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WELCOME TO THE

KALAMAZOO BACH FESTIVAL

2019-2020 Season No. 73

Be a Part of  the New BOGO: Buy One GIVE One

You have the opportunity to provide a concert experience that has the potential to change someone's life forever.

 

We are focused on building partnerships with organizations in Kalamazoo that support the needs of our community's families. We believe that providing intentional access to high quality fine arts experiences can help families feel welcome, feel respected, and feel loved. Help us build a stronger and more equitable community by helping us provide a concert experience to everyone. 

Upon check out on any online or phone ticket purchase, you will have the opportunity to support our new ticket initiative and to donate to our Annual Fund Campaign. Thank you for trusting us to make Kalamazoo an accessible place for the arts for everyone. 

BACHTOBERFEST

with THE SUSIE PARR TRIO and DBP3

THUR OCT 24 | 7 pm

Hornet Suite, Kalamazoo College

In collaboration with the Grand Traverse

Distillery and many local favorites, we bring

you our fourth annual BACHTOBERFEST!

Celebrate the Kalamazoo Bach Festival’s community with a very festive spirit.  An opportunity to celebrate our chorus members, raise community awareness of our events and outreach, sing together, feature the Bach Festival Chamber Singers in concert, live music performed by The Dacia Bridges Project and Susie Parr Trio, a silent auction, food, and drink.

NOBUNTU

SUN NOV 3 | 4 pm

Chenery Auditorium

Nobuntu is a “Five Part” A’cappella Vocal

ensemble made up of young women from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The name Nobuntu is an African concept that values humbleness, love, purpose, unity and family from a woman’s perspective. Their repertoire is a fusion of traditional Zimbabwean rooted music, Afro Jazz, Gospel and Crossover in pure voices with minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as Mbira and some dance movements.

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50th ANNUAL HOLIDAYS with the KALAMAZOO BACH FESTIVAL CHORUS

SUN DEC 8 | 4 pm

Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College

It's time to celebrate 50 years of beautiful music making in Stetson Chapel!

The Bach Festival Chorus, directed by Dr. Chris Ludwa, and our favorite  guest artists, the Western Brass Quintet, will set the mood for one of Kalamazoo's favorite holiday traditions. This concert frequently sells out so we recommend you purchase your tickets early!

HOLIDAY BEER CHOIR!

THUR DEC 19 | 7:30 pm

Old Dog Tavern, Kalamazoo

Do you like to sing in the shower? Are you the loudest one belting out "Happy Birthday" at your niece's party?  Well come on out to our Beer Choir and have some holiday cheer with us!

FREE. FUN. CASUAL.

LOVE IS (Volume 3)

WED MAR 4 | 7 pm

First Congregational Church, Kalamazoo

Winners of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival's Young Vocalists Competition join the BachFest Chorus and Kalamazoo College Singers for the most eclectic tribute to love you’re bound to experience anywhere.

TRANSCENDENCE | SPRING CHORUS CONCERT

SAT MAY 30 | 7:30 pm

Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo

Bach Festival Chorus, Chris Ludwa, conductor

Kalamazoo Philharmonia, Andrew Koehler, conductor

Nielsen Symphony No. 3 "Espansiva"

Vaughan Williams Toward the Unknown Region

Brahms Schicksalslied

Explore the profound questions of what lies beyond our physical experience on earth.  The Nielsen contrasts movements that capture the gust of energy and life-affirmation we send out into the world, as the composer himself put it, with a pure vision of Paradise.  A concert that puts aside our ideological debates and finds common ground in what it means to be human.

Join us for a  pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm in the corner reception room.

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Our 2020 Kalamazoo Bach Festival will take place from May 29 through June 4. All concert details and events will be updated and posted on August 15, 2019! We can't wait to share these exciting events with you!

The mission of the Bach Festival Society is to bring excellent vocal, choral and instrumental music to the widest possible audience in southwest Michigan through performances of major works by the Bach Festival Chorus and orchestra, the sponsorship of renowned vocal artists and choral groups and educational outreach activities. The Bach Society focuses on the music of J. S. Bach and composers from the Renaissance to the contemporary era.

We are committed to sustainable and relevant programming, becoming actively involved in the community with social justice initiatives, increasing diversity with the staff, board, and chorus, creating an equitable organization, and creating a concert experience accessible to the entire community. The Kalamazoo Bach Festival sees profound relevance in civic engagement, connecting music and the arts with community efforts to demonstrate love and commitment to our community.

