October 20, 2013
Concert Review and Fall Registration
"Steinmann’s Church in Baden was the place to be on May 8th for some of the best choral entertainment to come out of this area in years! Alfred Kunz, the Nith Valley Singers and Music Alive gave us a night to sing along with, dance to, and remember with satisfaction for a good long time. The pieces seemed eclectic in nature, but as always, meshed together for a great show. We had New-age, gospel, disco and pop all rolled together, and interspersed with the warm, funny and folksy music of Erick Traplin. Traplin was also the host for the evening – a job he does with warmth, sincerity and finesse.
The first segment of love songs was well done by the choir and finished with a very powerful performance of “ The Greatest Love Of All” written by Linda Creed in the midst of her struggle with breast cancer. The tender yet strong and determined interpretation that Kunz pulls from the Choir was very uplifting. We enjoyed some A cappella new age pieces and the first segment of Traplin’s music. His humorous, loving and devoted rendition of “45 Years”, as he sang directly to his wife Ruth, was very touching.
The musicians that accompanied the performance were Katrina Lowe on synthesizer, Art Lang on bass, Jim Boudreau on drums, and Jeanette Bauman on piano. They did a most professional and enjoyable job, never over-powering the choral sound.
The gospel section was well-done and well-received, everyone can identify with the message of gospel and the Nith Valley Singers have always done especially well in that genre. We enjoyed some rock ‘n roll with both Traplin and then the choir and finished the evening with Disco-Pop. Let me tell you, Kunz and the choir had the audience dancing in the aisles with Abba's “Dancing Queen”. The choir’s joy in performing had them bouncing on stage and some of the rest of us just had to get up and join them! What fun!
The hall may not have the best acoustics but the choir was balanced and clear, the voices blending well together. There were some powerful voices but for the most part they were controlled and not over-powering. Kunz still does what he’s always done best – brought together people who love to sing and pulled out the most amazing, beautiful and well controlled sound. Great job. Great night. Great music."
Shirley Shearer, May 8, 2013 – New Hamburg ON
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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 fifty years he was the conductor of 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."