Michigan Festival of Sacred Music


The Michigan Festival of Sacred Music has provided Juilliard-trained hometown talent Brandon Ridenour with an opportunity to premiere new works this Sunday. The new compositions include a seven-song cycle based on Edgar Allan Poe's writings, called Sacred Space. 

Robert Loerzel

At the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music, clarinetist/composer James Falzone will perform his solo work, Sighs too deep for words... and present a program of his original works for clarinet, oud, accordion and hand percussion with Allos Musica.

Director Eric Johnson talks to Cara Lieurance about Cor Cantiamo's upcoming concert at the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music, scheduled for Sunday afternoon in the First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo.

Native American group Southern Straight's performance at the Kalamazoo Public Library in 2009. Southern Straight is an earlier incarnation of Sons of Three Fires.
Kalamazoo Public Library

“You’re singing your best. You’re singing your hardest. You’re not being shy or holding back anything because somebody might look at you,” says John Bush of Sons of Three Fires describing what he tries to achieve as a singer.


The University of Chicago-based choir Golosa was founded in the 1990s to explore Russian folk repertoire, especially that of the Old Believers, an isolated community who split from the Russian Orthodox church in the 17th century. 

Choir member Anaïs Ahmed tells Cara Lieurance about what drew her into the music. Ms. Ahmed describes the full-voiced sound as a hair-raising sensation. They also discuss learning Russian pronunciation and the poetry of the songs.