Tattered and Worn

Tattered and Worn: An Eccentric Look at the Good Book
March 14, 2009
First United Methodist Church

Finding the humor and humanity in biblical stories, Ted Swartz and Jeff Raught weaved monologue, songs, and sketches into an entertaining look at the way God interacts with God’s people, from Genesis to Revelation.

Fifty people from Ministry with Community attended this event free of charge.

Lamont McCoy

Gospel Concert by LaMont McCoy and Kevin P. Myles
November 1, 2009
Galilee Baptist Church

A benefit concert for area shelters and food banks featured Lamont McCoy, Detroit-area gospel singer Kevin P. Myles, and Kalamazoo gospel singers, kicking off the 2009 Festival.

Techung

Techung
November 12, 2009
First United Methodist Church

A Tibetan folk and freedom singer/songwriter presented a contemporary performance of original and traditional music.

Sweet Honey in the Rock

Sweet Honey in the Rock
November 13, 2009
Miller Auditorium

Grammy® award-winning Sweet Honey in the Rock is an a capella sextet of African-American women who bring the message of the southern black church, the civil rights movement and the conscience of justice through musical expression. The NAEA GospelFest Choir opened the show.

Rohan Krishnamurthy

Rohan Krishnamurthy and Prasant Radhakrishnan
November 14, 2009
Kalamazoo College – Dalton Theater, Light Fine Arts Building

Rohan Krishnamurthy (mridangam drum) performed South Indian Carnatic music with saxophonist Prasant Radhakrishnan at Kalamazoo College.

Golosa

Golosá
November 14, 2009
First Congregational United Church of Christ

Presented in collaboration with the Kalamazoo Russian Festival, Chicago-based Golosá performed sacred and secular Russian folk songs in a mixed-voice a capella ensemble.

CUBE

CUBE: Sounding the Sacred
November 15, 2009
First Baptist Church

Chicago’s CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble explored music from around the world and performed new works by esteemed Illinois artists and composers. The concert included the premiere of a new work by Kalamazoo composer Elizabeth Start.

Bob Rowe

Bob Rowe & Company
November 15, 2009
St. Catherine of Siena Parish

Singer/songwriter Bob Rowe presented a program of original, traditional, and contemporary sacred and liturgical music from his recordings. He was accompanied by Rendal Wall.

David Briggs

David Briggs Clinic with the Grand Rapids American Guild of Organists
November 16, 2009
First (Park) Congregational Church, Grand Rapids

David Briggs has built a reputation as an exciting performer and communicator, with particular emphases on orchestral transcriptions and the art of improvisation.

True to his reputation, David was involved with eight events at the 2009 Festival of Sacred Music. His first event was a clinic with the Grand Rapids American Guild of Organists.

The Afro-Semitic Experience

The Afro-Semitic Experience
November 16, 2009
First Baptist Church

The Afro-Semitic Experience is a cross-cultural band delivering a positive and meaningful musical message in jazz about Black-Jewish relations. The concert featured a premiere of a new work commissioned by Chamber Music America.

David Briggs

David Briggs with Area High School Honor Choirs
November 17, 2009
First Baptist Church

As part of his 2009 Festival schedule, a free concert featuring David Briggs and singers from area high school honor choirs was held at First Baptist Church.

Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
November 18, 2009
First United Methodist Church

The classic 1925 was screened at First United Methodist Church with organ improvisation by David Briggs.

Live from Jacob’s Ladder

Live from Jacob’s Ladder
November 19, 2009
Galilee Baptist Church

The concert version of Live from Jacob’s Ladder – a music theater comedy drama about the power of forgiveness – is based on the Genesis account of twins Jacob and Esau, and their paths of deception, estrangement, and reconciliation. The performance starred Ted Swartz and Ken Medema.

Yale Strom

Yale Strom Lecture
November 20, 2009
The Park Club

Yale Strom presented a lunchtime lecture at The Park Club on the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s “Sacred Seasons” program held later that evening.

Eldridge Street Synagogue

A Great Day on Eldridge Street
November 20, 2009
Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Yale Strom’s documentary film was a musical and photographic celebration of the opening of the Eldridge Street Museum and the re-opening of the Eldridge Street Synagogue on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 2007. More than 100 Klezmer musicians participated in the celebration.

Raymond Harvey, KSO

Sacred Seasons with Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
November 20, 2009
Miller Auditorium

This Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra program – sponsored in part by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music – included Four Seasons by Vivaldi, and works by Bloch and Prokofiev on Jewish themes.

David Briggs

Briner Lecture: David Briggs
November 21, 2009
First Presbyterian Church

David Briggs gave the 2009 Briner Lecture on transcription and improvisation, supplementing his talk with select pieces on organ.

David Briggs

David Briggs Organ Master Class
November 21, 2009
First United Methodist Church

Continuing his 2009 Festival schedule, David Briggs conducted a Master Class with the Southwest Michigan Chapter of the American Guild of Organists at First United Methodist Church.

Southern Straight Singers

Southern Straight Singers
November 21, 2009
Kalamazoo Public Library

Sponsored in part by the Kalamazoo Public Library, the Southern Straight Singers presented Native American Pow Wow music and dance representing sacred and social traditions of the Three Fires Tribes, known as the Bode’wadmi, Ojibwe & Odawa (Potawatomi, Ottawa and Chippewa).

David Briggs

David Briggs Organ Master Class with Choir
November 21, 2009
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

David Briggs conducted a Master Class with a community choir prior to their performance at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church later in the evening.

David Briggs

Evensong with Community Choir and Organist David Briggs
November 21, 2009
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

David Briggs and a community choir provided the music for an evening service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi

Klezmer Concert: Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi
November 21, 2009
Congregation of Moses

Yale Strom was joined by his band Hot Pstromi in a Klezmer concert at Congregation of Moses.

This performance was sponsored by Arts Midwest.

Common Chords

Common Chords Workshop with The Muslim Youth Choir
November 22, 2009
Congregation of Moses

Common Chords was created by Queens College’s “Bridging the Divide” program, which fosters dialogue and cooperation between Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Christians. Common Chords promotes global peace and interethnic understanding the best way we know how: through music and activism.

Prior to the performance later in the evening, the musicians from Common Chords held a workshop with Kalamazoo’s Muslim Youth Choir.

David Briggs

David Briggs Organ Recital
November 22, 2009
First Baptist Church

Concluding his 2009 Festival schedule, David Briggs was joined by soprano Susan B. Anthony and trumpeter Scott Thornburg in premiering his new work for organ, trumpet, and soprano, commissioned by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music. Text written by Kalamazoo poet Conrad Hilberry.

This performance was sponsored by Arts Midwest.

Common Chords

Common Chords: Celebrating the Common Roots of Muslim and Jewish Music
November 22, 2009
First Presbyterian Church

Featuring renowned Pakistani musician Salman Ahmad, virtuoso tabla player Samir Chatterjee, Yale Strom, and members of his band Hot Pstromi, this concert celebrated the common roots of Muslim and Jewish music.

This performance was sponsored by Arts Midwest.

Messiah Sing

Messiah Sing
November 29, 2009
First Congregational Church

A community tradition since 1995, the annual Messiah Sing was held in the historic First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Kalamazoo.

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