Glenview Community Church to host 10th anniversary Concert for Peace

The Simple Gifts Concert Series of the Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm St., will host a concert exploring the theme of peace at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 10.

Violinists Katherine Hughes and Carol Kalvonjian, violist Ray Ostwald, cellist Jill Kaeding, saxophonist Kevin Kizer, organist Gary Wendt, jazz vocalist Jade Maze, and the rhythm section of Kent Wehman, Ken Haebich and Neal Wehman perform songs about peace in a variety of styles, from traditional to contemporary. After years of professional performance these versatile musicians are equally comfortable with jazz, classical and pop styles. A post-concert reception follows. The freewill offering benefits the church’s Friends of Music fund.

The concert is being organized by Katherine Hughes. Hughes is a professional violinist, performing in and around the area for over 45 years. She and her husband, Kevin Kizer, are long time Glenview residents. Kizer is a professional saxophonist who can be seen performing at the Green Mill, Andy’s and Constellation.

Hughes is a member of the Glenview Community Church and for the last 10 years has organized the Concert for Peace.

“This year we are returning to the format of the earlier concerts,” she says. “We want to portray the idea of home as the place where peace starts, but also circling back to home and how these concerts started.”

Maze is a singer, composer, author and educator. She spent many years touring internationally singing jazz and contemporary music, then went on to earn her MM in classical vocal performance from Northwestern University. Maze is a teaching artist for Ravinia Festival, on the voice faculty of the Merit School of Music and director of Music at the Hyde Park Union Church. She received the 2016 Clementine Skinner award for her contributions as a singer and educator to the black music culture in Chicago. Her memoir, “Walk Until Sunrise,” winner of the 2018 Golden Aster Book World Literary Prize (Rome, Italy), has been described as “a stunning memoir of loss and redemption.” Maze published a short story collection entitled “Tales from an American Singer,” in August, 2022, which received the 2022 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Best Book (Short Story Collections).

The Glenview Community Church is handicap accessible and has plenty of free on-site parking. It is three blocks west of the Glenview Metra North train station. The Glenview Community Church is an open and affirming congregation.

Visit, email or call (847) 724-2210 for details.

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