Michigan Festival of Sacred Music announces lineup!

Michigan Festival of Sacred Music

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Michigan Festival of Sacred Music announces lineup for 2017

This year, MFSM pairs Grammy nominated Jewish entertainment superstar Neshama Carlebach with the NAEA GospelFest Choir, and the internationally acclaimed Dawud Wharnsby with Kalamazoo’s Red Sea Pedestrians for a one-of-a-kind festival. Plus, the audience favorite of 2016, the Rose Ensemble, is back with a whole new program.

KALAMAZOO — In a series of both ticketed and free events from Oct. 22 through Nov. 26, the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music offers an opportunity for concert-goers to experience Jewish and gospel music in one concert and, by popular demand, the return of the Rose Ensemble with a program commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

This year, along with national and international stars, Michigan Festival of Sacred Music highlights local talent as well. The NAEA (Northside Association for Educational Advancement) GospelFest Choir, Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus, the Red Sea Pedestrians, and an ensemble from Early Music Michigan will bring a decidedly local flavor to the annual festival known for bringing some of the world’s best performers of sacred music to Kalamazoo.

“We are always looking for new ways to engage the community with the top-quality musicians we invite to Kalamazoo,” says Elizabeth Start, Executive Director of the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music. “Our Sound & Spirit program this year will have a focus on youth, with most of the performers being 18 or younger.”

One of the highlights of the 2017 festival will be an appearance by Grammy nominated Jewish entertainment superstar Neshama Carlebach, who will be joined onstage by the NAEA GospelFest Choir. It’s been five years since the choir has performed at the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music.

Dawud Wharnsby, known for spiritual songs of a world-beat and folk style, drawn from Islamic cultural and musical roots, will be in concert with the Red Sea Pedestrians, who call Kalamazoo home. As the artists trade and collaborate on songs, they will touch on social justice issues and beliefs that transcend traditional faiths.

The Rose Ensemble thrilled the 2016 audience and they are back by popular demand. This year they will guide listeners through a musical exploration of the first formative century of the Reformation, from intimate hymns penned by Martin Luther himself to the great master Michael Praetorius' grand elaborations for multiple choirs of instruments and voices. They will perform with Piffaro, The Renaissance Band, which performs on instruments that are replicas of those used in the late Medieval and Renaissance periods and are ambassadors for early music.

This is the second time the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music is presenting an annual event. The Michigan Festival of Sacred Music debuted in 2001 as a three-day biennial festival. It had been a 10-day event since 2009. In 2016 it became an annual event.

Tickets

Tickets for the 2017 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music’s five ticketed events are now on sale. http://mfsm.us/tickets

About the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music

The Michigan Festival of Sacred Music, a nonprofit arts organization supported by individual donations and numerous grants, is committed to broadening the understanding of diverse cultures through sacred music. Support also comes from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

A complete 2017 festival lineup follows:

Sound and Spirit — Various area artists representing diverse faiths and cultures present a program that serves as a “festival preview” concert and is presented in connection with Prince of Peace Lutheran Church’s October art exhibit “Scribes of Hope II.” Planned performers include include 18-year-old organist Brendan Carter, pianist and Kalamazoo College student  Hannah Kim, Indian dance students of Susan Iervolina, the Drum Choir from Parkwood Upjohn School, the new organization for refugee children, Orchestra Rouh, and its founders. 4 p.m., Oct. 22, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Portage. Free will donation.

Kevin Vaughn — Prize-winning organ recitalist is joined by an ensemble from Early Music Michigan, who will Gregorian Chant to complement his performance of the Gaston Litaize Messe de la Toussaint. This concert is presented in collaboration with St. Augustine’sSacred Music at the Cathedral” series. 7 p.m., Nov. 3, St. Augustine Cathedral. Free will donation.

http://www.kevinjvaughn.com, http://earlymusicmichigan.org/

Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus —  The Kalamazoo Children's Chorus premieres a new work by Andrea Ramsey. The work, “And Joy is Everywhere,” a setting of a text by Rabindranath Tagore, was commissioned by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music for the 2017 event.  2 p.m.,  Nov. 5, First Presbyterian Church.

