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45th Annual BachFest Christmas!

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 4:00 p.m.

Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College


Bach Festival Chorus & Orchestra, James Turner, conductor

with Eric Strand, organ and Carl Witt, piano


CONCERT SPONSOR: Clifford Mulder, Raymond James & Associates

CHORUS SPONSOR: Steven Woloszyk, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage


A joyous celebration of the Christmas season, this concert will feature work by composers Gustav Holst, Joseph Martin, Leo Nestor, Philip Stopford, Malcolm Archer, and Bob Chilcott. Familar carols and an audience sing-along complete this much beloved Kalamazoo holiday tradition.

Sponsor a Poinsettia: Lovely poinsettias decorate Stetson Chapel for this performance. Help make the chapel even more festive by sponsoring a poinsettia this season. A portion of your sponsorship will be tax-deductible. Contact the the Bach Festival Office for more information (269) 337-7407.

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St. Olaf Choir, Anton Armstrong, conductor

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 4:00 p.m.

Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo College


Rhea Olivaccé, soprano / Gunta Laukmane, piano

A concert featuring the romantic music of Strauss, the alluring charm of French opera, and the musings of new American composers.

Presented in collaboration with the Kalamazoo College Department of Music.

2013 Kalamazoo College Homecoming Event

Brahms' A German Requiem - Heaven & Earth

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo


Kalamazoo Philharmonia, Andrew Koehler, conductor

Bach Festival Chorus, James Turner, director

Rhea Olivaccé, soprano; Anthony Clark Evans, baritone


CHORUS SPONSOR: Steven Woloszyk, PrimeLending



Wagner | Siegfried's Funeral March from The Ring of the Nibelung

Brahms | A German Requiem


The second of six masses he wrote, Franz Schubert's Mass in G Major took less than a week to compose and is perhaps the most well-known of his shorter masses. With joyful choruses and exquisite melodic lines, the chorus, soloists, and orchestra explore a vast array of human emotions from contemplative to triumphant. Fauré's Requiem begins with a dramatic brass entrance accompanied by a hushed somber chorus and is transformed into a passionate orchestra-chorus crescendo. Listeners will revel in the beautiful intimate writing of Fauré, as he embarks upon a transcendent journey from sadness to the hopeful promise of a heavenly paradise.


68th Annual Bach Festival Week

April 19-22, 2015


Sunday, April 19 - City Sings Bach*

Monday, April 20 - 28th Annual Bach Around the Block Organ Crawl*

Tuesday, April 21- Bach's Lunch Concert*

Wednesday, April 22 - Bach Community Sing*



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