Michigan Festival of Sacred Music

Simon Shaheen is a virtuoso oud and violin player with the ability to perform in both the traditional Arabic and western classical styles. He's also the founder of a yearly retreat for musicians, young and old, who want to learn the basics of Arabic music on almost any instrument. Prior to his November 12th appearance at the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music, he spoke about his early love of both Arabic and European styles, and how he brought both together for his Grammy-nominated album, Blue Flame.


Dan Nichols

 Trio Speranza made its Kalamazoo debut at the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music on Saturday, November 8th. The recipients of the Presentation Prize at Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition 2014, the members - Ann Griffis, violin; Cora Swenson Lee, cello; and Jason Moy, harpsichord - formed the group in 2013. 


A fascination with modern and ancient musical settings of the Old Testament's The Song of Songs helped the three singers of Boston-based Tapestry to find their direction twenty years ago. They created a live concert, and later recorded an album, Song of Songs: Come Into My Garden, which guided the listener down a carefully curated path of songs from the past thousand years. On November 6th, singers Cristi Catt, Laurie Monahan, and Daniela Tošić brought a refreshed update to the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music.


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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.

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