M.A. in Orchestral Conducting. While getting his D.M.A, he was appointed as Associate Conductor with the Baltimore Symphony. He has composed over a dozen orchestral works that have been performed by orchestras all over the world, and he has guest conducted for the L.A. Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He was just appointed as Music Director and Conductor for the Fallcoast Symphony, and Professor of Orchestral Conducting, Music History and Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra at St. John’s University.

RP Hooks
  • University ~ If you are a student or professor, the University would be a great place to connect.
  • Cultural Arts ~ Into the music or arts scene? We could have some fun there.
  • Lavish Parties ~ Andrew will throw lavish parties for the wealthy elite and well-to-do at his home.


The Litany of Musical Achievements
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List of Compositions By Opus Number (Fame rating is among classical music genre)

  • Op. 1: Three Little Pieces for Piano (1995) (Fame-0)
  • Op. 2: March for Snare Drum (1996) (Fame-0)
  • Op. 3: Diversions by Norman Dello Joio arranged for Orchestra (1997) (Fame-1)
  • Op. 4: Symphony No. 1 (1998) (Fame-1)
  • Op. 5: Grandiose for Marimba and Piano (1999) (Fame-0)
  • Op. 6: Piano Sonata No. 1 (2000) (Fame-1)
  • Op. 7: Piano Trio (2000) (Fame-1)
  • Op. 8: Illusions for Percussion Quartet (2001) (Fame-0)
  • Op. 9: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra (2002) (Fame-1)
  • Op. 10: Symphony No. 2 (2003) (Fame-1)
  • Op. 11: Scientific Notations for Percussion Sextet (2003) (Fame-0)
  • Op. 12: The Elysium Cycles for Orchestra and Choir (2004) (Fame-3-high school senior project)
  • Op. 13: Symphony No. 3 (2005-2006) (Fame-2)
  • Op. 14: Piano Sonata No. 2 (2006) (Fame-2)
  • Op. 15: "Heliotrope" Ballet in Two Acts (2006-2007) NYC Ballet Premier 2008 (Fame-3-Particularly in ballet genre)
  • Op. 15a: Suite from Heliotrope" for Orchestra (2007) (Fame-1)
  • Op. 16: The Planets, by Gustav Holst, arranged for Percussion Ensemble (2009) (Fame-0)
  • Op. 17: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (2010) (Fame-1)
  • Op. 18: Symphony No 4 (2009-2011) (Fame-2)
  • Op. 19: Concerto for Orchestra (2012) (Fame-2)
  • Op. 20: "When the Dead Awaken" Opera in Three Acts - Based off of the play by Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen (2009-2012) New York Metropolitan Opera Commission (Fame-3-Particularly in opera genre, also garnered some mainstream publicity)
  • Op. 20a: Suite from "When the Dead Awaken" for Orchestra (2012) (Fame-2)
  • Op. 21: Symphony No. 5 (2014-2016) Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Commission (Fame-3-Biggest and most well-known symphony in classical music genre to date)
Recordings


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The Elysium Cycles for Orchestra and Choir
xxxxxSt. Louis Symphony
xxxxxAndrew Jefferson Bennett, Conductor
xxxxxLabel: Naxos, 2013

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'Heliotrope" Ballet in Two Acts
xxxxxBerlin Philharmonic
xxxxxSir Simon Rattle, Conductor
xxxxxLabel: EMI, 2014

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"When the Dead Awaken" Opera in Three Acts
xxxxxNew York Metropolitan Opera
xxxxxJames Levine, Conductor
xxxxxLabel: Deutsche Grammophon, 2014

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Symphony No. 5
xxxxxBaltimore Symphony Orchestra
xxxxxAndrew Jefferson Bennett, Conductor
xxxxxLabel: EMI, 2016

Fallcoast Symphony
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Fallcoast Symphony 2016-2017 Season

  • September 23 & 24, 2016 - CLASSIC SERIES- Opening Weekend

xxxxxBARTOK Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
xxxxxPISTON The Incredible Flautist
xxxxxHOLST The Planets

