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Something Soothing

Festival offers meditative music

Not to be daunted by COVID-19, the Connecting Chords Music Festival will bring its soothing music to audiences this month.

Throughout the month, the Resonance Music Project will be featured at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park St. The project features short recorded works by local musicians in response to selected artwork from the KIA's Unveiling American Genius exhibit.

Also, on Oct. 17, cellist Elizabeth Start and drummer Eric Donovan Lester will present concerts at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 N. Rose St.

The Connecting Chords festival is presented by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music. Ticket prices for events vary. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 382-2910.