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Concert offers chance to grieve and unite
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Light Eternal: A Virtual Concert Premiere for Unity and Reflection

The Kalamazoo Bach Festival and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra are partnering to create a musical reflection on the losses of the last year and build a sense of unity in a collaborative concert to be livestreamed at 8 p.m. June 24.

Light Eternal: A Virtual Concert Premiere for Unity and Reflection will combine vocal and orchestral music with spoken-word performances in a concert that will be available for viewing on YouTube. The program will feature Fauré’s Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, a musical metaphor for the dark and light moments of grief, with performances by soprano Jessica Louise Coe and baritone Gerald J. Case-Blanchard. Interspersed between the movements will be poetry by spoken-word artists.

“We’ve all experienced loss over the past year from the global pandemic and have witnessed violence that we have endured as a society. We felt we needed to create a space to reflect, heal, and grieve to bring us closer together as a community,” says Cori Somers, executive director of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival.

Tickets are $5-$99, based on the number of viewers gathering together to experience the performance. The concert will be available for viewing until July 23. For tickets or more information, visit KalamazooBachFestival.org or call 337-7407.