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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” The band The Civil Wars chose their name not based on American history, but on this quote attributed to Ian Maclaren. Through their music and the works of other Americana and folk artists, Vincent Kempski and MALINDA explore what it means to be compassionate in the moments when compassion doesn’t come easily; to love with fire and hope in the face of struggle. The evening ranges from hard-hitting rock numbers to intimate acoustic ballads, celebrating the poeticism and range of the “singer-songwriter.”
MALINDA began her performance career as an actor in the DC area, and has had the privilege of working with the Kennedy Center, The Folger Theater, Adventure Theater, Constellation Theater, Keegan Theater and The Washington Stage Guild before winning a Helen Hayes Award for her portrayal of Girl in Once at Olney Theatre Center. The world tour of At Home in the World, a show produced by the Ashinaga Foundation, brought her to Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Warner Theatre as well as performances in Japan and Uganda. In 2014, she founded the YouTube comedy channel “Twisted Translations,” launching her career as a social media personality. In August 2018 she shifted her focus to music, creating a second YouTube channel called MALINDA. She has released over 10 original singles and an original EP entitled “Love Letter.” In January 2021, videos of her singing Irish folk music by candlelight became viral on TikTok, bringing her a following of over 2 million, followed by two folk EPs, “The Folks I Love” and “Sea to Sky,” both of which landed at #1 on the iTunes World Music Charts. She now creates content on all social platforms celebrating the beauty of her Irish folk music heritage as well as continuing the legacy with original music. She prioritizes developing a community centering around mental health, open communication and cultural curiosity. In January 2020 she headlined her first sold out show, opening the INTERSECTIONS Festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, and she is slated to headline more shows across the country this year.
Vincent Kempski is thrilled to be returning to Olney Theatre after appearing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat and Grease. He was recently seen as Roger Davis in Signature Theatre’s production of RENT. Select regional credits include Assassins, A Chorus Line, Gypsy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Spring Awakening, Grand Hotel, Billy Elliot, Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon, The Nutcracker. Vincent received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Catholic University of America. He practices breathing regularly in hopes to one day get through whatever hell this is we’re living in. Instagram/Twitter: @vinnykempski
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