Sacred Music At The Cathedral

Dr. Aaron Humble, professor of voice at Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN, presented a solo recital of sacred art songs on Friday evening in the Cathedral Church of St. Augustine. He was joined by Karen Kness, Gunta Laukmane and Thomas Fielding.  Before the concert, Humble and Fielding joined Cara Lieurance for a conversation about the program.

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Kevin Vaughn, a recent graduate from the University of Notre Dame, speaks with Cara Lieurance about his upcoming Michigan Festival of Sacred Music organ recital that features an organ mass composed for All Saints' Day by French composer Gaston Litaize. It uses Gregorian chant as source material, and the male ensemble of Early Music Michigan will be on hand to sing the original chants during the performance. Vaughan will also perform a variety of other works on the free program, which begins at 7 pm on Friday, November 3 at the Cathedral of St. Augustine.

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The Sacred Music at the Cathedral Series, held at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kalamazoo, will begin its new season tonight at 7 pm with a solo recital by organist Christopher Dekker. A PhD student in organ performance at Notre Dame University, Dekker's program will include works of Bach, Barber, and Franck. He and series director Tom Fielding talk with Cara Lieurance about tonight's program.

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Thomas Fielding, organist and music director at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kalamazoo, will perform Parisian composer Henri Mulet's Byzantine Sketches, accompanied by projected still photography, in a free concert at the cathedral  on Sunday at 5 pm. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Fielding explains that Henri Mulet was a reclusive organist whose most famous work is the final movement of the Byzantine Sketches, composed to honor various architectural aspects of his beloved Sacre Coeur Basilica in Montmartre, Paris, France.

Christian Bischof, organist at St.-Margaret-Kirche in Munich, Germany and a rising star, performed on September 30 at St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance which also includes Karl Schrock and Tom Fielding, he discusses his training as a performer and his certification as an organ "expert" - someone qualified to diagnose and repair this highly complex instrument.