An Evening at the Rosette July 09 2019

An Evening at the Rosette

You’re invited to a special event hosted by U.S. Classic Guitar in the historic town of Aurora, Oregon on Saturday, August 3rd, beginning at 5 PM.  Come enjoy a delicious Hawaiian Style Barbecue and an exciting evening of two concerts. These concerts will take place outside, on private property, marking the reopening of a historic music venue called The Rosette which was used by the Aurora Colony from 1856 through 1920. Since 1972, the Jenks Family (Richard, Jocelyn, Rayna, William, Saige, Zach and Grant) have owned this 40 acre parcel and have been making music on it ever since. After 100 years, the style of music might have changed but the magic and energy of this musical venue will live on!  

U.S. Classic Guitar and the Jenks Family plan to host annual private summer concerts and musical festivals during the month of August.  The Rosette will not replace the Portland International Guitar Series taking place at the Eliot Center in Downtown Portland, but is intended to be an added new summer venue to host a variety of musical genres and events.

Come early to celebrate with a Hawaiian Style BBQ from 5-6 PM hosted by Michelle Augello and William Jenks.  Then kick back and savor the soothing sounds of classical guitar music for the first concert of the evening from 6-730 PM with a variety of musical styles from the Renaissance and Baroque Eras, as well as music from Spain, Ireland, and Latin America. This concert will feature the musical talent of  U.S. Classic Guitar intern instructor Keaton Woodburn (a former student of William Jenks currently studying with Christopher Parkening at Pepperdine University), Portland based master guitarist and U.S. Classic Guitar instructor Dave Kelley, and internationally renowned guitarist and U.S Classic Guitar President William Jenks

The second concert from 8-9:30 PM will feature the soulful, bluesy, soft rock sounds of the band Desember comprised of Zach Jenks and Grant Jenks (William’s two sons) and lifelong friend Andrew Torian, with tracks off their new debut album, Chasing the Sun. This exciting new band is quickly gaining popularity across a variety of Portland venues with their original and eclectic style.

About The Musicians:

From a long past of playing and writing music together since the ages of ten and eleven, the young band Desember was founded by brothers Zach and Grant Jenks and their lifelong friend Andrew Torian as a statement of their committed pursuit to create music. After unwavering positive feedback performing their work live, the boys tirelessly invested themselves in recording and producing their first ever studio album, Chasing The Sun. Written over the span of about four years, this album tells the story of these young kids chasing their dreams in the midst of struggle and hardship. 

Growing up in musically inclined families, they listened to everything from classic rock, blues, 80's pop and classical music. Such influences and inspirations have aided in developing the band’s unique sound heard in Chasing the Sun.

Chasing the Sun, through its impressive and artistic forethought, resounds a theme of hope and inspiration. The pursuit of a dream is not bound by the struggles facing it, but rather encouraged by its controversy and battles.

William Jenks
William Jenks is a rare talent from a new generation of classical guitarists. Not only is he a world class recording artist sought out for performances and master classes around the globe, he is also the Founder and President of a new nonprofit organization called U.S. Classic Guitar, which will present concerts in Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, California, and the Big Island of Hawaii for the 2019-2020 season. Jenks began his musical career as a gifted singer, performing choral music at age six. As a youth he participated in a memorable Carnegie Hall performance of the Magnificat, under the celebrated composer and maestro John Rutter. After switching to guitar as a young man, Jenks would go on to record four widely-praised CDs, each supported by extensive touring throughout the United States, Mexico, South America, and Europe.  Just recently in April and May of 2019, he toured Europe for the fourth time with a series of solo concerts and master classes in Spain, Austria, and Macedonia. 

David Kelley
Portland based guitarist David Kelley holds a master’s degree from Portland State University in guitar performance and has performed in a wide variety of venues across the northwest.  David has been involved in numerous musical projects including performing and composing for solo guitar and guitar ensemble, performing in a small jazz combo, performing in numerous student composition projects and recitals, as well as singing with both the concert and jazz choirs. David was awarded a music scholarship for his performance ability on solo guitar. He also had the privilege of participating in a number of master classes with some of the most prestigious classical guitarists in the world, including David Russell, Andrew York, and Ralph Towner.

Keaton Woodburn
Keaton Woodburn has performed both as a soloist and with the Portland Classic Guitar Ensemble across a variety of venues across the Northwest, Southern California and Mexico.  He was a finalist in the Northwest Guitar Youth Competition in 2017 and 2018. Keaton played first Guitar for two years in the Sherwood High School Jazz Band and won multiple soloist awards at Jazz competitions. Keaton has also participated in various masterclasses with world-renowned guitarists such as Pablo Sainz Villegas, Lily Afshar, Antigoni Goni, Eliot Fisk, The Romeros, and Christopher Parkening.