Jordan Kitt’s provides Yamaha CFX grand for Chick Corea performance

Jordan Kitt’s was chosen to supply the Yamaha CFX concert grand piano for the upcoming Chick Corea/Steve Gadd performance from Thursday, October 5th through Sunday, October 8th at Blues Alley in Washington, DC.

Here what artists have to say about the CFX:

Chick Corea and Steve Gadd’s musical partnership is the stuff of legend. But the music is always new. Since Gadd became the very first electric Return to Forever drummer (true story), these two have turned out one game-changing record after another: The Leprechaun, My Spanish Heart, Three Quartets and Friends. Now, co-leading a band for the first time, they pick it up where they left off, this time with young guns filling out the lineup: Lionel Loueke, the Benininan genius on guitar; Steve Wilson, Chick’s Origin protege, on sax and flute; the great Carlitos Del Puerto on bass; and Venezuelan master Luisito Quintero on percussion.

For tickets, visit here

Live Webcast with Jim Brickman

Songwriters, lyricists, and all music lovers are invited to celebrate Summer with a special songwriting showcase featuring Jim Brickman! He’ll play some of his chart-topping hits and share the stories behind songs we know and love. Learn insightful tips to bring your songs to life and helpful tools every songwriter should have. Plus, Jim will feature some new songs performed by aspiring artists on the Roland Spotlight Channel, which he is hosting throughout the month of July.

RSVP today to view this interactive concert with Jim Brickman and enter to win a Roland FP-30 Digital Piano.

During the live webcast, Jim will giveaway Roland piano accessories and the grand prize: a Roland FP-30-WH complete with stand and pedals in white finish, autographed by Jim Brickman himself. You can only win if you are watching!

Register Here!
(registration closes July 18, 2017)

National Philharmonic at Strathmore this weekend…

National Philharmonic:
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2

Haochen Zhang, piano
Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Rachmaninoff
Dvořák  
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor
Symphony No. 8 in G Major

Few openings in the piano concerto repertoire can equal the mounting tension at the beginning of Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto, a piece that established the composer’s fame.

Since his gold medal win at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 26-year-old Chinese pianist Haochen Zhang has captivated audiences in the U.S., Europe and Asia with a unique combination of deep musical sensitivity, fearless imagination and spectacular virtuosity.

“Such a combination of enchanting, sensitive lyricism and hypnotizing forcefulness is a phenomenon encountered very rarely.” — The Jerusalem Post

Get more information and tickets here!

 

The inaugural concert for the Middleburg Music Fest International

Last week, The inaugural event for the Middleburg Music Fest International (MMFI), was held at the luxurious and sophisticated Salamander Resort & Spa in the beautiful horse and wine country of Middleburg, Virginia.

MMFI is a nonprofit performing arts initiative that seeks the preservation, awareness and promotion of classical, jazz and contemporary music – specifically those works that highlight the role of the piano as a solo performance instrument or as part of any assembled group of musical instruments.

Nikita Fitenko

The event commenced with a concert by internationally acclaimed pianists Nikita Fitenko and Katerina Zaitseva, with a wonderful program of piano solo and piano duo works including compositions by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Medtner, Debussy, and more – all performed on the fabulous Bösendorfer 280 Concert Grand, normally housed at Strathmore Hall and supplied courtesy of Event Patron Jordan Kitt’s Music.

A special wine reception immediately followed the performance, presented by Event Patrons Greenhill Winery & Vineyards and Boxwood Winery.

For more information about the Middleburg Music Fest, contact the Jordan Kitt’s Music near you.

Jordan Kitt’s goes to Strathmore for Europe’s Finest Pianos Concert & Show

Two weeks ago, Jordan Kitt’s Music was proud to be a part of the largest European factory piano event in area history at Strathmore Mansion, featuring a unique collection of extremely rarte pianos from Bösendorfer or Steingraeber & Söhne.

A special performance by world renowned concert pianist Eric Himy played to a capacity crowd, followed by a show and sale event on Sunday. The event also included the the extraordinary Oscar Peterson Signature Edition Bösendorfer, a remarkable instrument capable of recreating “live” performances originally recorded by one of history’s greatest jazz pianists.

Boesendorfer piano

A unique sampling of pianos from this event are being hosted at area Jordan Kitt’s Music locations throughout the season. For specific model information, call (301) 770-9081 in Maryland, or (703) 573-6070 in Virginia.

Towson University Celebrates a new Bösendorfer with a concert this Thursday!

