2018 Schedule & Tickets

The Michigan Festival of Sacred Music is thrilled to announce the return of our concert presentations this fall with a brand-new name – the Connecting Chords Music Festival – from October 5 – November 25.

We're still the same organization, and we believe our new Festival name more fully represents our program offerings and mission – fine artists presenting thought-provoking and spiritual programs!

Timothy R. Botts – “Expressive Calligraphy” Exhibit

Opening night: October 5 at 5:00 PM
On display through November 25

This exhibit features the work of a master calligrapher who designed more than 600 books and bibles in a 40-year career.

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Bahar Ensemble With Orchestra Rouh

Friday, October 5 at 6:00 PM

A collection of musicians will present traditional Middle Eastern music with the group they mentor, Orchestra Rouh.

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Fifth House Ensemble – “Degenerate Art”

Sunday, October 7 at 7:30 PM

The Chicago-based chamber ensemble will delve into music that was censored, banned, and deemed “degenerate” by oppressive regimes in the 20th century.

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Jordan Hamilton – Cello

Saturday, October 13 at 2:00 PM

Whether playing Bach or Chance the Rapper, this innovative musician tries to find new ways for the cello to connect to a modern audience.

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Dio Trio

Saturday, October 13 at 8:00 PM

A trio of Syrian musicians on voice, oud, and percussion offer a varied repertoire, rooted in the rich musical heritage of the Arab Middle East.

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Hindu Music & Dance

Sunday, October 14 at 3:00 PM

Artists drawn from the Midwest will perform a program of Hindu music & dance at the Kalamazoo College Light Fine Arts Building.

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Sunday, October 21 at 3:00 PM

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

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Thursday, October 25 at 7:30 PM

With their traditional costumes and instruments, a concert with Tlen-Huicani is like taking a musical journey through Mexico and South America.

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“Sky Legends of the Three Fires”

Planetarium Show w/Native American Storyteller Larry Plamondon

Friday, November 2 at 5:15 PM

As part of the November Art Hop, three Native American stories about the night sky will be featured at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum Planetarium.

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“Lessons Of Darkness: Armistice Day 1918”

Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 PM

This vocal ensemble commemorates the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day with works of composers affected by the war.

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Arsentiy Kharitonov – Piano

Friday, November 9 at 12:00 PM

A prizewinner of national and international competitions, acclaimed pianist and composer Arsentiy Kharitonov will perform a solo recital.

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“Starry Night”

Friday, November 9 at 7:30 PM

In an exploration of the Night Sky, this vocal ensemble will bring together music and imagery for a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Sacred Waters Kirtan

Saturday, November 10 at 10:30 AM

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

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Simon Shaheen

Sunday, November 11 at 7:00 PM

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

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Frances Kozlowski & Friends

“Songs Of Peace From Around the World”

Saturday, November 17 at 10:30 AM

Peace songs from around the world will be presented by composer/performer Frances Kozlowski and friends.

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Organ With Brass & Voice

Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 PM

Kalamazoo artists with brass and other instruments will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the church’s Létourneau organ and its recent restoration.

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Abraham Jam

Sunday, November 18 at 7:00 PM

Billy Jonas, David LaMotte, and Dawud Wharnsby – three “brothers” from the three Abrahamic faiths – team up to create music strengthened by diversity.

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Messiah Sing

Sunday, November 25 at 4:00 PM

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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