Detroit Historical Society

Festival favorites Tapestry are returning to the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music's Connecting Chords Music Festival, to perform separate programs on Thursday, Nov 8 and Friday, Nov 9 at 7:30 pm at the First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo. Soprano Christi Catt has been singing with Tapestry since it was created, in 1995, as a vehicle for three female voices to explore centuries of vocal music and traditions. Their programs often blend the new and the ancient, with help from instrumentalist Shira Kammen, who plays the medieval vielle and other instruments. 

Catt talks to Cara Lieurance about Thursday's program, “Lessons of Darkness,” which commemorates the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I. Tapestry will present works of composers affected by the war, and special guest pianist Arsentiy Kharitonov will intersperse the program with selections from Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin.

On Friday, Catt says the program will look skyward, in a program first created to be performed at the famous Mount Wilson Observatory in Pasadena, CA. The program will feature works by Hildegard von Bingen, Alan Hovhanness, Claude Debussy, Patricia Van Ness and more.

A fascination with modern and ancient musical settings of the Old Testament's The Song of Songs helped the three singers of Boston-based Tapestry to find their direction twenty years ago. They created a live concert, and later recorded an album, Song of Songs: Come Into My Garden, which guided the listener down a carefully curated path of songs from the past thousand years. On November 6th, singers Cristi Catt, Laurie Monahan, and Daniela Tošić brought a refreshed update to the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music.