Something Seasonal

Get your Christmas concert fill online

One of the endearing parts of the holidays in the greater Kalamazoo area is that they are usually chock-full of holiday-themed concerts. While the Covid-19 pandemic has curtailed live events, there is a bright side: Many of these Kalamazoo traditions are still happening as virtual events. What better music to have playing while you curl up on the couch with cocoa or trim your tree? Here are the details on some of the
virtual concerts planned:

    Holidays with the Kalamazoo Bach Festival

    — This beloved annual concert will feature songs of the season as the Festival Chorus will perform from Stetson Chapel on the Kalamazoo College campus. The concert, which will be streamed live at 4 p.m. Dec. 6 and available for viewing until Dec. 31, will include a new arrangement of the Jill Jackson-Miller and Sy Miller hymn “Let There Be Peace on Earth” and the world premiere of a new text setting of J.S. Bach's Cantata Wachet auf. Viewers will also be treated to historical holiday images of Kalamazoo. Tickets are $5-$199, with the higher prices set for group viewing. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit kalamazoobachfestival.org.

    Kalamazoo Ringers 40th Annual Christmas Concert

    — The Kalamazoo Ringers, one of the oldest community handbell choirs in the country, will present its virtual concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 13. In conjunction with the concert, the group is also hosting an outerwear drive for donations of hats, scarves, mittens and gloves to give to those in need. Donations can be dropped off from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13 at Grace Harbor Church, 811 Gorham Lane. For more information and a link to the concert, visit kalamazooringers.org.

    Sounds of the Season

    — With a program of music celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and other holiday traditions, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s Sounds of the Season virtual concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 20 will also premiere two new compositions: “Hanukkah Blessing,” by KSO Music Director Julian Kuerti, and a new interpretation of the carol “O Come, All Ye Faithful” by Rufus Ferguson, a composer, pianist and the KSO’s education manager. Tickets for the concert are being offered on a name-your-price basis, with the suggested price at $54. If you can’t tune in to the live stream, a recording will be accessible for two weeks after the concert. For more information, visit kalamazoosymphony.com.