bassoonist, since the mid-‘70s, for the L.A. Chamber Orchestra, who
co-founded the L.A. Chamber Orchestra Winds and has performed with the
chamber groups L’eau, Musical Offering, and
the Westwood Wind Quintet.
with the latter on 14th January 1977 as a part of the South Bay
Chamber Music Society, Inc.’s series of concerts, in a program that
ranged from Baroque composer Jan Pieters
Sweelinck to 20th-century composers such as Samuel Barber, Ingolf Dahl, Paul Hindemith, and Gyorgy
A couple of months later, also under the umbrella of the SBCMS, he
returned as a member of Musical Offering, in an all-Baroque affair.
Kenneth’s early recordings is Frank Sinatra’s boxed set,
Trilogy, released in 1979. In
1980, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra tackled Arnold Schoenberg’s
“Chamber Symphony” and “5 Pieces, Op. 16”, on the
March 1981, Musical Offering appeared at Carnegie Recital Hall, this time
including Sonata No. 5 in F by Jan Zelenka, whose
music Kenneth champions. Zelenka also figured in the program they played on 23rd
February 1983 at the 92nd Street Y in New York. That same year, the LACO released a
recording of Handel’s Water
In 1984, they
released an album of music by the Russian revolutionaries, Stravinsky,
Prokofiev, and Shostakovich, whilst Musical Offering released Viva Vivaldi: Festive Chamber Music for Woodwinds
and Strings. A year later,
Kenneth played bassoon on the soundtrack of The Color Purple, one of many soundtracks on which he would
credits include American Dreamz, August
Rush, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, Bridge to Terabithia,
Bruce Almighty, Dark Water, Elektra, Hidalgo, Inside Man, King Kong (2005), The
Legend of Zorro, Signs, The Terminal, Under the Tuscan Sun, War
of the Worlds, and X-Men: The Last Stand.
Kenneth appeared on Bach-Malloch:
The Art of Fuguing and Carol Rosenberger Plays Beethoven. The 1990s were a no less prolific
time for him: He performed on
the recordings Baby Needs Beethoven,
Baby Needs Mozart, Immortal Beethoven, Intimate Encounters, Mozart, Beethoven: Piano and Wind Quintets, and 6 Brandenburgische
Konzerte, BWV 1046-1051.
In 1995, he
appeared in a concert entitled “Baroque Visions and Contemporary
Reflections” as part of the Pacific Serenades. Four years later, he performed the
Duet-Concertino of Richard Strauss, which he also recorded on Nonesuch.
hasn’t slowed down in the new millennium, either. On 26th February 2003, he
performed Beethoven’s Septet, Op. 20, at California State University
in Fullerton, where he also teaches.
He celebrated Christmas with the LACO later that year as part of
their Holiday Hijinks! concert.
In 2004, he
performed Johann Sebastian Bach’s St.
Matthew Passion with Santa Fe Pro Musica at
Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and appeared on the classical music
compilation, Girls Gotta Dance!.
June 2005, he played bassoon on Mozart’s Sinfonia
Concertante in E flat major for Flute, Oboe,
Horn, Bassoon and Orchestra, K. 297B, at the University of Oregon School of
In 2006, he
had an opportunity to showcase Zelenka’s
Trio Sonata No. 1 in F major at Colburn School of Performing Arts, and
appeared on Danny Elfman’s inaugural
concert piece, Serenada Schizophrana. He also recorded Luciana Berio’s Sequenzas I-XIV
on the Naxos label.
2007 was an
especially busy year: He
recorded Janacek: Idyll; Mladi
with the LACO; On 12th May, he performed Wolfgang Gernot’s “Common Ground” with cello player
Armen Ksajikian in a
program entitled “Made in California”, as part of the LACO’s Music at the Jazz Bakery series; He
reprised this piece about three months later with David Speltz
at the Idyllwild Arts Academy; On 27th November, he was featured
in the LACO’s concert “Inspired
Beginnings” playing Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in B flat
In early 2008,
he once again dusted off Zelenka in a concert at La Crescenta Presbyterian
Church in California for the Crescenta Valley Arts Council.