CHRIS LUDWA | MUSIC DIRECTOR

CORI SOMERS | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Looking Back at our 2018-2019 Festival Week

   2019 BACH FESTIVAL WEEK

                                              is April 26-May 6

In collaboration with Kalamazoo College, voice students  perform for and be coached by our visiting guest artist and soloistfor our large choral masterwork.

GUEST ARTISTS

IN CONCERT

Fri April 26

7:30 pm

K-College, Light Fine Arts

MAP

Our featured guest soloists for 
Carmina Burana share their 
beautiful voices featuring opera,

Broadway, and more! 

Bach Festival Chorus,

   Chris Ludwa, conductor
Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra,
   Andrew Koehler, conductor

VOCAL MASTER CLASS

with Elliot Madore

Fri April 26

10:30 am

K-College, Light Fine Arts

Sun April 28

4 pm

Chenery Auditorium

CARMINA BURANA

In its 11th year, area church choirs and organists join in honoring the life and legacy of J.S. Bach by presenting a work by Bach and/or his contemporaries during their regular services. Participating churches will be part of a unique city-wide celebration of Bach’s musical legacy. 

BACH AND

JAMMIES

In collaboration with the Kalamazoo Public Library, local pianist, Kory Heitzig and Bach Festival chorus members will send you to the moon and back with this lovely all-ages family evening event featuring your favorite bed time stories paired with beautiful music and lullabies. Come in your jammies and snuggle down to an evening of awe and wonder.  

Enjoy a lovely mid-morning concert featuring cellist David Peshlakai and his captivatingly beautiful 
interpretations of the Bach Cello Suites No. 1 and

No. 3. A refreshing brunch of pastries, fruit, and beverages will be provided.
 

BREAKING BARRIERS WITH BACH

Fri May 3

7:30 pm at K-College, Dalton Theater

Tickets available online

and at the door

Rhea Olivaccé, soprano, Arturo Ziraldo, viola
Sookkyung Cho, piano, Kyd Kane, spoken word artist

 

Heartside Harmony Chamber Music Society is breaking barriers. By facilitating discourse regarding the definition of “classical” or “art” music, and the role of people of color in defining the cultural works of past and present, Heartside presents works that explore the human condition and highlight excellence by diverse artists who live and work in West Michigan.  This challenging and moving evening will feature Creole Songs by Camille Nickerson, Three Dream Portraits by Margaret Bonds (texts by Langston Hughes) and 
original performance poetry by Kyd Kane. The goal of Heartside Harmony CMS is to engage deeply with all people regardless of education, cultural background or ethnic history, and to create value and access to profound musical experiences.

 

THE CITY

SINGS BACH

Sun April 28

Times and Locations

TBD

Mon/April 29

KPL Oshtemo

Tues/April 30

KPL Central

6:30 pm

BACH'S BRUNCH

CONCERT

Thur May 2

11 am

 K-College, Dalton Lobby

VISIONS AND

MIRACLES

Sat May 4

7:30 pm

Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College

Tickets available online

and at the door

Arcato Chamber Ensemble, 
Andrew Koehler, conductor
Bach Festival Chamber Singers, 
Chris Ludwa, conductor

Join the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chamber Singers and Arcato Chamber Ensemble for an evening of entertainment that explores powerful and inspiring music which informs and guides us in various ways. Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus, Gustav Mahler’s Adagietto from Symphony No. 5, Christopher Theofanidis’s Visions and Miracles,  Ola Gjeilo’s Unicornis Captivatur, a setting for a cappella choir that draws on 17th century tunes and tells a fascinating and energizing story about thismythical creature. Vivaldi’s Gloria in D, a work of celebratory music, will close this exciting evening of music.

FESTIVAL

BEER CHOIR

Mon May 6

8 pm

Old Dog Tavern

Carl Witt, piano

Mike Fuerst, bass
Jay Gavan, guitar


Join us outside in the beautiful garden at the Old Dog Tavern and sing your favorite Beatles songs with us. Added bonus – a portion of drink sales for the evening will 
be donated to the Bach Festival!

32ND ANNUAL BACH AROUND

THE BLOCK

ORGAN CRAWL 

Mon May 6

7 pm

Locations TBA

collaboration with the American Guild of Organists, discover the music of J.S. Bach and the sounds of the many beautiful pipe organs throughout the churches of downtown Kalamazoo.

7 PM

First Congregational Church
7:30 PM

First United Methodist
8 PM

St. Luke’s Episcopal