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Benise: Strings Of Passion

Virtuoso guitarist Benise takes viewers on an international journey through forbidden, magical and enchanted lands, including Cuba.
Courtesy of Benise/Spanish Guitar International
Virtuoso guitarist Benise takes viewers on an international journey through forbidden, magical and enchanted lands, including Cuba.

Airs Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

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Benise is “Benissimo!” in this ‘Best Of’ television special, a 10-year mosaic collection of the American guitarist’s favorite songs. From his humble beginnings as a street musician to performing around the world, Benise, known for his “nouveau Spanish flamenco” style, takes viewers on an international journey of musical genres including salsa, flamenco, tango, waltz, samba and more. “Benise: Strings Of Passion” is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning May 2015.

Virtuoso guitarist Benise takes viewers on an international journey of musical genres, including salsa, flamenco, tango, waltz, samba and more.
Courtesy of Benise/Spanish Guitar International
Virtuoso guitarist Benise takes viewers on an international journey of musical genres, including salsa, flamenco, tango, waltz, samba and more.
Give $15 /mo or $180 during our TV Membership Campaign beginning Aug. 8, and receive the “Benise: Strings Of Passion” Combo including the program DVD and 2-CD set. This gift also includes enrollment in the myKPBS Savers Club plus additional online access to more than 130,000 merchant offers and printable coupons, as well as a KPBS License Plate Frame (if you're a new member). The DVD only is available at the $84 level, and the 2-CD set only is at $120.
Courtesy of Benise/Spanish Guitar International
Give $15 /mo or $180 during our TV Membership Campaign beginning Aug. 8, and receive the “Benise: Strings Of Passion” Combo including the program DVD and 2-CD set. This gift also includes enrollment in the myKPBS Savers Club plus additional online access to more than 130,000 merchant offers and printable coupons, as well as a KPBS License Plate Frame (if you're a new member). The DVD only is available at the $84 level, and the 2-CD set only is at $120.

Fresh off their groundbreaking 34-city tour through China, and with more than 100 additional performances in 2014, Benise and cast return in 2015 with their new multi-cultural stage show “Strings Of Passion,” where classic rock anthems are brilliantly and seamlessly fused with fiery Spanish guitar and dazzling Spanish dance. Included in the lineup are songs from rock icons like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, The Eagles and more.

“Benise: Strings Of Passion” transcends all borders and leads viewers on a journey through forbidden, magical and enchanted lands, including:

• The oldest bullring in Ronda, Spain

• The ‘Malecón’ (wall of dreams) in Old Havana, Cuba

• The canals of Venice, Italy

• The quaint cafes and Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

• The Great Wall of China

• Kathmandu, Nepal

• A 2,000-year-old temple in Sri Lanka

• Across America’s heartland

• The deserts of Dubai and Oman

• The pyramids of Cairo, Egypt

• The Volcano Haleakala / beaches of Maui, Hawaii

• The Taj Mahal, India

“Benise: Strings Of Passion” is directed by Amy Tinkham (who has worked with Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Madonna) and Raj Kapoor (Josh Groban, AMERICAN IDOL, DANCING WITH THE STARS, Britney Spears), and choreographed by Alex Magno (Madonna, the Academy Awards, Jennifer Lopez and Ballet Hispanico).

Benise is on Facebook, and you can follow @Roni_Benise on Twitter.

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