Romayne WheelerOn Saturday 18 May at 8 p.m. pianist Romayne Wheeler will give a concert at the Maria Virgo Regina church in Bennekom. It is already the fourth time that he has appeared in our parish. And that is very special, because Romayne Wheeler is a pianist of international allure.

His nickname is "El pianista de la sierra". Since 1992, the American Wheeler has been living with the Tarahumara people in Mexico, where he composes music that is unmistakably influenced by the extreme landscape and Tarahumara culture. The Tarahumara are a very poor people who have to manage under extremely difficult circumstances.

Occasionally Romayne Wheeler leaves 'his' Tarahumara to give concerts in Europe, Canada and the US. In order to raise money for education and medical care for 'his' Tarahumara.

This year, Wheeler is touring with a new program entitled "Festive Music." What can you expect? In any case Mozart's 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik', 'Clair de Lune' (Debussy) and two (!) versions of 'Ave Maria'. He also plays some of his own compositions. In the meantime, Wheeler tells more about his music and the audience hears fascinating anecdotes. Visitors will enjoy an evening full of beautiful music and beautiful footage of the Tarahumara and northwestern Mexico. And mexican snacks are prepared especially for this evening.

Entrance is free. Of course, a collection will be held for the Tarahumara population.

So, feel welcome on May 18 in our Maria Virgo Regina church, Heelsumseweg 1, Bennekom. The door opens at 7.30pm!

Romayne Wheeler