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Holiday Tradition Continues Online For Kalamazoo Bach Festival

Kalamazoo Bach Festival

At 4 pm on Sunday, Dec 6, the Kalamazoo Bach Festivalwill release its annual holiday concert online, in a year when the COVID-19 pandemic has put a stop to live concerts. Director Chris Ludwa and featured soloist Ben Gulley give Cara Lieurance a preview of the production.

<--break->It was months in the making and blends the voices of the choir and soloists who mostly recorded their solo tracks at home, with help from pre-recorded guide tracks and video conducting from Ludwa. Even with these challenges, Ludwa says he kept in mind the beloved holiday specials TV networks used to air, as well as a look to the future with new premieres and celebrations of different traditions. Gulley, a tenor with an international career who recently moved to Kalamazoo,  admits to singing the high C in "O Holy Night" while sitting at his computer, wired to his headphones. He says he and the other singers were buoyed up by Ludwa's enthusiasm during a difficult time for musicians everywhere.


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Cara Lieurance is the local host of NPR's All Things Considered on 1021 WMUK and covers local arts & culture on Let's Hear It on 89.9 Classical WMUK weekday mornings at 10 - 11 am.
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