Kalamazoo Bach Festival

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The Kalamazoo Bach Festival kicked off on May 5  with "Bach And Beyond," a program featuring the Arcato Ensemble and countertenor soloist Terry Barber, led by Andrew Koehler. Festival director Cori Somers, conductor Andrew Koehler, and organist Kory Heitzig joined Cara Lieurance to preview the first five days of the festival, which includes performances by Carl Witt and the Red Sea Pedestrians, and a first-time program, "Inside the Organ," a guided tour of the inner workings of an organ installation.


Pianist, composer and all-around-indispensable Kalamazoo musician Carl Witt invites Cara Lieurance to his home studio to give an insider's view of the Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations, playing examples that demonstrate the work's unusual features. Witt will perform the variations at the 2017 Kalamazoo Bach Festival on May 7 in the Light Fine Arts Building's Dalton Theatre at Kalamazoo College.


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William Fred Scott, the director of the award-winning male vocal ensemble Chanticleer,  says the audiences that come to their concerts are some of the warmest and most appreciative he's ever experienced in his long career. The former artistic director and principal conductor of the Atlanta Opera, Scott took the reigns of Chanticleer in 2015. He tells Cara Lieurance about the works on the program 'My Secret Heart,' which range from the Renaissance era to the 20th century's Freddy Mercury. 


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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.


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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.


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