Festival Preview: Sound and Spirit of Kalamazoo

Date(s) - Sunday, October 22, 2017
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

Scribes of Hope

Sound & Spirit of Southwest Michiganarea artists present music from diverse faiths and genres; reception follows.

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. For booking, call 740-727-1663.

Hannah Kim, performing Piano Sanjo (2016) by Semi Choi. Hannah Kim recently graduated from Kalamazoo

Hannah Kim

College with a biology major and music minor. Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, piano has been a huge part of her life since she was six years old. After Kalamazoo College, she is especially interested in working with children, while continuing her passion for music.

Brendan W. Carter is an 18-year-old organist, pianist, and saxophonist from Mattawan. Brendan graduated from Mattawan High School in May of 2017. He is also known for composing, arranging, and conducting. Brendan is currently an intern at Mattawan High School as a piano accompanist with the choir program. He will perform on organ: O Gott, du Frommer Gott (O God, Thou Faithful God) Partita IV, BWV 767,  J.S. Bach; Short Prelude and Fugue in F Major, BWV 556,  J.S. Bach; and Amazing Grace, choral arrangement by Greg Jasperse.

Orchestra Rouh

Orchestra Rouh is an after-school and summer music program open to international students ages 7-17 in Kalamazoo. Rouh means “spirit” in Arabic: the program uses the power of music to nurture hope and spirit, and foster friendship among international and American children and families, including children of refugees. Led by multi-lingual instructors Ahmed Tofiq and Bashdar Sdiq, members can study violin or cello and learn music from Western and world traditions. Orchestra Rouh is offered under the umbrella of Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s Education Programs, in partnership with Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo.

Bahar Ensemble is a collection of musicians from Kurdistan, Saudi Arabia  and America playing traditional Middle Eastern music around the Kalamazoo area. Its primary focus is intercultural education through the medium of music. Members include Ahmad Tofiq (Violin), Bashdar Ahmed (Cello) Faras Alshobaini (Oud), Nicholas Baxter (Percussion), Dede Alder (Percussion).

Pavitra (17), Samadhi (12) and Poojani Attanayake (8), Portage Public School students and dance students of Susan Iervolina perform Ganesh Vandana dance tribute praising the Lord Ganesh

Susan Iervolina has taught Bharata Natyam in the Kalamazoo area for 35 years. She studied Bharata Natyam at the Kalakshetra Institute in Chennai (Madras), India, and danced professionally in India. She now imparts the rich and vibrant dance history of India to her students. Students Pavrita (age 17), Samadhi (age 12), and Poojani Attanayake (age 8) will perform two dances: Ganesh Vandana and Alarippu.

Scribes of Hope II — In Commemoration and Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is hosting this traveling exhibit, made available through Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA). Scribes of Hope II presents 31 works by contemporary calligraphers, curated by Timothy Botts. Remaining Exhibit hours

are: 1-4 p.m., Sun., Oct. 22; 1-3 p.m., by appt., Tues., Oct. 24 (call 269-343- 3453); 5-7 p.m., Fri., Oct. 27; Exhibit Closing, Noon-2 p.m. Sun., Oct. 29.


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