Samuel Nalangira

Sound & Spirit of Kalamazoo
February 3, 2019
First Baptist Church

Our annual “Sound & Spirit” event took place during the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week (February 1-7, 2019). The week hoped spread the message of harmony and tolerance among the followers of the three monotheistic faiths and all the world’s religions.

Performers included Parkwood Upjohn Drum Group (student percussion ensemble); Sid Ellis II (Jembe and African song); Helen L. Fox Gospel Music Center (student ensemble); Karl Schrock (organ); Taiko Drummers with Esther Vandecar and Carolyn Koebel; Samuel Nalangira (Ugandan harp); Bahar Ensemble (Middle-Eastern music).

Amit Peled
May 31, 2019
Temple B’nai Israel

The Michigan Festival of Sacred Music was proud to collaborate with Temple B’nai Israel to present world-renowned cellist Amit Peled in a free program titled “The Journey with my Jewishness”. He described the program as “a short performance/chat with a mix of Jewish music and Bach.”

Angelus

Angelus
June 5, 2019
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

Comprised of seven young women from the Mt. Vernon Senior High School Fine Arts Academy (Mt. Vernon, Indiana), Angelus is dedicated to the performance of sacred music from varied religious traditions and historical periods.

Rahim AlHaj and Sahba Motallebi

Rahim AlHaj + Sahba Motallebi
October 18, 2019
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

The 2019 Connecting Chords Music Festival kicked off with two masters of traditional stringed instruments – Iraqi oud master Rahim AlHaj and Iranian tar virtuosa Sahba Motallebi – who performed together in this extraordinary event at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

Taiko Drumming

Taiko Drumming Master Class
October 19, 2019
Kalamazoo College – Light Fine Arts Building

Ken Koshio, a Phoenix-based drummer, singer and songwriter, taught two master classes on the Japanese art of Taiko drumming. Ken was joined by Carolyn Koebel.

Fujin Raijin: Music of Japan

Fujin Raijin: Music of Japan
October 20, 2019
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

This unique concert featured Japanese music for organ, marimba and Taiko drums. Entitled Fujin Raijin – the Japanese gods of Wind and Thunder, respectively – the program included works from contemporary Japanese composers for solo organ and solo marimba; a piece written for organ and one Taiko drummer rarely played in the United States; and a newly commissioned piece for the entire ensemble.

The ensemble of musicians included organist Rhonda Sider Edgington from Holland, MI; percussionist Carolyn Koebel from Kalamazoo; Taiko drumming artist Ken Koshio from Phoenix; marimba player Judy Moonert from Kalamazoo; and members of Michigan Hiryu Daiko Taiko Drummers.

Leahaliza Lee
October 23, 2019
Congregation of Moses

Leahaliza Lee’s voice brought the audience to the Sephardic world – music that weaves through East and West, with languages and rhythms that rang through homes and celebrations for centuries. Songs in Hebrew, Arabic, and the uniquely Sephardic language of Ladino were all featured.

Ken Koshio

Ken Koshio
October 24, 2019
Parchment Community Library

Taiko drummer, folk singer, and songwriter Ken Koshio performed a wonderful evening program of music for a packed house at the Parchment Community Library.

The Passion of Joan of Arc

The Passion of Joan of Arc
October 26, 2019
Kalamazoo College – Dalton Theater, Light Fine Arts Building

Much like the movie experience of the 1920’s, this viewing of the classic 1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc was accompanied by live music. Composer George Sarah performed his original score with area musicians, including singers from Early Music Michigan.

Letourneau Organ

Pas De Deux: Keys & Chords
October 27, 2019
First Baptist Church

A wonderful program of French and German music was performed by organist Eric Strand (filling in for visiting artist David Lauer, who’s travel plans were disrupted by the rail strike in France); special guest soprano Susan B. Anthony; and cellist MFSM Executive Director Elizabeth Start.

Community Zkir

Community Zikr
October 29, 2019
Unity of Kalamazoo

A zikr is a devotional act in which short phrases or prayers are repeatedly recited silently within the mind or aloud. This experience was led by Muhammad Ichlas, a Murshid (teacher and spiritual guide) of the Lansing area North American Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Community. Muhammad was joined on percussion by Carolyn Koebel.

Family Drumming Circle

Family Drumming Circle
November 2, 2019
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Music therapists Carolyn Koebel, Caitlyn Bodine and Music Together rock-star Melissa Ludwa held an energetic, family-friendly community drumming event.

Rohan Krishnamurthy & Raaginder

Rohan Krishnamurthy & Raaginder
November 3, 2019
Kalamazoo College – Dalton Theater, Light Fine Arts Building

Two world-renowned artists – an Indian percussionist with a violinist – blended the ancient North and South Indian classical traditions with sacred Hindu and Sikh chanting to deliver a captivating experience.

Tibetan Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery

Tibetan Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery
November 6 – November 10, 2019
Kalamazoo Valley Museum

The monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery constructed a mandala sand painting at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum from Wednesday, November 6 through Sunday, November 10.

Family Drum & Dance

Family Drum & Dance Night
November 7, 2019
Parchment Community Library

Ugandan drummer/dancer Samuel Nalangira and percussionist Carolyn Koebel held an evening of high-energy drum and dance at the Parchment Community Library.

Tibetan Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery

Tibetan Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery
November 8, 2019
Comstock Auditorium

In addition to their mandala sand painting throughout the week, the monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery performed a program of music and dance at Comstock Auditorium as part of their Mystical Arts of Tibet tour.

Samite

Samite
November 9, 2019
Kalamazoo Public Library (Downtown)

The world-renowned Ugandan musician and music therapist performed a free show at the downtown branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library.

Judy Huxmann

Sound Immersion Meditation
November 16, 2019
Kalamazoo Nature Center

Tibetan bowls, crystal bowls, tuning forks and other sound instruments were used by Kalamazoo-based sound therapist Judy Huxmann to help a large group hosted by the Kalamazoo Nature Center relax and meditate.

Schola Antiqua

Schola Antiqua
November 17, 2019
First Congregational United Church of Christ

Schola Antiqua – an Early music vocal ensemble dedicated to music written before the year 1600 – performed Jerusalem 1000-1400, a program originally commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This event was sponsored in part by the Medieval Institute of Western Michigan University.

This engagement was supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Crane Group.

Messiah Sing

Messiah Sing
December 1, 2019
First Congregational United Church of Christ

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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