2015 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music
Date(s) - Thursday, November 05, 2015 - Sunday, November 15, 2015
Here is the lineup for 2015* (See the entire program book here.)
Sound & Spirit of Kalamazoo (7 p.m., Nov. 5, First Baptist Church), featuring area musicians representing diverse faiths.
Tapestry (8 p.m., Nov. 6, Holy Family Chapel, Nazareth Center) returns with a new look at the Song of Solomon, from various styles, time-periods, and faiths. In addition to their signature vocal and string sounds (Cristi Catt, soprano; Laurie Monahan, mezzo-soprano; Daniela Tošić, mezzo-soprano with Shira Kammen, vielle and medieval harp) they add Mehmet Ali Sanlikol on duduk, oud, ney, and vocals. They will include a public school visit during their stay. www.singers.com/group/Tapestry
Sacred Harp Singing workshop (11 a.m., Nov. 7, Holy Family Chapel) Living musical history.
HuDost (2 p.m., Nov. 7, Kalamazoo Public Library) The Neo Folk World Rock Ensemble from Montreal and Nashville, weaves a seamless tapestry of sound that blends pop and rock with traditional Sufi music, Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian and Balkan folk music, Farsi, Turkish, Arabic, and folk. http://hudost.com
Trio Speranza (8 p.m., Nov. 7, First Congregational Church). A young, up-and-coming Early Music group presented in collaboration with Early Music Michigan. www.facebook.com/triosperanza
Rohan Krishnamurthy and Tisra (Nov. 8, 3 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church): This mridangam (South Indian drum) virtuoso, musical innovator and Kalamazoo native returns from San Francisco with a new version of his presentation of Indian music and dance. His programs are always a treat for the eyes and ears. www.rohanrhythm.com
Ahmed Anzaldua (7 p.m., Nov. 8, First Baptist Church): Presents Federico Mompou’s Musica Callada cycle, piano pieces based on the poetry of St. John of the Cross.
Hildegard Then and Now (7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, Holy Family Chapel) Hear Hildegard von Bingen’s influence through the ages, as her music, as she would have heard it, is presented by Diane Penning and Barbara Witham McCargar of the Hildegard Singers (replacing the originally scheduled Linn Maxwell Keller’s “Hildegard and the Living Light”), followed by modern works inspired by Hildegard’s music. The program of new music, originally was presented May 16, 2015 in collaboration with the 50th Medieval Congress and International Society of Hildegard von Bingen Studies.
Alhaji Papa Susso ( 7 p.m., Nov. 10, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership): hear the amazing sound of the African kora from this Master kora (African harp-lute) player and oral historian from The Gambia, West Africa. His ensemble of music and dance comes to us from New York. http://tcd.freehosting.net/papasusso.htm
Southern Straight (7:30 p.m., Nov. 11, First Presbyterian Church): Regional Native American group. Observe Veterans Day with this Southwestern Michigan Native American group, whose presentations always include a moving tribute to veterans.
Simon Shaheen (7:30 p.m, Nov. 12, St. Thomas More): His soaring technique, melodic ingenuity, and unparalleled grace earn him international acclaim as a virtuoso on the ‘oud and violin. www.simonshaheen.com
Rachel Barton Pine (8 p.m. Nov. 13, Portage Chapel Hill United Methodist Church) She will perform a solo multi-faith recital that will include the premiere of a new work by Yale Strom. www.rachelbartonpine.com
Sacred Waters Kirtan (Saturday, Nov 14, 10:30 am) joined by percussionist Carolyn Koebel at Unity of Kalamazoo.
Bell Book & Canto and Joe Reilly to perform at 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Splitting the program, Bell Book & Canto will present Sacred Pagan Music and Joe Reilly will present spiritual and environmentally conscious music.
Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi with special guest Rachel Barton Pine (8 p.m. Nov. 14 Congregation of Moses). Popular klezmer artist returns with his band. In addition to performing, he will also be present for the premiere of a new piece he has written for Rachel Barton Pine, and his photo exhibit on views of Jewish life in eastern Europe, will be at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum from Oct. 10 through Nov. 15. www.yalestrom.com
Rachel Barton Pine (4 p.m. Nov. 15, Chenery Auditorium) She performs the monumental Brahms violin concerto with the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony.
Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra (8 p.m., Nov. 15, Ladies Library Association): A plucked string ensemble of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, guitars, and bass. It was founded in 2003 to revive the mandolin orchestra tradition in Kalamazoo. The orchestra enjoys performing a wide variety of music including classical, ethnic, and “golden era” mandolin orchestra music.
*Subject to change.