The Cuyahoga River Concert Series began in 2011 and brings top quality professional performers from the folk and world music scene to the greater Kent area at an affordable price. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent is a wonderful, intimate venue offering some of the warmest, friendliest acoustics around.
More information on performances and musicians can be found at https://www.facebook.com/cuyahogariverconcerts/
We hope you enjoy this wonderful video created by Rev. Renee Ruchotzke featuring photos by Brad Bolton and music by Hal Walker.
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” ? Victor Hugo
Music is an integral part of the UUCK’s worship program. Led by Music Director Hal Walker, music is a vibrant ministry within our congregation, manifested in a variety of formats to convey emotion, provide inspiration, and express creativity. No matter the style or genre, music in its many forms offers a source of deep spiritual reflection for performers and congregants alike.
Music for Sunday Services
Several groups meet regularly to rehearse from mid-August through mid-June, and perform once or twice a month for Sunday services at 9:45 am and 11:30 am. If you are interested in joining one (or more) of these groups, please contact Hal Walker.
|Open to high school students and up||Sundays 6:30 – 8:00 pm||No auditions, only the desire to sing in an ensemble and connect through music and camaraderie|
The Peace Choir sings from a variety of repertoire including spirituals, folk, bluesy-jazz, Americana, traditional choral works, occasional show tunes, new music, and favorite of all – choral arrangements of Hal Walker’s original songs.
Golden Tones Junior Choir
|Treble (unchanged) voices in grades 3 through 8||Wednesdays 4:30 – 5:30 pm||No auditions required|
The Golden Tones (of Real Beauty) junior choir’s angelic voices bring infectious enthusiasm to worship. The Golden Tones sing from a variety of repertoire suitable to their voice range, and often incorporate movement into their performances.
Fallow Time Folk Orchestra
The Fallow Time Folk Orchestra is a chamber ensemble for instrumentalists of all kinds, including strings, horns, winds, brass, guitar family, rhythm or more uncommon instruments such as accordion or harp.
The Tone Chimers is a unique musical experience for all ages that requires great teamwork. Each player holds two “Tone chimes” (like hand bells) and strikes the chimes as written on the page.
More Music Ministry
Cuyahoga River Concerts
The Cuyahoga River Concert series, held in the intimate venue of the UUCK, brings top quality professional performers from the folk and/or world music scene to the greater Kent area for a very affordable price. For details on upcoming performances, visit the Cuyahoga River Concerts Facebook page.
Sacred Song Circle
The Sacred Song Circle is a spiritual practice which uses a capella group singing to create sacred space and foster community. The group is open to all, drop ins are welcome. We gather around 6:00 pm on Thursday evenings, and sing from 6:15 until 6:45.
In addition to the groups above, there are other musical groups who have formed inside the church, and are happy to welcome new members and participants! These include the Celtic Clan, the “Geezers”, the “Tarnished Brass” brass choir, and a monthly Community Sing.
If you have any musical interests not yet represented, the UUCK is the place to launch your idea! For more details or contact information, contact Hal Walker.
“Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startles out wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto.”?Ralph Waldo Emerson
HAL WALKER, MUSIC DIRECTOR
Hal Walker grew up in Kent, OH, blowing the harmonica along the banks of the Cuyahoga River. That early start led him to be one of NE Ohio’s foremost singers, songwriters, multi-instrumentalists and composer/arrangers. His passion and engaging improvisational folk style adds a unique dimension to the musical life of Kent’s UU Church. Hal writes soul-searching songs that celebrate community, diversity, peace, understanding and the creative process. To date, he has released three albums of his songs and one CD of instrumental music.
Hal enhances the message of each service with his musical contributions through singing, playing guitar, piano, harmonica, the khaen (traditional Thai instrument), jew’s harp or concertina, just to name a few. Hal has served as the music director at the UUCK since 1995.
In addition, as an educator, Hal enjoys ongoing collaborations with Ohio arts organizations. He is on the roster of artists of the Ohio Arts Council Arts Learning program and Young Audiences of Northeastern Ohio. He is a director and resident composer for the Summit Children’s Choir, and the resident musician for the Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Department.
Whether it’s the UUCK Choir, Youth Choir, Folk Orchestra, other member/friend ensembles, Hal as soloist or in combination with other performers, plus talented special guests – visitors, members and friends to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent will find their hearts and souls moved and enriched through experiencing the church’s many musical offerings.
More about music in Unitarian Universalism:
- “UU Congregations Home to Diverse Musical Groups” from UU World
- “Choirs Bring a ‘Heart Connection’” from UU World
- “Music Programs Key to Congregational Life” from UU World
- Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network