Kalamazoo County Drain Commissioner's Office

Amid Record-High Rainfall, Flooding Persists In Kalamazoo County

Flooding is still plaguing some parts of Kalamazoo County. Areas of Mattawan, Portage and Texas Township have had exceptionally high groundwater for months. That’s flooded basements and forced the closure of a few roads.

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Tapestry Will Honor WWI Armistice, Then Sing of Heavens, In Two Concerts

Festival favorites Tapestry are returning to the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music's Connecting Chords Music Festival , to perform separate programs on Thursday, Nov 8 and Friday, Nov 9 at 7:30 pm at the First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo. Soprano Christi Catt has been singing with Tapestry since it was created, in 1995, as a vehicle for three female voices to explore centuries of vocal music and traditions. Their programs often blend the new and the ancient, with help from instrumentalist Shira Kammen, who plays the medieval vielle and other instruments. Catt talks to Cara Lieurance about Thursday's program, “Lessons of Darkness,” which commemorates the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I. Tapestry will present works of composers affected by the war, and special guest pianist Arsentiy Kharitonov will intersperse the program with selections from Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin. On Friday, Catt says the program will look skyward, in a program first created to be performed at the famous Mount Wilson Observatory in Pasadena, CA. The program will feature works by Hildegard von Bingen, Alan Hovhanness, Claude Debussy, Patricia Van Ness and more.

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Members of the Arcadia Winds and Trio Des Amis will play music of Mozart, Villa-Lobos, and Reinecke in a concert of classical music at 7:30 pm on Friday, Nov 16 at the Ladies' Library of Kalamazoo. It is free, but donations will be accepted. Horn player Ron Chase and pianist Barbara Hong fill in the details in an interview with Cara Lieurance, and Ladies' Library Association former president Paula Jamison discusses the historic venue, which opened in 1879.

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A plan to commemorate Abraham Lincoln's only visit to Michigan kicks into high gear in Kalamazoo in 2019. Supporters have been working on the Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Project since 2011.


Wayne State University Press

John Fetzer enjoyed a successful career in business as owner of the Detroit Tigers and Kalamazoo radio station WKZO. But Western Michigan University Professor Brian Wilson says Fetzer also engaged in a spiritual search “which lasted a lifetime.”


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Michigan’s Democratic governor-elect and incoming Republican legislative leaders stake out positions ahead of the new term. Some changes are proposed to laws brought forward by petition. WMU falls in the championship game of the MAC men’s soccer tournament. 

Kalamazoo County Drain Commissioner's Office

Flooding is still plaguing some parts of Kalamazoo County. Areas of Mattawan, Portage and Texas Township have had exceptionally high groundwater for months. That’s flooded basements and forced the closure of a few roads. 

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With 24 Grammys and five Academy Awards, John Williams' Hollywood career spans six decades as an A-list composer. Anne Harrigan of the Battle Creek Symphony chose selections familiar and rarely-heard to perform with the orchestra on Saturday, Nov 10 at W.K. Kellogg Auditorium. They include highlights from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, ET, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Schindler's List, Patriot, and Saving Private Ryan. Harrigan talks to Cara Lieurance about John Williams' living legacy and his importance to music lovers around the world.

Joining the Battle Creek Symphony for this concert  are the Battle Creek Boys Choir and Girls Chorus, The Lakeview HS Chamber Choir, the Pennfield HS Chorale, and the Harper Creek Honors Choir.

Tom Fielding

With works like Haydn's Pieces for a Mechanical Clock, Arvo Pärt's Annum Per Annum, plus classics by Bach and Widor, the table is set for an organ lover's feast, tonight at 7 pm at St. Augustine Cathedral in Kalamazoo. The soloist is music director Tom Fielding, who established a free public concert series, called Sacred Music at the Cathedral, five years ago. Fielding talks to Cara Lieurance about the program and appreciates the Kalamazoo music community's rare level of music literacy.


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New leaders are picked for the next session of the state Legislature. Michigan residents have approved recreational marijuana, but federal authorities warn that doesn’t change federal law. WMU women’s basketball opens the season with a win. 

Greyson Steele

A Galesburg City Council meeting drew a crowd on Thursday as officials discussed the potential sale of oil and mineral rights in a local park. Savoy Energy LP, a Traverse City-based company, has requested a non-developmental lease on 22 acres of parkland behind city hall.

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More than 130,000 men and women from Michigan served in World War I. About 2,500 of them came from Kalamazoo.

"And 114 of those young men never returned home," says Elizabeth Kraatz of the Lucinda Hinsdale Stone chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Update: A program scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Rose Park has been moved indoors due to weather. See below for details. 

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