As the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland gears up for its May 27 Annual Pancake Breakfast to be held the Peter Kirk Community Center from 7a-noon, local youth musicians are tuning up for the occasion. As in past years, music will be part of the fun at the breakfast. Lined up to perform are musical acts from local schools and music studios.. All proceeds from the breakfast are donated to Attain Housing, (www.attainhousing.org) to help with homelessness in our area.
8:30-9:00a Isabella Adad, age 16, has had a passion for music for as long as she
can remember. She loves singing, playing piano, guitar, and ukulele, as well as songwriting. Last July, she released a 4 song EP of original songs entitled “On My Mind.” When she’s not playing or writing music, she enjoys golfing, skiing, and performing in musicals, choir, and tap dancing.
9:00-10:00a Next up is the Evergreen Middle School’s Jazz Club directed by Eric Peterson. This energetic group of 6th, 7th and 8th graders meets once a week at 7a to learn the form of America’s Music, Jazz. These great kids show up for practice prepared and ready to swing. With a developing repertoire from Latin to Big Band to Heavy Metal, they are stretching their experiences and are excited to share their music.
10:00a-10:30a Returning to delight pancake eaters is the Thoreau Elementary Choir, directed by Sharon Frank and accompanied by Kara Markell. This lively group of kids in grades 3 through 5 practice once a week after school and love being part of the Kirkland Community.
10:30a-11:30a The final act of the day is The Carillon Chamber Singers. These young people range in age from 13-24. They come from schools as diverse as Kirkland Middle School, U of W, LWHS and Redmond HS. Some of them are out of school entirely, but are still in the Youth Choir age 25 and under. They are all united in their desires to sing top chamber choir material, with expression and artistry being the real hall mark of this group’s focus. The Carillon Chamber Singers and Carillon Chamber Orchestra are both programs of the Kirkland Music Academy and are directed by Jim Peterson. .They will be performing their Spring Concert on Sunday June 11th at 7 pm, at the Kirkland United Church of Christ, which, across from City Hall. This performance will be their most varied concert yet! Early madrigals and Renaissance sacred music, music from India based on Ragas kola kattu, drumming patterns, vocal Jazz, Broadway, Pop, and closing with Frostiana, poetry of Robert Frost, music of Randall Thompson. Tickets will be available at the door.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Kirkland fully supports and is unified in the belief that fostering leadership and community in our youth is paramount to a child’s successful entry into adult life. KCK is thrilled to host the youth in our community as they explore their talent on stage at the annual Pancake Breakfast in support of Attain Housing. If you would like more information about The Kiwanis Club of Kirkland and its work in your community, please visit their website at www.kirkland.kiwanis.org.