For Immediate Release
September 23, 2014
Those who attended last Fall’s Beethoven program know that this concert is anything but a typical academic piano recital! It engages the audience through music as well as pictures, narration, movie clips, humor and more.
A tenured Professor of Music at George Fox University, Dr. Kenn teaches music theory, music history, keyboard literature, piano pedagogy and applied piano. He developed the Encounters with… Series when he was asked to teach a general music history course. As he worked within that capacity, he thought:
"Why not combine the real composer’s thoughts and emotions with their music? Why must all the composer information be so dry? Let's discuss the rock and roll-a-bility of Beethoven!!"
The result is endless fun and a concert series which is slightly off the beaten path each time it is presented.
A Montana native, Dr. Kenn began playing the piano at the age of six when he taught himself to read music. He began formal training at the age of 10 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Fox University, a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Portland, and a Doctor of Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado.
Dr. Kenn’s passion is the piano, and one of his favorite is the Bosendorfer, which just happens to be piano that Lower Columbia College owns, thanks to the generosity of Ken and Pat Hanson, who met at LCC and became long-term supporters of music programs at the college. They purchased the Bosendorfer Imperial Grand Piano, along with other music instruments for local students and the college. The Hanson endowment through the LCC Foundation leaves a legacy of music to benefit the college, future generations of students, and the entire community.
Bosendorfer pianos are handcrafted in Austria. The Bosendorfer Grand Concert Pianos are known for having 97 keys; a full eight octaves. Most traditional concert pianos have 88 keys. Dr. Kenn was named a Bosendorfer Education Artist by the Viennese Piano Manufacturing company in October 2005. He was also invited to present a recital in Bosendorfer Hall in May of 2006.