2016 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music
Date(s) - Saturday, October 29, 2016 - Wednesday, November 02, 2016
The 2016 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music is Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 at Kalamazoo-area venues.
A complete 2016 festival lineup follows:
Earth Spirit Duo — Desert Dreams accompanied by Earth Spirit duo Gary Stroutsos on Native American flutes and percussionist Carolyn Koebel. Music with projected images create an immersive experience. 11 a.m., Oct. 29, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Free
Friends of the Gamelan —The rich and diverse repertoire of the Friends of the Gamelan spans everything from centuries-old, traditional Javanese compositions to contemporary works, some of them written by its members. Co-sponsored by Kalamazoo Public Library. 2 p.m. Oct. 29, at the Kalamazoo Public Library, Free
The Rose Ensemble —The Multiple award-winning Rose Ensemble performs Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians and Muslims. This program explores the Abrahamic faith connections. The program is the result of years of intensive research and training, which results in a work that is at once sacred, secular, folk, and classical. The program features instruments and musical ideas that blur the lines between Arabic and European, and achieves a perfect balance of edgy improvisation, exotic vocal styles, and ancient traditions. 2 p.m., Oct. 30, Dalton Center, Western Michigan University. $25/$20/$5
Nefesh Mountain — There will be two opportunities to see husband and wife team Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff, both at Congregation of Moses. Nefesh Mountain pioneers a blend of Jewish Americana through their passion for both Jewish and Bluegrass traditions, singing English and Hebrew songs alike. 11 a.m., Oct. 30, Congregation of Moses, family program. Free. 7 p.m., Oct. 30, In concert with full band. $15/$5
Jonathan Ryan — There will be three opportunities to see multi-prize winning organist Jonathan Ryan all at First Baptist Church. Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike for his strong communicative skills in numerous styles, depth of musicianship, and passion, Jonathan Ryan is hailed as one of the premiere young concert organists of our time. His command of an exceptionally large breadth of repertoire, spanning from the Renaissance to numerous solo and collaborative premieres, coupled with striking virtuosity enables the bold, imaginative programming and exceptional use of each organ’s unique capability for which he is noted. Mr. Ryan has the rare distinction of holding six First Prize awards from major international and national organ competitions. His first appearance will be a family friendly event introducing the organ at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 in a concert with a holiday twist at First Baptist Church. Families are encouraged to come in costume. Admission is free. Mr. Ryan’s 8 p.m. concert at First Baptist will showcase the amazing Letourneau organ and include repertoire for All Saints Day. $15 general admission, $5 students He wraps up his festival appearances with a Master Class Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Oct. 31, 5-6 p.m. “Trunk or Treat” in First Congregational Church parking lot: treats for trick-or- treaters from festively decorated cars.
Oct. 31, 6 p.m. Come-in-costume, short family program of organ music. Free
Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Organ concert. $15/$5
Nov. 1, 10 a.m. Masterclass. Free
DIO — A trio of Syrian musicians on voice, oud, and percussion offer a varied repertoire, rooted in the richly diverse musical heritage of the Arab Middle East. This comprises the most renowned historical and contemporary composers, as well as original compositions by the trio’s members. Their music is steeped in cultural heritage, modern and sleek in presentation, yet also nuanced, soulful, and authentic. Heritage Hall, Western Michigan University; Nov. 1, 7 p.m.; $15/$5
Sound & Spirit of Southwest Michigan — Area artists present music from diverse faiths and genres. First Baptist, 7 p.m. Nov. 2. Free
Messiah Sing — First Congregational Church. 4 p.m. Nov. 27, Free