Samuel Nalangira

Sound & Spirit of Kalamazoo

Sunday, February 3
First Baptist Church

Our annual “Sound & Spirit” event took place during the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week (February 1-7, 2019). The week hoped spread the message of harmony and tolerance among the followers of the three monotheistic faiths and all the world’s religions. Performers included Parkwood Upjohn Drum Group (student percussion ensemble); Sid Ellis II (Jembe […]

Amit Peled

Friday, May 31
Temple B’nai Israel

The Michigan Festival of Sacred Music was proud to collaborate with Temple B’nai Israel to present world-renowned cellist Amit Peled in a free program titled “The Journey with my Jewishness”. He described the program as “a short performance/chat with a mix of Jewish music and Bach.”

Angelus

Angelus

Wednesday, June 5
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

Comprised of seven young women from the Mt. Vernon Senior High School Fine Arts Academy (Mt. Vernon, Indiana), Angelus is dedicated to the performance of sacred music from varied religious traditions and historical periods.

Rahim AlHaj and Sahba Motallebi

Rahim AlHaj + Sahba Motallebi

Friday, October 18
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Iraqi oud master Rahim AlHaj and Iranian tar virtuosa Sahba Motallebi will perform together in this extraordinary event.

Taiko Drumming

Taiko Drumming Master Class

Saturday, October 19
Kalamazoo College – Light Fine Arts Building

Ken Koshio, a Phoenix-based drummer, singer and songwriter, taught two master classes on the Japanese art of Taiko drumming. Ken was joined by Carolyn Koebel.

Fujin Raijin: Music of Japan

Fujin Raijin: Music of Japan

Sunday, October 20
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

This unique concert will feature Japanese music for organ, marimba and Taiko drums, presented by West Michigan-area musicians and visiting performers.

Leahaliza Lee

Wednesday, October 23
Congregation of Moses

Leahaliza’s voice will bring the audience to the Sephardic world – music that weaves through East and West, with languages and rhythms used for centuries.

Ken Koshio

Ken Koshio

Thursday, October 24
Parchment Community Library

Taiko drummer, folk singer, and songwriter Ken Koshio performed a wonderful evening program of music for a packed house at the Parchment Community Library.

The Passion of Joan of Arc

The Passion of Joan of Arc

Saturday, October 26
Kalamazoo College – Dalton Theater, Light Fine Arts Building

The classic silent film will be accompanied by a live score, performed by composer George Sarah and area musicians, including singers from Early Music Michigan.

Letourneau Organ

Pas De Deux: Keys & Chords

Sunday, October 27
First Baptist Church

A wonderful program of French and German music was performed by organist Eric Strand (filling in for visiting artist David Lauer, who’s travel plans were disrupted by the rail strike in France); special guest soprano Susan B. Anthony; and cellist MFSM Executive Director Elizabeth Start.

Community Zkir

Community Zikr

Tuesday, October 29
Unity of Kalamazoo

A zikr is a devotional act in which short phrases or prayers are repeatedly recited silently within the mind or aloud. This experience was led by Muhammad Ichlas, a Murshid (teacher and spiritual guide) of the Lansing area North American Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Community. Muhammad was joined on percussion by Carolyn Koebel.

Family Drumming Circle

Family Drumming Circle

Saturday, November 2
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Music therapists Carolyn Koebel, Caitlyn Bodine and Music Together rock-star Melissa Ludwa held an energetic, family-friendly community drumming event.

Rohan Krishnamurthy & Raaginder

Rohan Krishnamurthy & Raaginder

Sunday, November 3
Kalamazoo College – Dalton Theater, Light Fine Arts Building

Two world-renowned artists blend the ancient North and South Indian classical traditions with sacred Hindu and Sikh chanting.

Tibetan Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery

Tibetan Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery

November 6 – November 10, 2019
Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a mandala sand painting at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum from November 6–10, 2019.

Family Drum & Dance

Family Drum & Dance Night

Thursday, November 7
Parchment Community Library

Ugandan drummer/dancer Samuel Nalangira and percussionist Carolyn Koebel held an evening of high-energy drum and dance at the Parchment Community Library.

Tibetan Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery

Tibetan Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery

Friday, November 8
Comstock Auditorium

Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will perform a concert of song and dance as part of their international tour of The Mystical Arts of Tibet.

Samite

Samite

Saturday, November 9
Kalamazoo Public Library (Downtown)

Smooth vocals accompanied by the kalimba, marimba, litungu, and various flutes mesmerize audiences worldwide.

Judy Huxmann

Sound Immersion Meditation

Saturday, November 16
Kalamazoo Nature Center

Tibetan bowls, crystal bowls, tuning forks and other sound instruments were used by Kalamazoo-based sound therapist Judy Huxmann to help a large group hosted by the Kalamazoo Nature Center relax and meditate.

Schola Antiqua

Schola Antiqua

Sunday, November 17
First Congregational United Church of Christ

Schola Antiqua is an Early music vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of music written before the year 1600.

Messiah Sing

Messiah Sing

Sunday, December 1
First Congregational United Church of Christ

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

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