  • October 7 & 8, 2016 - Dutilleux's' 100th Birthday - CLASSIC SERIES

xxxxxDUTILLEUX Mystere de l'instant
xxxxxDUTILLEUX Metaboles
xxxxxDUTILLEUX L'arbre des songes
xxxxxDUTILLEUX The Shadows of Time
xxxxxDUTILLEUX Symphony No. 2 "Le double"

  • October 21 & 22, 2016 - A Night with Beethoven - CLASSIC SERIES

xxxxxBEETHOVEN Egmont Overture
xxxxxBEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major
xxxxxBEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A Major

  • October 29, 2016 - Halloween Spooktacular! - POPS SERIES

xxxxxOFFENBACH Overture to "Orpheus in the Underworld"
xxxxxBACH/STOKOWSKI Toaccata and Fugue in D Minor
xxxxxMUSSORGSKY Night on Bald Mountain
xxxxxSAINT-SAENS Dance Macabre
xxxxxPROKOFIEV Midnight from "Cinderella"
xxxxxBARBER Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance
xxxxxROUSE Bump from "Phantasmata"
xxxxxDUKAS The Sorcerer's Apprentice
xxxxxWAGNER The Ride of the Valkyries
xxxxxGRIEG In the Hall of the Mountain King from "Peer Gynt Suite No. 1"
xxxxxSTRAVINSKY Infernal Dance from "The Firebird"
xxxxxHOLST Mars, The Bringer of War from "The Planets"
xxxxxCARPENTER Main Theme from "Halloween"
xxxxxRACHMANINOFF/STOKOWSKI Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 3
xxxxxMUSSORGSKY/RAVEL Catacombs from "Pictures At An Exhibition"
xxxxxBERLIOZ Dream of a Witches Sabbath from "Symphony Fantastique"

  • November 4 & 5, 2016 - 20th Century Appreciations - CLASSIC SERIES

xxxxxHOVHANESS Mysterious Mountain
xxxxxSCHNITTKE Cello Concerto No. 2
xxxxxLUTOSLAWSKI Symphony No. 1
xxxxxIVES The Unanswered Question
xxxxxHINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphosis

  • November 11 & 12, 2016 - A Night on Broadway - POPS SERIES

With Broadway Sensation Moira Dennington
xxxxx“Getting to Know You” from The King and I
xxxxx“How Lovely to Be a Woman” From Bye Bye Birdie
xxxxx“Think of Me” From Phantom of the Opera
xxxxx“Adelaides Lament” From Guys & Dolls
xxxxx“The History of Wrong Guys” From Kinky Boots
xxxxx“I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” From South Pacific
xxxxx“I Could Have Danced All Night” From My Fair Lady
xxxxx“One Boy” From Bye Bye Birdie
xxxxx“Something Wonderful” From The King and I
xxxxx“So In Love” From Kiss Me Kate
xxxxx“Here Alone “ From Little Women
xxxxx“I’m Not the Girl” From Wicked
xxxxx“Raining In My Heart” From Dames at Sea
xxxxx“Take Back Your Mink” From Guys & Dolls
xxxxx“I Hate Men” From Kiss Me Kate
xxxxx“There’s a Fine, Fine Line” From Avenue Q
xxxxx“The Fire Within Me” From Little Women
xxxxx“Without You” From My Fair Lady
xxxxx“Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” From Phantom of the Opera
xxxxx“Defying Gravity” From Wicked


  • November 18 & 19, 2016 - CLASSIC SERIES

xxxxxGROFE Grand Canyon Suite
xxxxxCOPLAND Clarinet Concerto
xxxxxDVORAK Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"

  • December 2 & 3, 2016 - CLASSIC SERIES

xxxxxROUSE Prospero's Rooms
xxxxxROUSE Phantasmata
xxxxxLUTOSLAWSKI Piano Concerto
xxxxxBERLIOZ Symphony Fantastique

