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Casavant Organ, Now 50, Inspires Year Of Concerts At First Presbyterian Church

Cindy Hunter

Cindy Hunter, director of music at First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo, and organist Michael Montgomery join Cara Lieurance to announce the upcoming events of the 50th Anniversary year of the Casavant Frères Pipe Organ, an instrument that debuted in 1970 after the destruction by fire of the previous organ.

Hunter and Montgomery discuss the special qualities of this treasured instrument, one of several notable pipe organs in Kalamazoo. The first event is a Choral Evensong with Organ Rededication, at 4 pm Sunday January 26. Follow upcoming events at the First Presbyterian Church's facebook page.


50th Anniversary Organ Events 

Casavant Frères Pipe Organ, op. 3067

First Presbyterian Church, Kalamazoo Michigan


  • Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, 4 pm  - Choral Evensong with Organ Rededication 

  • Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, 7 pm  - American Guild of Organists - SW Michigan Chapter members recital

  • Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, 4 pm  - “Vox Humana” - concert featuring voices with WMU Choral Scholars 

  • Sunday March 15, 2020, 4 pm and 10:00 morning worship - Guest Recitalist Dr. Norah Duncan - Wayne State University, Blessed Sacrament Church, Detroit 

  • Sunday, April 26 following morning service - Organ Petting Zoo

  • Friday, May 1, 2020 - Doors open to church during Art Hop, area organists playing organ

  • Sunday, May 17, 2020, 4 pm  - Guest Recitalist Marilyn Ossentjuk, with her WMU organ students 

  • Monday, June 1, 2020, 7 pm  - Bach Festival Week “Bach Around the Block” Friday/Saturday, June 5 & 6, 2020  Doors open to church during KIA Art Fair, area organists playing organ

  • Friday, July 10, 2020 - Doors open to church during Art Hop, area organists playing organ

  • Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, 7 pm - HymnFest featuring former organist Elizabeth Bruce, Doors open to church during Art Hop

  • September 13, 2020, 4 pm and 10:00 morning service  - Guest Recitalist Dr. John Sherer (Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago) in collaboration with Gilmore Keyboard Festival

  • Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, 4 pm - Recitalist Michael Montgomery Halloween themed event, with Trunk or Treat in Gathering Place following recital. Invite all to wear costumes

  • Sunday, All Saints Day, Nov. 1, 2020 4 pm - Choir/organ/orchestra presentation of large choral masterwork Faure Requiem (performed at organ dedication 50 years in 1970)

  • Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, 4 pm - Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday - Brass and organ, solo instruments with organ - in collaboration with Michigan Festival of Sacred Music

  • Sunday, Dec 13, 2020, 6 pm - Advent Vespers Service. John Rutter’s “Gloria.”


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Cara Lieurance is the local host of NPR's All Things Considered on 1021 WMUK and covers local arts & culture on Let's Hear It on 89.9 Classical WMUK weekday mornings at 10 - 11 am.
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