Center for Arts & Spirituality | Organ Recital Series 2019-2020
Gunter Kennel, Organist
Sunday, September 29, 2019 | 3:00 pm | Sanctuary
Gunter Kennel, Cantor to Berlin, Germany, will present settings of hymns for the liturgical year from Advent through the final Sunday of the church year, showcasing the many new and improved colors and sounds of our newly-restored pipe organ. German composers from all eras plus settings of his own will be featured, providing a chronological sampling of the German art of hymn improvisations from Bach through today. You won't want to miss!
About Gunter Kennel
Gunter Kennel was born in 1961 in the city of Kaiserlautern, Germany. He studied sacred music, organ and theology in Munich and London, where his organ teachers were Franz Lehrndorfer and Nicolas Kynaston. In 1992, he was appointed Kantor, (which means organist and choirmaster), of the Passionskirche and the Kirche Zum Heiligen Kreuz, both of which are located in Berlin-Kreuzberg. From 1990-95, he was also Lecturer of music theory at the Hochschule der Künste. In 2002, he was appointed Landeskirchenmusikdirektor (chief supervisor for sacred music of the protestant „Landeskirche“ (diocese)) of Berlin and Brandenburg. In that function, he is also organist of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche in Berlin. He has produced various CDs on historic organs in the Brandenburg area, as well as published various compositions for choir, organ and other instruments. As a concert organist and conductor he has appeared all over Europe as well as in Israel, South Africa and the United States. Gunter Kennel is also an ordained Protestant pastor and holds the degree of Doctor of Theology; over the years he has published various essays on subjects related to practical theology, theory of music, hymnology and organ building.