Roosevelt series to continue with sacred music by Kiolbassa

July 30, 2018

MICHIGAN CITY — The 17th season of the Roosevelt organ series will continue with Jeremy Kiolbassa this Wednesday at Christ Church, 531 Washington St., Michigan City.

Seating is at noon, with the program beginning at 12:15 p.m.

Jeremy Kiolbassa is a performer and composer, living and working in Chicago. His fascination with sacred music and the organ began in his formative years at St. Hyacinth Catholic School in Chicago. In childhood, he demonstrated a natural ability to play by ear, and his abilities developed without formal training into adolescence, teaching himself to read music while continuing to play by ear and improvise. His formal musical training began relatively late as he attended Whitney Young High School in Chicago. While refining his keyboard technique, he also gained a great love for choral repertoire during this time, singing in choirs under the baton of two great conductors, Scott Arkenberg and Gloria Brown.

He went on to attend VanderCook College of Music to study music education. He studied applied piano performance in the studio of Marianne Krupa. He had the privilege of studying with Elizabeth Naegele at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago for more than three years. He joined the staff at St. Benedict in July 2013.

Under his direction, the parish has embraced the organ and traditional worship, and the music program continues to grow exponentially. His ear and natural ability have manifested a love for improvisation and composition.

In the upcoming season, Jeremy will perform a series of concerts featuring lesser known Polish composers of organ music.

The series is in its 17th year, sponsored by the former Congregational Church of Michigan City. The recitals are played on a nationally renowned organ, the Roosevelt. The organ series is held each Wednesday throughout the summer

Ann and George Dobie are the founders and hosts of the weekly events, which continue through Aug. 29. For direct questions, call (269) 469-0051.

The concerts are free. Donations for the organ maintenance fund are appreciated. The church is air-conditioned.

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