Kalamazoo Children's Chorus

Kalamazoo Children's Chorus director Taylor Gudbrandson says she will carry one primary lesson of the COVID-19 into the future: the chorus is more than a music program; it is a community much like a family. Even without in-person rehearsals, the ties between the choristers have grown as they prepare group and solo pieces for concerts to share online. The most recent is the holiday cabaret "Messages of Hope and Joy," which can be streamed through Jan 31.

Gudbrandson shares specifics on some of the challenges facing the choir in 2021, including a shortfall in funds which they hope to offset with a fund drive ending in March. Donations can be made at the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus website.

Courtesy of the city of Portage

Residents of Portage, Mich., are bursting with civic pride as the Pfizer plant produces COVID-19 vaccines. And they're showing that pride in some unusual ways.

WMUK's Sehvilla Mann reported on the story for NPR. It aired Thursday December 24 during NPR's All Things Considered. 

Two Kalamazoo County health department nurses wearing blue vests bend over a work table as they prepare Pfizer COVID vaccine doses for a mass-vaccination clinic at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center on December 22
Andy Robins / WMUK

Kalamazoo County is holding its first mass-vaccination clinics for COVID-19.

Andy Eick, via Flickr. All Creative Commons license.

At 4 pm on Sunday, Dec 20, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's annual Sounds of the Season concert will be streamed to households in Kalamazoo and beyond. Executive Director Jessica Mallow Gulley and Education Manager Rufus Ferguson, whose new setting of "O Come All Ye Faithful" will be premiered, talked to Cara Lieurance about how the festivities became an online event.

Brian Walters / Farmers Alley Theatre

Rob Weiner and Jeremy Koch, two of the four founders of Farmers Alley Theatre (along with Adam Weiner and Denene Mulay Koch) join Cara Lieurance to celebrate the variety of performers, technicians, musicians, writers, director and editors who pulled together to present Home For the Holidays with Farmers Alley Theatre and Friends. It's available now through Dec 24.