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New York-based jazz singer Karrin Allyson , whose albums have been nominated for five Grammy awards, will join the Kalamazoo Concert Band for a holiday concert Friday night in Miller Auditorium. She discusses her career in a conversation at WMUK with Cara Lieurance and Kalamazoo Concert Band director Tom Evans.

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Music director Rick Phelps says that the Kalamazoo Singers holiday concert, called "Candlelight Reflections," is not subdued or serious. Instead, it is a trip down memory lane for the choir, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this season.

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The Battle Creek Symphony has invited Gold Company , Western Michigan University’s internationally recognized vocal jazz ensemble, to join them in a holiday pops concert on Saturday at W.K. Kellogg Auditorium, Battle Creek. Conductor Anne Harrigan says it's the first time in over 15 years the two groups have collaborated. Harrigan and Gold Company director Greg Jasperse preview the program with Cara Lieurance.

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Following a visit to New Orleans last summer, director Fred Sang says the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus is excited to tour to China in the summer of 2018. Here in Kalamazoo, the chorus presents its annual holiday concert on Sunday.

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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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