March 26, 2013
Music For the Love of It - a concert spilling over with music from many different genre. For the Love of gospel, love songs, new age, musical themes, anthems, folks songs and rock and roll! We believe in the celebration of music through many styles, themes, and genre. Our choirs will share their excitement and joy of music with the audiences and the audiences will sing-a-long!
Come share in this experience by spending a delightful night with Dr. Alfred Kunz and his choirs (Music Alive and the Nith Valley Singers) on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Benton Street Baptist Church in Kitchener. A second performance will be on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Steinmann Mennonite Church on Snyder's Road West in Baden. Both evenings will begin at 7:30pm. Doors will open at 6:30pm.
Our special guest and narrator will be KW’s entertainer and soloist, Erick Traplin. Instrumental ensemble will consist of piano, two synthesizers, double bass, and percussion. The program will feature gospel tunes such as Michael Row That Gospel Boat, Shout, Shout Hallelujah, and The Battle Hymn., Love songs featured are The Greatest Love of All, When I Fall In Love, To Where You Are, and How Deep Is Your Love., Theme songs from some favourite musicals are Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (Hair), Ease on Down the Road (The Wiz), You’re the One That I Want (Grease), and Dancing Queen (Mamma Mia), As a special addition to the program, the Millennium Choir will add new age music to their repertoire. Deep Peace – Bill Douglas’ setting of a 1800’s Celtic Blessing, and China Roses with music by Enya.
Music For the Love of It is dedicated to all people who want to enjoy a night of wonderful music to lift their spirits. See Choir Associations for details.
As noted in the University of Waterloo citation for Alfred Kunz's honorary doctorate:
"A national treasure in the field of composition and choral conducting, Alfred Kunz has contributed his enormous creative and organizational energies to the musical culture of the German Canadian community, in general, and to the Kitchener-Waterloo community, in particular, since 1955. For forty years he has been involved with the Concordia Club Choirs and is the driving spirit behind the founding of several choral groups, including the Waterloo Regional Police Male Chorus, the Bach Kantate Singers, the Joshua Singers, the Nith Valley Singers, Music Alive Choral Organization, and the Millennium Concert Choir.
For a decade and a half during the early years of the University of Waterloo, Alfred Kunz was involved in music making with the campus community. During this time he organized choirs and presented many challenging performances drawn from the classical repertoire as well as from his own work. As a composer, his works have been performed by various professional and amateur organizations across Canada and, indeed, in Europe. He is prolific, and inclined to the avant-garde.
Alfred Kunz is committed to the concept of music as a life skill rather than as a performance technique. His work has consistently demonstrated his unflagging commitment to the very ideal of music and to music itself as a necessity for a truly humane society.
As a composer, choral director, arranger, and music coach, Mr. Kunz has demonstrated an extraordinary capacity to make music not for the few but for the many: the common property of all."