Kalamazoo Singers

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Rick Phelps will lead a a concert called "Showstoppers" at 7 pm on Saturday, Feb 22 at Comstock Community Auditorium. The director of the Kalamazoo Singers spoke with Cara Lieurance about what a showstopper can be, and how members of the choir auditioned to perform solos and group numbers from musicals like The Greatest Showman, The Lion King, Les Miserables, Hairspray, Guys and Dolls and others.

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The Kalamazoo Singers will begin their season with "A Merry Mosaic," at 5 pm on Saturday, Dec 14 at First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo, led by their music director, Rick Phelps. Cara Lieurance spoke to Phelps about the pieces on the program, which features works that combine voices, brass, and piano, as well as a personal selection written by a composer friend, Gerald Custer. Another highlight is a setting of the Magnificat by modern choral composer Arvo Part, who created a new movement of choral minimalism based on bell tones and silence.

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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. 

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Rick Phelps, music director of the Kalamazoo Singers, says he's heard exciting music and breathtaking performances from high school choirs in his career as an adjudicator at choral festivals. He keeps a notebook nearby during a day of adjudication, noting down the pieces that catch his interest. This is where he came up with the idea of featuring choral festival favorites in a concert by the Kalamazoo Singers, a community choir that takes on a wide variety of repertoire.

The concert "A Festival Song" will be held at 3 pm on Sunday, Mar 10 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Portage.

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The Kalamazoo Singers will present an afternoon of baroque Christmas favorites by Bach, Handel, Buxtehude and others on Sunday, Dec 9 at 3 pm, at First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo. Director Rick Phelps tells Cara Lieurance that although the pages of German text can be a challenge to prepare, the joy and dance-like character of Baroque music is a pleasure to perform. They also preview the Kalamazoo Singer's upcoming concerts in the new year.