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Greetings Concerts from Kirkwood Patrons!

First of all, thank you for your support and dedication to helping last season's return to live concerts be so successful.  We are very happy and excited that your patronage has made it possible to keep this series going for another year. So, get your calendars ready!

Our opening concert will be on October 29, 2022 at 3PM on Saturday, featuring Steinway Artist, Martin Labazevitch.  His extraordinary playing has been heard in concert halls and festivals throughout the world as well as the US. Born in Poland, Mr. Labazevitch studied at the Odessa Conservatory in Ukraine before immigrating to the US in 2000. He graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and later obtained a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree. As a Steinway Artist, Mr. Labazevitch is the co-artistic director of the Puerto Rico International Piano Festival in San Juan, serves on the board of directors of the Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition in New York City and is the founder and artistic director of the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition and Chopin Piano Academy in Washington  DC. The Kirkwood audience will experience the Schubert Piano Sonata in G-major and selections from Chopin. Fanfare Magazine states:“His way with Chopin is fluid and convincincing. He plays with a superb control of rubato and has the most beautiful way of melting a phrase.”

The Christmas focus this year will be very JAZZY! Our wonderful "home" Big Band, The Hot Lanes and Bobby Jasinski will be adding amazing arrangements for everyone's Holiday listening favorites. On Saturday, December 10th at 3PM, you won't want to miss this fun and entertaining concert to add pizzazz to your Advent Season Their latest album, “Spectrum”, which features big band compositions, won a 2021 Washington-area Grammy (Wammie) for Best Jazz Album and Bobby took home the 2021 Wammie honors of Best Jazz Artist! "The Hot Lanes makes its return appearance at the Kirkwood Presbyterian Church Concert Series, our venue for our rehearsals. We will be performing one set of 70-75 minutes, featuring holiday arrangements and originals written by pianist, leader and music director, Bobby Jasinski and baritone saxophonist, Jim Vedda."          

On Saturday, March 4th, 2023, also at 3PM, we will feature a vocal group with a focus on Women's History Month!  The women's choral group, Illuminare, offers enchanting early musical works from the medieval through the Baroque eras - some by amazing women composers. Illuminare has performed at the National Presbyterian Church, Anderson House, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, the Mansion at Strathmore, and First Night Alexandria. They have sung with Eya, the Countertop Quartet, Slaveya, and the Capitol Hill Chorale, as well as with sibling ensemble Carmina. Performances for the Washington Early Music Festival have been favorably reviewed by The Washington Post. They were also honored in 2016 with the Choralis Foundation's Greater Washington Choral Excellence "Ovation" Award for Best Chamber Choir.  Along with these singers, founder and director Vera Kocahanowsky will present solo harpsichord repertoire with the same Feminine focus.

Our season will conclude with a duo that has been featured on the CfK series previously. Saturday, May 13th at 3PM, we welcome back Marcolivia. An award-winning violin/viola duo. They have been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and Front Row Washington as well as regular guest artists at the Tokyo College of Music.  They perform frequently at the Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art and Phillips Collection in D.C.  Known for their accessible and varied concerts, this performance is called Freilach - A Celebration of Jewish and Eastern-European Music . It features a brilliant focus on the moving music by composers of Jewish and Ukrainian descent, folk duos by Bela Bartok, Klezmer duos and more! According to, Freilach or Freylekhs (there are many spellings) is Yiddish for “merriment or pleasure” – think frolic. Freilach can refer to Yiddish happy music in a steady, medium-to-fast tempo. Freylekhs are most often danced at weddings and bar mitzvahs – joyous occasions! This season finale will, without a doubt, be an informative, educational and VERY joyous occasion!

Again, thanks for your past support. All performances given by Concerts from Kirkwood continue ticketless and are solely funded by your generous contributions. We’d love to introduce this gem to any of your friends and family for their pleasure and our continued growth! 

Kirkwood Presbyterian Church started this series offering marvelous musicians, incredibly entertaining and enlightening repertoire in many genres: solo instrumentalists, orchestral works, choral and solo singers, and an opportunity to perform professionally for this local community. Kirkwood's primary mission is to be a joyful community of faith—seeking, serving, and sharing Jesus Christ: a place of worship, song, prayer, learning and mission work to help those in need. This is an invitation to join in either in-person or online worship (YouTube) weekly on Sundays. 

We will still be following the Kirkwood Covid policies, which includes masking and distancing while inside the building.

Best wishes, Denise, Chair, Concerts from Kirkwood             

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