Brandon Ridenour

Brandon Ridenour and Useful Chamber
March 15, 2015
First Baptist Church

The Michigan Festival of Sacred Music’s 2015 Commissioned Composer Brandon Ridenour performed a wide range of music with his New York City-based group Useful Chamber.

Susan B. Anthony

MFSM Annual Dinner with Susan B. Anthony
September 15, 2015
First Baptist Church

Opera luminary and local favorite Susan B. Anthony joined the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music for a special evening of food and entertainment.

Katelin Spencer

Sound & Spirit of Kalamazoo
November 5, 2015
First Baptist Church

Our annual program featured a sampling of musicians from across the area, representing diverse faiths – Katelin Spencer (soprano, pictured); Clarence W. Small (violin); a performance of the Bharata Natyam (classical Indian dance) by Pavitra Attanayake; Famoro Dioubate (bala – early African xylophone); John C. Griffin (piano); Jordan Hamilton (cello); Monica Washington Padula (piano, organ); Beth Patterson (Christan folk singer) joined by Cara Lieurance and Carolyn Koebel; and Karl Schrock (organ).

Tapestry

Tapestry: Song of Songs
November 6, 2015
Holy Family Chapel, Nazareth Center

The critically-acclaimed vocal chamber ensemble returned to Kalamazoo for our 2015 Festival, presenting its artistic interpretation of Song of Songs, a program of Song of Solomon texts that brings together Jewish and Christian traditions.

Trio Speranza

Trio Speranza
November 7, 2015
First Congregational United Church of Christ

Trio Speranza – violinist Anna Griffis, cellist Cora Swenson Lee, and harpsichordist Jason Moy – presented an engaging and thought-provoking performance of both familiar and lesser-known repertoire from the Baroque era.

HuDost

HuDost
November 7, 2015
Kalamazoo Public Library

Self-described as “the Neo-Folk World-Rock Ensemble from Montreal and Kentucky”, the music of HuDost crosses all borders and barriers.

Rohan Krishnamurthy

Rohan Krishnamurthy with Tisra
November 8, 2015
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Kalamazoo-native Rohan Krishnamurthy (mridangam South Indian drum) performed with Tisra – violinist Arun Ramamurthy and dancer Malini Srinivasan – for a program of South Indian Music and Dance.

Ahmed Anzaldua

Ahmed Anzaldua
November 8, 2015
First Baptist Church

A Mexican classical pianist, teacher, and conductor of Egyptian descent, Ahmed Anzaldua performed a solo piano recital at First Baptist Church.

Hildegard

Hildegard Then and Now
November 9, 2015
Holy Family Chapel, Nazareth Center

Diane Penning and Barbara Witham McCargar of the Hildegard Singers performed a program of Hildegard von Bingen works and modern music inspired by the 11th century composer and philosopher. They were joined by Lawrence Axelrod (piano), Patricia Morehead (oboe), and Elizabeth Start (cello).

The program was originally presented in 2015 in collaboration with the 50th Medieval Congress and International Society of Hildegard von Bingen Studies.

Alhaji Papa Susso

Alhaji Papa Susso
November 10, 2015
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

The master kora player, oral historian, and goodwill ambassador from The Gambia, West Africa, presented the amazing sound of the African harp-lute at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. He also presented a free workshop at the Kalamazoo College Light Fine Arts Building the morning before the performance.

Simon Shaheen

Simon Shaheen
November 12, 2015
St. Thomas More

One of the most significant Arab musicians of his generation, Shaheen has earned international acclaim as a virtuoso on the oud and violin.

Rachel Barton Pine

Rachel Barton Pine
November 13, 2015
Chapel Hill United Methodist Church

Internationally acclaimed violinist Rachel Baron Pine made three appearances at the 2015 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music. The first was a concert at the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Portage, performing a multi-faith and multicultural concert, including the premiere of a new work by Yale Strom.

Ms. Pine’s appearance at the 2015 Festival was supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation.

Sacred Waters Kirtan

Sacred Waters Kirtan
November 14, 2015
Unity of Kalamazoo

Singing in ancient languages of world religions, the Kirtan invited the audience into devotional chanting across interfaith paths to unity.

Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi

Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi with Rachel Barton Pine
November 14, 2015
Congregation of Moses

Yale Strom was joined by his band Hot Pstromi and special guest Rachel Barton Pine in a concert at Congregation of Moses.

Rachel Barton Pine

Rachel Barton Pine with the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony
November 15, 2015
Chenery Auditorium

The award-winning violinist and mentor to young musicians performed the monumental Brahms concerto with the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra, concluding her 2015 Festival appearance.

Messiah Sing

Messiah Sing
November 29, 2015
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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