Watoto Children’s Choir

Watoto Children’s Choir
February 23, 2011
First Baptist Church

Touring internationally since 1994, the Watoto is a response to the cry of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa, whose lives have been ravaged by war and disease. Their choir has brought a message of hope to many parts of the world.

The Witches of Lublin

WMUK Broadcast of “The Witches of Lublin”
April 17, 2011

“The Witches of Lublin” is an audio drama by Ellen Kushner, Elizabeth Schwartz, and Yale Strom, directed and produced by Sue Zizza. The work was originally commissioned by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music in 2007, through a generous donation from Arthur and Marilyn Feinberg.

Sound & Spirit of Young Kalamazoo

Sound & Spirit of Young Kalamazoo
May 8, 2011
First Congregational United Church of Christ

Our annual “Sound & Spirit” event featured young performers from the area representing diverse faiths, introduced by Robert Graham Small.

Performers included the Muslim Youth Choir; Sikh Temple Youth Musicians; Western Michigan University student and organist Evan Snyder; WMU student Chelsea Morgan, soprano; and Kalamazoo cellist Cullen O’Neil with pianist Rebecca Luppe (pictured).

Alfrelynn Roberts

10th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner
October 8, 2011
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Celebrating the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music’s 10th anniversary, performers included Alfrelynn Roberts, Bell Book and Canto, the Muslim Youth Choir, and Elizabeth Start. Food was provided by Saffron, Shawarma King, and Zooroona.

Aenea M. Keyes

Pre-Concert Talk with Aenea M. Keyes
November 9, 2011
Transformations Spirituality Center

Prior to performing the following evening, violinst Aenea M. Keyes spoke on how her musical meditation Life Circle is an expression of thanksgiving for her survival with cancer.

MusicAEterna

MusicAEterna
November 10, 2011
First Baptist Church

MusicAEterna – Aenea M. Keyes, violin; Michael Graham, cello (replaced by Elizabeth Start for this concert); Miles Graber, piano – merged spiritual traditions with world philosophies in their performance at First Baptist Church.

Le Bon Vent

Le Bon Vent
November 11, 2011
Holy Family Chapel, Nazareth Center

Le Bon Vent is a collection of musicians exploring Arabic influences in French music dating back to the Arabic occupation of the Iberian peninsula in the Middle Ages.

This presentation was supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Tapestry

Tapestry
November 12, 2011
Kalamazoo College – Dalton Theater, Light Fine Arts Building

The critically-acclaimed vocal chamber ensemble returned to Kalamazoo for our 2011 Festival, presenting a new work based on Tibetan music and folklore.

This presentation was supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Ali Akbar Moradi

Ali Akbar Moradi
November 12, 2011
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

A performer of Kurdish sacred music, Ali Akbar Moradi is Iran’s greatest living master of the tanbur – an ancient lute traditionally used in religious ceremonies.

Yale Strom

Yale Strom Lecture/Performance
November 13, 2011
Congregation of Moses

Yale Strom presented a lecture and performance about his research in Jewish music, covering his new string quartet in particular.

Burdick-Thorne String Quartet

Burdick-Thorne String Quartet
November 13, 2011
Congregation of Moses

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s Burdick-Thorne String Quartet performed a new work by Yale Strom, based on music he discovered in an abandoned synagogue in Eastern Europe.

Rahim AlHaj

Iraqi Benefit Dinner
November 14, 2011
Zooroona Restaurant & Lounge

In collaboration with Zooroona Restaurant and Iraqi Health Now, a dinner was held to benefit children and families in Iraq, along with a special performance by Iraqi oud master Rahim AlHaj.

Birds on a Wire

Birds on a Wire
November 14, 2011
Western Michigan University – Dalton Center Recital Hall

Western Michigan University’s Birds on a Wire premiered a new work commissioned by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music from WMU Music School director David Colson. Also on the program was Avo Part’s Spiegel im Spiegel and solo cello works by Katia Tiutiunnik and Margarita Zelenaia performed by Elizabeth Start.

Rahim AlHaj

Rahim AlHaj
November 15, 2011
First Congregational United Church of Christ

Iraqi oud master Rahim AlHaj performed a solo recital at First Congregational United Church of Christ.

Edith Hines with John Chappell Stowe

Edith Hines with John Chappell Stowe
November 16, 2011
Western Michigan University – Dalton Center Recital Hall

In collaboration with Western Michigan University’s Bullock Performance Institute, Kalamazoo-native Edith Hines (violin) joined John Chappell Stowe (organ/harpsichord) in performing Biber’s Mystery Sonatas, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #5 and more.

Edith Hines with John Chappell Stowe

Edith Hines with John Chappell Stowe and WMU’s Collegium Musicum
November 17, 2011
Western Michigan University – Dalton Center Recital Hall

In collaboration with Western Michigan University, Edith Hines joined John Chappell Stowe and the university’s Collegium Musicum on a program including vocal and choral works, and the premiere of a new work for viol consort by Elizabeth Start.

Michael Chikuzen Gould

Michael "Chikuzen" Gould
November 18, 2011
Western Michigan University – Dalton Center

A sacred flute program was presented by this master shakuhachi performer and teacher based out of Wyoming.

Rohan Krishnamurthy

Rohan Krishnamurthy and Ravikiran
November 18, 2011
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Kalamazoo-native Rohan Krishnamurthy (mridangam South Indian drum) performed with South Indian vina and vocalist Ravikiran.

David LaMotte

David LaMotte with Elden Kelly
November 11, 2011
First Presbyterian Church

Award-winning songwriter and itinerant peace activist David LaMotte (pictured) joined multi-instrumentalist Elden Kelly for an evening performance at First Presbyterian Church.

Richard Webster

Choir Workshop with Richard Webster
November 19, 2011
First United Methodist Church

Co-sponsored by the Southwest Michigan Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, composer Richard Webster held two choir workshops: a morning choral workshop and a second rehearsal/workshop for treble voices from area children’s choirs.

David LaMotte

Briner Lecture: David LaMotte, “Sacred Profanity”
November 19, 2011
First Presbyterian Church

David LaMotte gave the 2011 Briner Lecture, entitled “Sacred Profanity”, examining the current state of the religious and secular music industries, and some of the social, economic and theological implications of our cultural choices regarding how we categorize music.

Sacred Flutes

Sacred Flutes
November 19, 2011
Kalamazoo Public Library

Michael “Chikuzen” Gould (shakuhachi) and Juan Cruz (Native American flute) presented a program in collaboration with the Kalamazoo Public Library.

David LaMotte

Worship & Workshop with David LaMotte
November 20, 2011
First Presbyterian Church

In this workshop, musician and activist David LaMotte gave a sermon raising questions about what it looks like to be faithful in a broken world, questioning some common assumptions about activism and change.

Richard Webster

Hymn Fest with Richard Webster
November 20, 2011
First United Methodist Church

Composer/organist Richard Webster joined a brass ensemble and members of area children’s choirs for a free-will donation event benefitting local charities.

Deanna Witkowski

Deanna Witkowski
November 20, 2011
The Union Cabaret & Grille

Vocalist and pianist Deanna Witkowski performed originals and the music of Mary Lou Williams with her trio at the Union.

Messiah Sing

Messiah Sing
November 27, 2011
First Congregational Church

A community tradition since 1995, the annual Messiah Sing was held in the historic First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Kalamazoo.

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