On January 29 the Red Scarf Society for the Performing Arts is pleased to present the Kenari Saxophone Quartet in an afternoon concert at St. Mark’s Preservation Square, 304 Lane Street, Yreka. Doors open at 2:30 PM and the concert will begin at 3:00 PM. So come on in out of the cold and wet weather and enjoy an afternoon of a meticulously crafted repertoire from all periods of classical and contemporary music.
Applauded for their “flat-out amazing” performances and “stunning virtuosity”, the highly acclaimed Kenari Quartet delivers inspiring performances that transform the perception of the saxophone. The quartet aims to highlight the instrument’s remarkable versatility.
Formed in 2012 at Indiana University, the quartet’s name is derived from the Malay word “kenari”, which may be translated as “songbird.” Expanding on the age-old idea that birds communicate through song, the Kenari Quartet seeks to exemplify this concept through concert hall performances. By not only connecting with their audiences via song, but also through physical movement, Kenari amplifies the standard concert experience with their striking visual communication and powerful stage presence.
The Kenari Quartet has found a home performing on many of the premiere chamber music series in the United States.. For many chamber music institutions, the Kenari Quartet has been proud to serve as the first saxophone quartet to be presented. The group has earned top prizes at several national and international chamber music competitions. In addition to cultivating the highest level of performance, the Kenari Quartet has a deep passion for collaboration and innovation.
Committed to giving back to their communities, the Kenari Quartet is regularly involved in community engagement opportunities and educational endeavors. As a part of their touring activities, they often perform and teach at youth centers and grade schools around the country. The quartet has also given performances, masterclasses, and lectures around the country at various universities.
Bob Eason is the soprano saxophonist and founding member of the Kenari Quartet. He is an educator, and clinician. He is in also much in demand as a soloist.
Corey Dundee is an Ann Arbor-based composer and saxophonist whose work has been described as “trippy dream music” and “falling down a black rabbit hole”. He is also the recipient of Chamber Music America’s Grant and many other awards. Corey has been a frequent finalist for the Morton Gould Young Composer Award presented by ASCAP.
Steven Banks is the baritone saxophonist of the Quartet. He was the first saxophonist to earn a place on the Young Concert Artists roster in its 59-year history. He is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in music education, performance, and newly commissioned works in the classical realm. In addition to everything else that he does, Mr. Bankshas an ongoing relationship with The Cleveland Orchestra
Kyle Baldwin is currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area where he is teaching a small studio of students and continues performing with the Kenari Quartet. He won first prize in the Kings Symphony Young Artists Concerto Competition. At Indiana University, Much of Kyle’s college career was devoted to premiering new works for saxophone. Kyle enjoys experimenting with new approaches to classical music through unique instrumentation and new performance concepts.
Ticket Price: $25 Adults, $30 at door; $5 Students. Available at Nature’s Kitchen & Liberty Arts, Yreka
Soul Connections, Mt. Shasta
Concert sponsors: Jim and Linda Scharff
Dr. Graham Family Foundation
Martha Tickle in Memory of Ron Tickle
Pacific Power Foundation