General admission tickets are $9 through Nov. 3. After Nov. 3 they are $12. Students 24 and under (with valid student ID) are $5. Tickets will be available at the door, $12 General admission, $5 student.

http://www.kalamazoochildrenschorus.org,

http://www.andrearamsey.com

 

Gary Stroutsos — Gary Stroutsos returns by popular demand in the program “Remembering The Songs.” The music and lecture performance of Native American flutes, based on a documentary film and musical album of the same name, provides a unique look at the musical traditions from Zuni, Navajo and Salish communities. Through the stories of three song keepers and music makers from native communities, it explores the importance of songs to these people. Many songs have been lost, but this program shares some of the songs that remain. This program includes the screening of a 30-minute documentary in addition to a live performance of storytelling and music by Stroutsos, one of the artists featured in the recorded project. 11 a.m., Nov. 11 Kalamazoo Nature Center

General admission tickets are $8 through Nov. 3. After Nov. 3 they are $10.  Students 24 and under (with valid student ID) are $5. Tickets will be available at the door, $10 General admission, $5 student.

http://www.garystroutsos.com

Capoeira Mandinga Allendale — Presents a demonstration and workshop of this Brazilian martial art, dance, spiritual discipline at Kalamazoo Public Library. Free. 2 p.m., Nov. 11 Kalamazoo Public Library. Free

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7HU34yLNI0

Neshama Carlebach — Grammy nominated Jewish artist, presents her collaboration with gospel singers. The GospelFest Choir opens the program and sings two songs with Carlebach. Kalamazoo’s GospelFest Choir is part of the NAEA (Northside Association for Educational Advancement). 7 p.m., Nov. 12, Chenery Auditorium.

General admission tickets are $15 through Nov. 3. After Nov. 3 General Admission is $20. Seniors are $12. Students 24 and under (with valid student ID) are $5. Tickets will also be available at the door, $20 General, $12 Senior, $5 student.

http://www.neshamacarlebach.com/

The Rose Ensemble — Returns by popular demand with Piffaro the Renaissance Band, presenting a program commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation- Presented in collaboration with Bach Festival Society, 7 p.m., Nov. 15, Chenery Auditorium Tickets purchased before Nov. 3 $26/$21/$15/$5. Tickets purchased after Nov. 3 $29/$23/$15/$5

http://www.theroseensemble, http://www.piffaro.org,

http://www.kalamazoobachfestival.org

Kalamazoo’s Red Sea Pedestrians with internationally acclaimed Muslim artist Dawud Wharnsby — As the artists trade and collaborate on songs, they will touch on social justice issues and beliefs that transcend traditional faiths. 7 p.m., Nov. 16, Dalton Theatre, Kalamazoo College.

General admission tickets are $15 through Nov. 3. After Nov. 3 General Admission is $20.  Seniors are $12. Students and 24 under (with valid student ID) are $5. Tickets will also be available at the door, $20 General, $12 Senior, $5 student.

https://wharnsby.com, http://www.redseapedestrians.com

Messiah Sing, in collaboration with First Congregational Church. This event continues to be a popular and well-attended free gathering, featuring professional orchestra and soloists with a capacity crowd of community participants singing and spectating. 4 p.m., Nov. 26, First Congregational Church. Free will donation.

This year Michigan Festival of Sacred Music collaborative partners include St. Augustine Cathedral, Portage Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, First Congregational Church, Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo Nature Center, NAEA GospelFest Choir, First Congregational Church, Early Music Michigan, Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus, Bach Festival Society, Kalamazoo College, and the Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons.

Tickets are now on sale at the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music website (www.mfsm.us) for five performances. Four other performances are offered with a free will donation. Concert-goers who purchase their tickets in advance receive discounted ticket prices. When purchasing by phone, mail, or online, advance tickets must be purchased by Nov. 3 for the discount to apply. Mail orders must be received by Nov. 3. Discounted tickets are available online. Tickets continue to be available at regular prices after Nov. 3 online and at the door.




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