Detroit Historical Society

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.

Theater Review: A Doll's House, Part 2

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Rob Weiner / Farmer's Alley Theatre

Farmer's Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo has a new production: A Doll's House, Part 2." But it's not the classic original drama by Henrik Ibsen. WMUK's Gordon Bolar has this review:

Phillip Angert

On Elisa Albert’s website, you see a woman in a straitjacket, pencil clamped tightly in her bright red lips. That’s how Albert writes, despite pressure to conform or live a lie. Albert is all about brutal honesty. In her newest novel, After Birth (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015), a young woman learns how to cope with becoming a mother. It isn’t pretty. But when reviewers peg her book as being about post- partum depression, Albert pushes back.

The Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet performs Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:30pm as part of Grand Rapids Community College's International Guitar Series. The concert will include works by Mozart, Albeniz, Andrew Bergeron and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and will be presented in the Albert P. Smith Music Building at GRCC. For information, contact the Department of Music at 616-459-2921. Members of the GRGQ include Brian Morris, Michael Stockdale, Andrew Bergeron and David Martin.  Brian and David talk with Jack Perlstein about this upcoming performance. 

Zoe Jackson / WMUK

Turnout for Tuesday’s election in Kalamazoo County increased dramatically over the last mid-term election four years ago. That resulted in more votes for Democrats on the ballot.