Michael Palmer

Kalamazoo Male Chorus

Founded 90 years ago as an industry-sponsored activity for workers, the Kalamazoo Male Chorus has built a lot of history, and friendships, over the decades. On Sunday at 4 pm at the First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo, the chorus, special guests, and a wide-ranging selection of music will celebrate the 90th anniversary of one of the longest-running artistic groups in west Michigan.

The festivities will include the all-women Kalamazoo Community Chorale, local bands Whiskey Before Breakfast and The Duffield/Caron Project, the former KMC director Jan Berghorst, Kalamazoo Ringers alumni, and some fun bits of KMC history never told before. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Michael Palmer reflects on the last 15 years of directing the chorus, and choristers Pedro Hogan and Boyd Bronson share their experiences of being part of the group.

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Chris Ludwa, director of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus, and Michael Palmer, director of the Kalamazoo Male Chorus, talk about the variety of music that will be performed on Valentine's Day by the two groups.

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"Christmas in Kalamazoo," a collaboration betweeen the Kalamazoo Male Chorus, the Kalamazoo Ringers, and the Kalamazoo Brass, will be held at Centerpoint Church on Tuesday night. This year, each group chose seasonal pieces originating with English traditions, including the "Coventry Carol" and Renaissance composer Giles Farnaby's "Fancies, Toyes and Dreams." Chorus director Michael Palmer, Kalamazoo Ringers founding member Karol Dill, and organist Kory Heitzig join Cara Lieurance to showcase some of the music and talk about their collaboration.

Michael Palmer

For the 22nd year in a row, a post-Thanksgiving 'Messiah Sing!' will be held at First Congregational Church in Kalamazoo, co-sponsored by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music. MFSM executive director Betsy Start, First Congregational music director Michael Palmer, and tenor Keiwon Lambert, a choral scholar with the church and voice student at Western Michigan University, joined Cara Lieurance to encourage singers, new and regular, to join them for a performance of the Messiah, supported by the church choir, four soloists, and a full orchestra.  It begins at 4 pm on Sunday.

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The three founders of Christmas In Kalamazoo join Cara Lieurance to talk about their 8th annual program, set for Tuesday, November 29, 7:30 pm, at the Centerpoint Church of Kalamazoo.