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Tuesday, May 30, 2000


Giles Communications
David Benoit's concert will raise funds for music education.

Benoit plays with
local students

World-renowned jazz pianist David Benoit will be joined by 16 local students when he performs 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Mamiya Theatre.

Benoit has been recording for more than 20 years and recently released a contemporary jazz CD entitled, "Perfect Dreamer."

The 16 students of piano instructor Winnie Chang range in age from 4 to 16 and were chosen for their ability to play on the Yamaha Clavinova, a digital piano.

"The jazz rhythm is hard to count, especially for the 4-year-old," said Chan, "but the students are more excited than nervous."

Benoit chose the two songs they will play during his performance, a benefit for the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation.

The foundation, formed following the 1995 film starring Richard Dreyfus as an inspirational music teacher, is dedicated to promoting music education nationwide by partnering with businesses, schools and communities in providing musical instruments to qualified schools and students.

Tickets for the concert are $30.

For more information, call 593-2575.

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