If you’re looking for a special event for your Valentine, the Kokomo Park Band and Kokomo Community Concerts have just the ticket. All you have to do is buy it.

The Kokomo Park Band will present “Music for the Young at Heart” on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. in the Kokomo High School Auditorium. The event will  feature the Kokomo Children’s Choir and flutist Eleanor Kernitz, this year’s winner of  KPB College Student Soloist Competition. Music director Steve Rhodes will conduct.

The first half will feature a fully narrated version of Camille Saint-Saens’s “Carnival of the Animals.” Each section will be preceded by an Ogden Nash poem about the animal being characterized. The concert opens with “Youth Triumphant Overture,” a seldom heard work written by American composer Henry Hadley for the newly formed American Bandmasters Association in 1930.  

The Kokomo Children’s Choir will perform “Old American Songs” by Aaron Copland, including “I Bought Me a Cat,” “At The River,” and “Ring-a-Ching Chaw.”

The second half of the program will feature music from Walt Disney productions over the years.

 Kernitz, a junior at Indiana Wesleyan University, is a double major in piano under Dr. Phoenix Park-Kim and flute under professor Trudy Whitford. She has accumulated several awards on flute and piano; one of her most recent accomplishments was a 2007 performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Second Piano Concerto” with the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Kokomo Children’s Choir was founded by Laura Swartzendruber in 1997. This community choir is open to children with unchanged voices ages 7 through 18 and dedicated to teaching choral excellence in a joyful, caring atmosphere.

 Ed Vasicek will serve as narrator on Sunday’s production of “Carnival of the Animals.”  He is a member of the Kokomo Park Band Board of Directors.

This activity is made possible, in part, by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.    

The organization has also received support form the Kokomo Community Arts Commission.  The Kokomo Park Band has been a community institution for more than 107 years.  The KPB Winter Concert is the official kickoff for its 2010 fundraising campaign. Individual contributions are its primary source of support.  If you wish to make a donation, the mailing address is P.O. Box 6039, Kokomo, IN 46904. 

To find out more about upcoming concert programs, photos of previous events, and band history, visit Kokomo Park Band on Facebook or the Web site at  www.kokomoparkband.org.

Community Concerts

On Friday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m., at Kokomo High School Auditorium, violinist Sherry Kloss will perform, accompanied by pianist Liz Seidel.

Former master teaching associate of Jascha Heifetz, recording artist, concert violinist, music reviewer and author, Kloss is the heiress to the Heifetz-Tononi violin and co-founder of Jascha Heifetz Society. Her recordings, “Forgotten Gems,” “Lost and Found Treasures of the Heifetz Legacy” Vol. I & II, and her book, “Jascha Heifetz Through My Eyes,” have placed her in the forefront of the musical world today. In 1998 and 2004, Country Commissioners issued proclamations recognizing her achievements as a prominent Pittsburgh artist. She has held university professorships in Australia, California, and Indiana.

The “singing style” of violinist Kloss reflects the influence of her study with Nathan Milstein and Heifetz. Kloss, acclaimed as “one of the foremost violinists of her generation,” commanded international attention after winning the Concours de Violin in Europe, the Sterling Staff Competition, and the prestigious Honorary Degree of Excellence from the Academia Chigiana Musicale in Siena, Italy.

In 1980, Heifetz appointed her as master assistant in charge of his world-renowned violin class at the University of Southern California. She held this position until the death of the master. Heifetz confirmed his belief in Kloss by bequeathing to her the Tononi violin with which he made his famous Carnegie Hall debut in 1917. It is upon this historic instrument that she now performs.

Seidel is  the pianist who will be performing with Kloss on Feb. 12.

Pianist, chamber musician, and educator, Seidel is founder and artistic director of Pianoforte Inc. She has held adjunct university positions, served on the Board of the Indiana Music Teachers Association and maintains a highly successful piano studio in Indiana with state and national winners.

In addition to her master-class presentations, she is collaborative pianist for “Jascha Heifetz Symposium” at Connecticut College.