Contemporary Choral Music is Subject of Next ConverZations
CANTON, OHIO (April 5, 2016) – The Canton Symphony Orchestra’s free ConverZations lecture series concludes its season on Monday April 11 at 12:00p.m. with Dr. David Kienzle presenting “Contemporary Choral Music”. ConverZations are free public discussions featuring a variety of musicians and music-lovers alike. The series, sponsored by T. K. and Faye A. Heston, is held at noon in the Zimmermann Symphony Center (The Z), 2331 17th St. NW, Canton, on the second Monday of every month from October 2015 to April 2016.
David J. Kienzle has been Director of Music at Christ Presbyterian Church in Canton, Ohio, since February of 1998. As organist, he is responsible for playing and directing all services and choirs, as well as administering the Christ Church Concert Series. Under Kienzle’s leadership, the musicians of Christ Church have release two professionally recorded CDs with national critical acclaim, both heard regularly on “Pipe Dreams” as broadcast on NPR stations. He holds degrees from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati; Kent State University; and Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. He has served Episcopal, Roman Catholic, and Presbyterian churches in Memphis, TN, Cincinnati, OH, Livingston, N.J.; and Salem, OR. From September 2007 to June 2009 he was Music Director of the Ohio Boychoir, based in Berea. Additionally, Kienzle is organ soloist and accompanist on four discs recorded with the Memphis Boychoir and Memphis Chamber Choir under the direction of John Ayer on the Pro Organo label.
For the ConverZations discussion, Dr. Kienzle, in his own description, “will offer perspectives of contemporary choral music that lead us to the reassuring conclusion: ‘It’s STILL about melody, thank goodness!’”. The program will also include a preview of the popular “Lux Aeterna” by Morton Johannes Lauridsen which will be performed by the Canton Symphony Orchestra and Chorus on the MasterWorks concert on April 23. ConverZations attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch, and the orchestra provides a light dessert. For more information on ConverZations lectures and other events run by the Canton Symphony Orchestra, visit www.cantonsymphony.org/converzations.
Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain residents of Stark County and beyond. The orchestra performs classical, holiday, casual, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center, at 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.