  • December 9 & 10, 2016 - with the Fallcoast Chorus - POPS SERIES

xxxxxChristmas Carol Sing-a-long

  • December 16 & 17, 2016- with the Fallcoast Ballet - CLASSICS SERIES

xxxxxTCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker

  • January 13 & 14, 2017 - A Night with Bartok - CLASSICS SERIES

xxxxxBARTOK Two Tone Pictures
xxxxxBARTOK Piano Concerto No. 2
xxxxxBARTOK The Miraculous Mandarin
xxxxxBARTOK Concerto for Orchestra

  • January 27 & 28, 2017 - A Night with Stravinsky - with Fallcoast Chorus and Ballet - CLASSICS SERIES

xxxxxSTRAVINSKY Ebony Concerto
xxxxxSTRAVINSKY Les Noces
xxxxxSTRAVINSKY The Soldier's Tale

  • February 10 & 11, 2017 - Valentine's Concert - POPS SERIES

xxxxxTCHAIKOVSKY Overture to "Romeo and Juliet"
xxxxxPROKOFIEV Suites No. 1 & 2 from "Romeo and Juliet"
xxxxxOther works TBA

  • February 24 & 25, 2017 - with Fallcoast Chorus - CLASSICS SERIES

xxxxxMOZART Requiem
xxxxxBRITTEN Sinfonia de Requiem
xxxxxWALTON Belsehzaar's Feast

  • March 10 & 11, 2017 - Another Night with Stravinsky - CLASSICS SERIES

xxxxxSTRAVINSKY Petrushka
xxxxxSTRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring
xxxxxSTRAVINSKY The Firebird

  • March 24 & 25, 2017 - Movie Night! - CLASSICS SERIES

xxxxxWILLIAMS Selections from "Star Wars"
xxxxxZIMMER Selections from "Inception"
xxxxxSILVESTRI Selections from "Predator"
xxxxxELFMAN Selections from "Batman"
xxxxxHORNER Selections from "Aliens"

  • April 7 & 8, 2017 - CLASSICS SERIES

xxxxxDE FALLA El Armor Brujo
xxxxxRIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade

  • April 21 & 22, 2017 - with Fallcoast Chorus - CLASSICS SERIES

xxxxxADAMS Chairman Dances from "Nixon in China"
xxxxxRAVEL Daphnes & Chloe Suites No. 1 & 2
xxxxxORFF Carmina Burana

  • May 5 & 6, 2017 - A Night with Prokofiev - CLASSICS SERIES

xxxxxPROKOFIEV Suite from "Love for Three Oranges"
xxxxxPROKOFIEV Scythian Suite from "Ala and Lolly"
xxxxxPROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 5
xxxxxPROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5

  • May 19 & 20, 2017 - POPS SERIES

xxxxxCOPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
xxxxxADAMS Short Ride in a Fast Machine
xxxxxRIMSKY-KORSAKOV Procession of the Nobles
xxxxxWALTON Crown Imperial March
xxxxxCOPLAND A Lincoln Portrait
xxxxxBRITTEN Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
xxxxxPROKOFIEV Peter and the Wolf
xxxxxGERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
xxxxxRAVEL Bolero

  • June 2 & 3, 2017 - Season Finale with Fallcoast Chorus - CLASSICS SERIES

xxxxxMAHLER Symphony No. 2 "The Resurrection"

Contacts
  • Executive Assistant, Fallcoast Symphony - Vacant.
  • Personnel Manager, Fallcoast Symphony - Vacant.
  • Librarian, Fallcoast Symphony - Vacant.
  • Administrative Assistant, St. John's University Music Department - Vacant.
  • Calliope - Such a dear friend, and perhaps one of the closest in Fallcoast. So happy for you and Mr. Strand.
  • Lisbeth - Coffee. It was delicious.
  • Sofia - You lost. But did you?
  • Hesper - It all began with a Haydn Symphony, and ended when the music stopped.
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