Kalamazoo Bach Festival

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James Turner, who retires as artistic director of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival at the end of the season, will lead his 20th 'BachFest Christmas!' on Sunday. He spoke with Cara Lieurance about the music he has planned, and looks back on his time with the organization. Included in the conversation are chorister Gail Griffin, who joined the choir at the same time as Turner, and Arcato Chamber Ensemble conductor Andrew Koehler.

voces8.com

Voces8 is top-notch a cappella group which can authentically perform centuries-old music as well as dazzling modern pop arrangements. Now on a North American tour, Voces8 stops in Kalamazoo Saturday at the invitation of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Society .

Two conductors of their respective musical organizations talk about the work that brings them together to end their seasons in Chenery Auditorium tomorrow. Andrew Koehler, director of the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, and James Turner, director of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival, have been separately preparing the orchestral and choral parts of a great 19th century classic, Johannes Brahms' A German Requiem.

stolaf.edu

Anton Armstrong sees each member of the St. Olaf Choir as an emerging adult, whose participation in the world-renowned choir will affect the whole person, not just his or her musicianship. The Kalamazoo Bach Festival will present the St. Olaf Choir in a concert in Chenery Auditorium on Sunday. In an interview with Cara Lieurance , he discusses the mission of the century-old choir as part of the St. Olaf College curriculum, as well as the 2015 tour, which takes the choir to thirteen states.

Schyler Sheltrown

A vocal performance major at Michigan State University who intends to pursue an operatic career, Schyler Sheltrown talks to Cara Lieurance about her musical mentors, including current teacher Melanie Helton and her high school instructor, David Hook. Schyler details her experience at the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Young Vocalist Competition . She also shares insight into the practice of opera singing and the music she prepared for the competition. Ms. Sheltrown, winner of first place, college...

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