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The 2017 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music is almost at an end. And three of our most amazing performances are yet to come. Act now before the festival is over by buying your tickets for the Wednesday night performance HERE and the Thursday night performance HERE.

The Rose Ensemble and Piffaro together on Chenery stage


7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, Chenery Auditorium, KalamazooThe Rose Ensemble will appear with Piffaro the Renaissance Band in a concert celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the way a monk named Martin Luther set in motion a spiritual movement that would transform church music forever.

Piffaro, The Renaissance Band and The Rose Ensemble will guide listeners through a musical exploration of the first formative century of the Reformation, from intimate hymns penned by Luther himself to the great master Michael Praetorius' grand elaborations for multiple choirs of instruments and voices.

Singers from the Bach Festival Chorus of Kalamazoo join The Rose Ensemble and Piffaro for larger numbers during the evening. There also will be a preconcert talk at 6 p.m. at the reception room of Chenery Auditorium.

This concert is a collaboration between the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music and our friends at the Bach Festival.

Tickets are on sale at the Bach Festival website HERE.

Dawud Wharnsby and The Red Sea Pedestrians

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Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. at Dalton Theatre on Kalamazoo College campus — Canadian born poet and songwriter Dawud Wharnsby began sharing his songs with audiences as a street performer in his late teens. Over two decades later, his career as a troubadour has yielded a string of fifteen solo albums, five poetry anthologies, numerous sound-track credits, performances in some of the world’s most prestigious theatres and collaborations with several celebrated artists including Yusuf/Cat Stevens. Within sacred-music circles, Wharnsby is often cited as a pioneer in the composition of English hymns, inspired by Qur’anic spirituality. His universalist approach to religion keeps Dawud actively engaged with musical inter-faith initiatives and peace efforts worldwide.

Red Sea Pedestrians MFSM 2017

The Red Sea Pedestrians' all encompassing sound has high-energy world-beat grooves, hypnotic laments from the earth, songs of celebration and wonder; a warped and beautiful blend of American Roots, Rock, Klezmer, Gypsy, Classical and Jazz, all filtered through the band’s original vision. It is first defined by the sweet interplay between clarinet and violin, further colored by a kaleidoscope of guitar, banjo, keyboard and mandolin, and driven by a rhythm section deep in the pocket. Multi-layered lyrics, rich harmonies, and masterful playing complete the experience. Their captivating live shows and ambitious CDs have been getting rave reviews and building a dedicated fan base throughout Michigan’s independent music community for over a decade.

Tickets at the door: General admission $20, Senior (65 and over) $12, Students 24 or under (with valid student ID) $5. They can also be purchased online HERE.

Don't miss the Messiah Sing on Nov. 26

Messiah Sing MFSM 2017

Messiah Sing MFSM 2017
Sunday, Nov. 26, 4 p.m.— The community is invited to sing along at Messiah Sing at First Congregational Church, 345 West Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo. Presented in collaboration with First Congregational Church. Free will donation accepted.


The Michigan Festival of Sacred Music is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit arts organization. The festival is supported by grants from government and foundation sources, and contributions from individuals and businesses. Our mission is to celebrate the power of music to connect across faiths and cultures.

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