Michigan Festival of Sacred Music presents Paul Winter Consort Nov. 17

For Immediate Release

Michigan Festival of Sacred Music
Contact: Elizabeth Start, MFSM Executive Director

Michigan Festival of Sacred Music embraces the earth with an appearance by Paul Winter Consort, one of the highlights of 10 days of programs celebrating the connections created by sacred music.

KALAMAZOO — Paul Winter Consort has for decades described the music they create as “Earth Music.” This fall Paul Winter brings his celebration of the Earth’s cultures and creatures to Chenery Auditorium.

Paul Winter Consort will appear in concert 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo. Tickets are $25, or $5 for students and those under age 18.

The performance caps 10 days of music and more than 16 events that make up the 2013 lineup for the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music.

“Bringing Paul Winter Consort to Kalamazoo has been a dream of ours for many years,” says Elizabeth Start, Michigan Festival of Sacred Music Executive Director. “Many people experience the sacred in nature. His appearance is particularly appropriate this year, when we are broadening the understanding of our work by asking, ‘What’s sacred to you?’”

Winter is known for music that celebrates the Grand Canyon, the old-growth forest of the nation’s Northwest, the ocean, the moon and the sun. He brings the songs of the spotted owl, the timber wolf and the humpback whale into his works.

Fans may recognize Paul Winter Consort for the many years it has celebrated the Winter Solstice at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in concerts broadcast by National Public Radio. Paul Winter’s soaring soprano sax leads the theatrical event welcoming the return of the sun with dance and music.

The Award-winning saxophonist, bandleader, composer, and explorer of the world’s musical traditions is known for producing music that interweaves widely diverse instruments and elements with the extraordinary voices from what he refers to as “the greater symphony of the Earth.”

His concert tours and recording expeditions have taken him to at least 37 countries and to wilderness areas on six continents, into which he has traveled on rafts, mules, dog sleds, horses, kayaks, sailboats, steamers, tug-boats and Land Rovers. He has performed in more than 2,000 concerts in major concert halls of the Americas, Europe and Asia, in major cathedrals such as Washington’s National Cathedral, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and New York’s Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, and in such places as the White House, the Grand Canyon, the Negev Desert in Israel and the palace of the Crown Prince of Japan.

In recognition of his musical contributions to the environment, Winter has received a Global 500 Award from the United Nations, the Award of Excellence from the United Nations Environment Program, the Joseph Wood Krutch Medal for service to animals from the United States Humane Society, and many other awards.

His appearance is a collaboration with the Kalamazoo Nature Center.

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with contributions from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and General Mills Foundation.

About the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music
A mutual appreciation for the sacred music of one’s own culture and that of others’ can build bridges between cultures and within communities. It can help grow respect and understanding among diverse peoples. That recognition inspired the first Michigan Festival of Sacred Music in 2001. Together, retired Kalamazoo College Professor Dr. Wen Chao Chen, who passed away in 2012, and civic and religious leaders, established the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music.

The Michigan Festival of Music is a nonprofit corporation supported by individual and business donations and numerous grants, including the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Arts Midwest, Burdick-Thorne Foundation, Discover Kalamazoo, Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation, Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation. 

About the Kalamazoo Nature Center
The Kalamazoo Nature Center is a not-for-profit organization located in Kalamazoo, Michigan whose mission is to inspire people to care for the environment by providing experiences that lead them to understand their connection to the natural world. The Kalamazoo Nature Center is recognized by its peers as one of the top nature centers in the country. It includes 1,100 acres of wooded, rolling countryside five miles north of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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