February 24, 2014
Thank You For the Music!
Thank you for the music, the songs I'm singing.
Thanks for all the joy they're bringing.
Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty,
What would life be?
Without a song or a dance, what are we?
So I say thank you for the music,
For giving it to me.
The Millennium Choral Organization (Music Alive and the Nith Valley Singers), is looking forward to a music tribute concert entitled "Thank You for the Music". Come hear the music made famous by:
Michael Buble - "Hold On"
Huey Lewis and the News - "The Power of Love"
Sammy Davis Jr. - "I've Gotta Be Me"
Blues Brothers - "Flip, Flop and Fly"
Medley from "Sister Act"
Bette Midler - "The Wind Beneath My Wings"
The Mamas and the Papas - "Dream a Little Dream of Me"
Roy Orbison - "Oh, Pretty Woman"
Jackie Wilson - "Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher"
Elvis Presley - "Burning Love"
Frank Sinatra - "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die"
The Beatles - "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
Abba - "Thank You For the Music"
Of course no concert would be complete without a special guest to add a rockin' tribute of none other than "Buddy Holly and the Crickets"! Christian Bellsmith was born in Guelph, Ontario and grew up in the small town of New Hamburg where he began his musical career singing in Alfred Kunz's choirs. Since graduating from Sheridan College's Theatre School in 1998, Christian has been performing in major roles at venues across Canada, primarily with the highly respected Drayton Entertainment Group, as well as The Diesel Playhouse and Stage West Dinner Theatre. Christian has always been an avid Buddy Holly fan and is excited to "rave on" with two segments of Buddy Holly music in these concerts.
The Brampton Guardian said, "Christian is a dead ringer for Buddy Holly. His persuasive portrayal goes much further than an uncanny physical resemblance. His youthful exuberance, hint of rebellion and bang-on vocals take theatre goers back to the time when his unapologetic love of rock 'n' roll made Holly a star."
Richard Ouzounian at The Toronto Star said, "Not only is Christian an excellent singer and guitar player, but he radiates that boyish charm and incandescent love of performing that made Holly such a star in his all-too-brief career."
For more information regarding our spring concerts go to CHOIR ASSOCIATIONS tab on this website or check out our Millennium Choral Facebook Page by clicking on the link below.
YouTube - Millennium Choral Organization Page
Facebook - Millennium Choral Organization Page
Dr. Alfred Kunz
Artistic Director, Conductor, Composer, Arranger, Vocal Coach and Publisher.
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."