What you can experience on day three of the 2016 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music The Michigan Festival of Sacred Music is rapidly approaching. In t

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Jonathan Ryan

What you can experience on day three of the 2016 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music

The Michigan Festival of Sacred Music is rapidly approaching. In the spotlight this week is Oct. 31, day three of the festival, which features performances by Jonathan Ryan.

Jonathan Ryan is hailed as one of the premiere young concert organists of our time. His command of an exceptionally large breadth of repertoire, spanning from the Renaissance to numerous solo and collaborative premieres, coupled with striking virtuosity enables the bold, imaginative programming and exceptional use of each organ’s unique capability for which he is noted. Mr. Ryan has the rare distinction of holding six First Prize awards from major international and national organ competitions.

“Jonathan Ryan is one of the brightest younger artists in the field today … mastery of the music, and a clear vision for its interpretation.” “Ryan will take your breath away.” (The Diapason)

His first appearance will be a family friendly event introducing the organ at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 in a concert with a holiday twist at First Baptist Church. Families are encouraged to come in costume. Admission is free. It will be preceded by “Trunk or Treat” in First Congregational Church parking lot: treats for trick-or- treaters from festively decorated cars from 5-6 p.m.

Mr. Ryan’s 8 p.m. concert at First Baptist will showcase the amazing Letourneau organ and repertoire for All Saints Day. $15 general admission, $5 students

He wraps up his festival appearances with a Master Class at First Baptist Tuesday, Nov. 1. at 10 a.m. Free.


The full festival lineup for 2016

The 2016 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music is Oct. 29-Nov. 2 at various venues across Kalamazoo.

Desert Dreams accompanied by Earth Spirit Duo — Master of the Native American flute, Gary Stroutsos, and festival favorite, percussionist Carolyn Koebel. 11 a.m. Oct. 29, Kalamazoo Nature Center. Free.

Friends of the Gamelan — Traditional Javanese compositions and contemporary works by members of Friends of the Gamelan. 2 p.m. Oct. 29, at the Kalamazoo Public Library. Free.

The Rose Ensemble —The Multiple award-winning Rose Ensemble, 2 p.m. Oct. 30, Dalton Center, Western Michigan University. $25/$20/$5

Nefesh Mountain Jewish Americana that blends Jewish and Bluegrass traditions, 11 a.m. family friendly performance, Free. 7 p.m. in concert with their band, Oct. 30, Congregation of Moses, $15/$5

Jonathan Ryan — Multi-prize winning organist, 6 p.m. Oct. 31. Come-in-costume, short family program of organ music. Free. preceded by Trunk or Treat event in the parking lot of First Congregational Church from 5-6 p.m. Organ concert, 8 p.m. Oct. 31, First Baptist Church. $15/$5

DIO — A trio of Syrian musicians, Heritage Hall, Western Michigan University, 7 p.m. Nov. 1. $15/$5

Sound & Spirit of Southwest Michigan — Artists present music from diverse faiths and genres. First Baptist, 7 p.m. Nov. 2. Free.

We will have more details on these performances in our next 2016 MFSM Update.

For more information and tickets, please visit our website.


Special thanks to our festival sponsors, including SignArt.

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The 2016 appearance of The Rose Ensemble is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the Crane Group.


The Michigan Festival of Sacred Music is a 501 (c) (3) arts organization, which presented its first full festival in 2001, and is supported by grants from government and foundation sources, and contributions from individuals and businesses.

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