Welcome to the new locally grown flexible music group*
~ timeless music and lively art ~
Kris Yenney ~ Sunny Side Ensemble's Creator and Artistic Director ~ aims to found and nurture an all new, multi-generational cross-genre cohesive ensemble, dedicated to revival of the traditional and classical repertoire, mixed with new arrangements, instruments and collaborations with all forms of lively art*
Like-minded local musicians and artists come together to co-create events that inspire and involve our supportive and enthused audiences in the act . . . from inciting flights of dance to preparing delicious pairings of musical offerings with local wines and artisanal foods in non-traditional venues. . .
Look for us as we launch our Pilot Season in surprising ways in 2024! See you there!..
(If you are an interested local Jackson County, Oregon musician, artist, wine-maker, foody....
... and/or have an interesting venue to offer, please contact the directrix at : email@example.com
Here's a little more about Kris:
Kris Yenney, M.M. ~ cellist, conductor, composer, and educator ~ received her Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, Her primary teachers have been Margaret Rowell, Bonnie Hampton, Irene Sharp and Irving Klein (California); Timothy Eddy, Robert Levin (New York) & Colin Carr, Benjamin Zander, Louis Krasner, Leonard Shure and Gunther Schuller (Boston). Continuing Post Graduate studies have been conducted at such institutions as the Julliard School (NY), the Tanglewood Institute (MASS), the Banff (Alberta) Centre for the Arts, Sabhol Mor (Isle of Skye) Alasdair Fraser's School of Scottish Fiddle, and the Chisti Sabri School of Classical Indian Music (Marin, CA and Jaipur, India). She also explored Music as Medicine with Don Campbell et al at the Institute for Music, Health and Education in Boulder Colorado.
Director and Senior Chamber Music Workshop Faculty for the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestras for many years before migrating to Ashland, Oregon, Kris has also served as Director of Orchestras and of the Chamber Music Societies at the Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley, at Nueva Learning Center in Hillsborough and at Sacred Heart Prep - Atherton.
Kris was a founding member of the cutting-edge Left Coast Chamber Ensemble of San Francisco and performs throughout the West with Celtic and Early Music Trio, "Broceliande ( www.broceliande.org )," which has recorded 6 critically acclaimed cds on the Flowinglass Music label and has been featured guests on Sedge Thompson's "West Coast Live," JoAnn Mar's "Folk Music and Beyond (KALW)," Dave Stafford's "Friday Folk-Off (KKUP)" and other local public radio shows.
A past member of the New England String Quartet (NESQ) of Boston, Kris also co-founded the Palo Alto Sunrise Quartet and has played as a free-lance cellist in innumerable local ensembles of various stripes such as the San Jose Symphony and Midsummer Mozart Orchestras, the West Bay and San Jose Opera companies, TheatreWorks, "Espressivo," etc..... She has backed up Rod Stewart, Lyle Lovett and Smokey Robinson when they perform locally. She teaches cello and chamber music privately and can be heard on numerous recordings ranging from
Classical to Celtic to Jazz.
Founder of and principal mover for the Ashland-based "Cage Free Concerts" enterprise. CFC has garnered praise from fans of Live Music, generally but not exclusively with a Celtic bent, and has attracted talent from the British Isles, Scandinavia, Spain, Quebec and . . . (www.cagefreeconcerts.com).
Highlights of her musical life have included presenting a quintet performance at the Isabel Gardner Museum with Yo-Yo Ma and NESQ, performing and recording with Jazz great Fred Hersch, competing in the Evian, France International String Quartet Competition (NESQ) and being the first woman to win the prestigious John W Work III award in composition for her original setting of Lewis Carroll's "JABBERWOCKY." Her artworks have been seen in Music magazines, stationary, album covers and in private homes world-wide. Kris helmed the merry Bay Area based "M'EarthTones" Choir and enjoys collecting and tackling stringed instruments of the World... Next up: the under-construction Sunny Side Ensemble.
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Ashland, Oregon, United States
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