Don’t miss the Sound and Spirit of Southwest Michigan

Date(s) - Wednesday, November 02, 2016
7:00 pm

First Baptist Church

hazeltreeSound & Spirit of Southwest Michigan

area artists present music from diverse faiths and genres

The 2016 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music concludes with a return of the popular Sound and Spirit of Southwest Michigan —area musicians from across the community will present diverse sacred music.

Hazeltree (Ginny Shilliday, Vivian Abramowitz, and Jackie Zito) is a professional acoustic traditional music ensemble of close girly harmonies, guitar, mountain dulcimer, mandolins, and drum, performing traditional songs and tunes from the British Isles, Ireland, and America. They perform regionally at concerts, festivals, house concerts, and private parties.

Capoeira Mandinga is a combination of acrobatics, flexibility, music, dance and spirituality. Capoeira Is a unique martial art about Brazilian culture with an international community for everyone to join! Participants: Thomas “Santo” Braganca, Kayla “Picapau” Williams, Rickey “Maluco” Cornelius, Joseph “Cachorro” Bielecki, Kevin “Morcego” Sanchez, Joselynn “Tinta” Borres, Chanise “Sossegada” Love.

2016-leahaliza-lee-headshotThrough Judeo-Spanish traditional song, Leahaliza Lee brings alive moments from the lives of women silenced in the nearly forgotten history of Spain’s once-vibrant and long-gone Jewish communities. Leahaliza most often performs intimate house concerts, has appeared at Symphony Space in New York, and will perform at Carnegie Hall in December. She is also a lay leader at Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills, MI. She is accompanied by Stefan Kukurugya.

Jean Watson

Jean Watson

Jean Watson is an internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, violinist, and speaker from Kalamazoo, Michigan. She holds degrees in violin performance from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Miami University of Ohio. Having an appreciation for many styles of music, Jean began singing and recording contemporary Christian music in 2003. Since that time, she has recorded 8 CDs, and her music has been featured on TBN and “The 700 Club” on CBN. A gifted speaker, she also hosts a daily radio show on United Christian Broadcasting Ireland Radio.

Greg Secor is on the faculty of Grand Valley State University where he directs the percussion program and teaches courses in music literature. He is a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and frequently performs with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. 

Secor and Judy Moonert of the Coalescence Percussion Duo released their CD Alternations in 2016, with commissioned works by C. Curtis-Smith, Bill Ryan, Michael Daugherty, Christopher Deane and Joel Harrison. Secor is also a member of the award-winning Opus 21: Music with Boundaries Ensemble, and performed and recorded with the GVSU New Music Ensemble on their acclaimed Reich: Music for 18 Musicians and Riley: In C Remixed recordings on Innova.

Second Baptist Church was organized in 1854 and was originally named the African Baptist Church. The growing congregation moved to its present location at Rose and Ransom in 1960, building additional space when needed in 1985. It is presently led by Pastor Strick Strickland, and the choir is led by Mark Hill.

First Baptist, 7 p.m. Nov. 2. Free 


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