Pianists Benjamin and Christina Krause will present a faculty recital at Hope College on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m., with the live performance available for viewing online at hope.edu/live.
Out of an abundance of caution due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no in-person audience. The concert will be taking place in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for the Musical Arts.
Benjamin and Christina Krause will be performing "Folkdance,” by Meredith Monk; “Four Pieces for Piano Four Hands,” by György Ligeti; "Taxonomies of Pulse,” by Benjamin Krause; and “Sonata for Piano Four Hands,” by Francis Poulenc.
A composer and pianist, Benjamin Krause is a recipient of a Copland House Residency Award, a Houston Symphony Emerging Composer Award, a Presser Award, and the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau’s Prix Marion Tournon Branly, and was named the 2018 Distinguished Composer of the Year by the Music Teachers National Association. His music has been performed worldwide, with performances and commissions by the Houston Symphony, Network for New Music, Da Camera of Houston, Musiqa, Lynx Project, and the Delgani String Quartet. Krause received his D.M.A. from Rice University, and, as a pianist, performs music ranging from the traditional classical repertoire to new music and jazz. He is an assistant professor of music at Hope.
Pianist Christina Giuca Krause enjoys a dynamic career as a performer, vocal coach and educator. Heard on stages throughout the United States and Europe, she has served on the music staff of the Houston Ballet, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Chicago Opera Theater, and Chicago Lyric Opera. She holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and Rice University. She is the artistic director of LYNX, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that amplifies diverse voices through innovative recital programming and educational initiatives. She is the recipient of the 2021 Alumni Enterprise Award by the Music Academy of the West for LYNX’s Composition of a City educational program. She teaches collaborative piano at Hope, where she also performs as an accompanist, and is on faculty at Lutheran Summer Music.