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Our Lady's Consort is an undergraduate choir at the University of Notre Dame. On Friday, Feb 21 at 7 pm at St. Augustine Cathedral in Kalamazoo, the group will perform on the Sacred Music at the Cathedral series. The first half of the free program will be sung in Latin; the second, in English. Cara Lieurance talks to Howard Eckdahl, the doctoral student music director of Our Lady's Consort, for a preview.

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Song On The Times is the newest album from the a cappella quartet Windborne, which performs at 3:30 pm on Sunday, Nov 10 at Gull Lake United Methodist Church in Richland, MI. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Jeremy Carter-Gordon talks about the themes of freedom, equality, and justice that unite the songs on the album, some of which date back 400 years. 

A portion of the proceeds from the concert will go to the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home Foundation.

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Nobuntu is a five part a cappella vocal ensemble made up of women from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. At 4 pm on Sunday, Nov 3 they'll visit Kalamazoo as part of their North American tour to perform at Chenery Auditorium.  Cara Lieurance talks to singer Duduzile Sibanda, who says her career in performing got started when she became fed up with her job as an accountant. Sibanda says groups like Nobuntu can add to the appreciation of music and dance at home and abroad. 

Nobuntu's concert is part of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival concert season. Tickets are available through the Bach Festival's website.

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The Kalamazoo Singers have prepared a collection of contemporary Canadian choral works for its final concert of the season, which will be held Sunday, May 5 at 3 pm in First United Methodist Church. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Rick Phelps talks about the varied works on 'O Canada," after relating shared memories of Dawson Creek, British Columbia and Phelps' road trip to Alaska. 

The Kalamazoo Male Chorus rehearsing at the Maple Street Magnet School
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The Kalamazoo Male Chorus is celebrating its 90th birthday next month with a concert almost as big as its sound. The group will perform May 20th at 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in downtown Kalamazoo.