Join our friends at Towson University as they celebrate the arrival of their new Bösendorfer piano with a special concert event:

The New Music Ensemble at Towson University presents a concert of contemporary music celebrating the new Bösendorfer piano in the Department of Music:
Thursday, October 27th at 8:15pm
at the
Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall,
Towson, MD

Washington International Piano Festival: July 24 – August 1

The Washington International Piano Festival is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the performance and teaching of classical music at the highest standard. The festival takes place every summer on the beautiful campus of the Catholic University of America, as well as at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Young aspiring concert pianists, teachers, amateurs, and piano lovers of all ages from all over the world are invited to participate in this inspiring and unique one-week festival.

The goal of our festival – the first and the only piano festival in Washington, D.C. – is to provide the best learning experience for everyone by combining an intensive educational program with an outstanding concert series presented by world-class classical pianists. We invite you to become part of the festival either as an active participant or an observer (see registration). All participants will have the opportunity to work with prominent piano pedagogues in daily one-on-one private lessons and to participate in a piano competition, recitals, educational workshops, lectures and master classes that will focus on both piano solo and piano ensemble repertoire. Selected WIPF participants will also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in two concerts at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Both concerts are webcast live at www.kennedy-center.org. In addition to the intensive program offerings, participants will have the chance to enjoy and explore the cultural and historical sights of Washington, D.C. including museums, galleries, memorials, monuments, theaters and restaurants. A special sight-seeing city bus tour will be offered to our festival participants and guests.

In addition to presenting some of the best internationally-renowned pianists in recital (see ticket information), we are excited to offer again to the festival participants and audiences the Young Pianist Showcase concert series. These 30-minute concerts, preceding our guest artists’ evening concerts, will feature an array of extraordinarily talented young pianists who are prizewinners of local, national and international piano competitions.

During the last seven editions of the festival we welcomed more than 450 participants, faculty, and guest artists from all over the world including Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, Singapore, U.A.E., Argentina, Brazil, Russia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, France, Italy, and the U.S. They all made our festival become one of the most successful additions to the nation’s capital’s summer cultural life.

For more information or tickets, visit http://www.washingtonpianofest.com/

Make Music Day is coming to Washington DC on June 21st!

Make Music Day is a global celebration of music that takes place each year on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held in more than 700 cities in 120 countries.

On June 21st of 2016, Make Music Day is making its debut in Washington, DC.  Musicians of all genres, skill levels and ages are urged to share their talents. Virtually any venue can participate. Registration is free, easy and commitment-free.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers.  All of it is free and open to the public.

Stop by Jordan Kitt’s Music during Make Music Day to learn how to play a song, and get a free piece of sheet music!


Or, to participate, volunteer, or find out more information, visit here!

Jordan Kitt’s Music receives gift of original art after Awadajin Pratt visit

Following Jordan Kitt’s Music special presentation of Awadajin Pratt at the Woodburn School for the Fine & Communicative Arts, one student was so moved by the performance that she was inspired to create this wonderful piece of art commemorating the occasion.

Isabelle Campen, a 6th grade student at Woodburn, painted a 3 dimensional work of art created in layers titled “Awadagin’s Notes” and presented it to Chris Syllaba, President of Jordan Kitt’s Music.

This wonderful artwork is proudly on display at the Rockville location, so look for it next time you visit!

Jordan Kitt’s hosts Awadajin Pratt at the Woodburn School for the Fine Arts

Students at the Woodburn School for the Fine & Communicative Arts received a special treat courtesy of Jordan Kitt’s Music and the Fairfax Symphony! On Thursday, April 28th, Jordan Kitt’s Music and the Fairfax Symphony partnered together to bring famed pianist Awadagin Pratt to give a special concert just for the students and the faculty of the innovative school.
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“The Woodburn School has a wonderful mission of infusing the daily curriculum of their students with a healthy dose of the fine arts. Those in our field understand the importance the arts play in education and the role it plays in a student’s development. This matches our own commitment to music education and our vision of improving students lives through music. It was our privilege to support the Woodburn School and their students, and to see how Mr. Pratt’s performance has touched these children.”

Awadagin Pratt has been the subject of numerous articles in the national press, including Newsweek, People Magazine and New York Newsday. He was named one of the 50 Leaders of Tomorrow in Ebony Magazine’s special 50th anniversary issue and has been featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, St. Paul Sunday Morning and Weekend Edition. On television, Mr. Pratt has performed on the Today Show, Good Morning America and Sesame Street, been profiled on CBS Sunday Morning and was one of the featured soloists on PBS’s “Live from the Kennedy Center – A Salute to Slava.”

The piano Mr. Pratt performed on was a special Avant Grand by Yamaha and provided by Jordan Kitt’s Music. The instrument provides a concert level performance while being small enough to meet the size restrictions in most homes and schools. More information about the instrument is available here