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Watch: David Kienzle discusses ...
Watch: David Kienzle discusses choral music at final ConverZations session
David Kienzle, director of music at Christ Church in Canton, offered perspectives of contemporary choral music Monday at the April session of Canton Symphony Orchestra's series of "ConverZations" talks at Zimmermann Symphony Center.
Canton Symphony Orchestra: ConverZations
Dr. David Kienzle, Director of Music at Christ Church in Canton will offer perspectives of contemporary choral music that lead us to the reassuring conclusion: "It's STILL about melody, thank goodness!"
"My favorite music is that which ...
"My favorite music is that which has more deep theological values that are for meditation and contemplation," said David Kienzle, director of music and organ at Christ Presbyterian Church, he said.
"I tend more toward carols that have theological imagery, than pastoral images."
HYMNS AND CAROLS
Kienzle noted that there's a difference between "carols" and Christmas hymns, adding that the word "carol" means "circular dance."
"I'm always tempted to help people learn the difference between carols and Christmas hymns," he said.
"A carol is a type of song used to teach the important events in the life of Christ, using refrains and images of everyday life - the rose the thorn, the holly.
We now have a tendency to call anything a carol, but that's not true historically.
A carol can be for any time of year.
We at Christ Church sing Easter carols and Epiphany carols. 'O, Come All Ye Faithful' is not carol. 'Joy to the World' is not a carol; it's a hymn."
Kienzle cites carols based on great poetry, such as Christina Rossetti's "In the Bleak Midwinter" and William Blake's "The Lamb."
"As part of the music series ...
"As part of the music series this year, we wanted to highlight two musicians - Dianne Williams and Brent Schloneger - who really know how to create an awe-inspiring warmth and resonance in their performances," states David J. Kienzle, Director of Music at Christ Presbyterian Church.
David J. Kienzle
David J. Kienzle, Director ...
David J. Kienzle, Director of Music at Christ Presbyterian Church.