Inspired by Lin-Manuel Miranda's 2015 sonnet "Love Is Love," director Chris Ludwa has created a third program for the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus of eclectic choral works with themes of love, including romantic love, family love, spiritual love, love of nature, and self-healing love. The newly-named winner of the Bach Festival's Young Vocalist High School Competition, Lillie Forteau, will sing two solos during the concert, which also will feature the student choir of Kalamazoo College, and the Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo, led by Michael Palmer. The concert begins at 7 pm on Wednesday, March 4 at First Congretational Church of Kalamazoo.
In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Ludwa quotes a Stevie Wonder lyric, "We have a choice to make / to either walk the path of love / or be crippled by our hate." From a program that draws on classical, pop, folk, and world music, they listen to "Et une seule fleur" by Morten Lauridsen, "Please Stay," by Jake Runestad, "Papa Loko," a traditional Haitian song, and Emeli Sande's "Shine."