Sound and Spirit of Kalamazoo

Sound & Spirit of Kalamazoo
October 22, 2017
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

Our annual program featured a sampling of musicians from across the area, representing diverse faiths – traditional music ensemble Hazeltree (Ginny Shilliday, Vivian Abramowitz, and Jackie Zito, pictured); pianist Hannah Kim; organist Brendan W. Carter; Orchestra Rouh, an after-school and summer music program open to international students ages 7-17 in Kalamazoo; Bahar Ensemble, a collection of musicians from Kurdistan, Saudi Arabia, and America playing traditional Middle Eastern music; and Pavitra, Samadhi, and Poojani Attanayake, Portage Public School students and dance students of Susan Iervolina.

The musical performances were partnered with Scribes of Hope II, a traveling exhibit commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation featuring works by contemporary calligraphers, curated by Timothy Botts.

Kevin Vaughn

Kevin Vaughn and Early Music Michigan
November 3, 2017
St. Augustine Cathedral

Kevin J. Vaughn is director of music and organist at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in South Bend, Indiana, and instructor of organ and harpsichord at Goshen College. Featured on the program was the Messe de la Toussaint by French organist/composer Gaston Litaize.

The Gregorian chant propers for All Saints’ Day were also sung by a vocal ensemble from Early Music Michigan (Eric Strand, Director).

Vaughn also offered a master class at First Congregational Church, sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.

Andrea Ramsey

Andrea Ramsey and Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus
November 5, 2017
First Presbyterian Church

Composer, conductor, scholar, and music educator Dr. Andrea Ramsey joined the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus (Fred Sang, Director) in a performance featuring the premiere of Ramsey’s “And Joy is Everywhere” – a setting of a text by Rabindranath Tagore – commissioned by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music. The musicians were accompanied by Patrica Hughey.

Neshama Carlebach

Neshama Carlebach with the GospelFest choir
November 12, 2017
Chenery Auditorium

Grammy-nominated Neshama Carlebach, a leading superstar in Jewish entertainment, was joined by Kalamazoo’s own NAEA (Northside Association for Educational Advancement) GospelFest Choir for a concert at Chenery Auditorium.

The Rose Ensemble

The Rose Ensemble with Piffaro the Renaissance Band
November 15, 2017
Chenery Auditorium

By popular demand, the Rose Ensemble returned to the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music in 2017, in collaboration with Kalamazoo’s own Bach Fest. The St. Paul, Minnesota-based vocal ensemble was joined by Piffaro the Renaissance Band (late Medieval and Renaissance music) and singers from the Bach Festival Chorus.

The concert celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation; on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his “95 Theses” onto the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany and altered not only the world’s theological landscape, but also the entire European musical perspective.

This engagement 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 and the Crane Group.

Dawud Wharnsby

Dawud Wharnsby with The Red Sea Pedestrians
November 16, 2017
Kalamazoo College – Dalton Theater, Light Fine Arts Building

A third-generation Canadian with Scottish and British roots, Wharnsby’s unique lyrical style, warm voice and knack for penning catchy melodies yield a rich reception from his listeners. Wharnsby was joined by the Red Sea Pedestrians, a melting pot of six distinct singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalists well-known throughout Michigan and the Midwest for their ambitious live shows.

Messiah Sing

Messiah Sing
November 26, 2017
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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