Music

Cuyahoga River Concert Series: Mustard's Retreat - March 12, 8:00 pm

On Saturday, March 12, join us at 8 PM for an intimate and engaging evening with “Mustard’s Retreat”.
David Tamulevich and Michael Hough have been playing for over forty years and have delighted audiences in over 4,000 shows.  Musically, they are grounded in the early traditional 60s folk music, were influenced by the songwriters of that time, and their shows represent an eclectic blend of music, old and new, with a big dash of storytelling.

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3rd Annual UU've Got Talent - November 14, 2015

An Evening of Musical Variety 
November 14, 2015     7:30 pm  $15 suggested donation

Our amazingly musical church community has been working hard to prepare for “the big show.” All proceeds from this concert go directly toward continuing to fund the essential position of accompanist for our choir.  Please help us meet our goal of raising $1,000!

Don’t miss what has become a UUCK musical tradition.  We need YOU to take your place in the aud…

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Cuyahoga River Concerts - Upcoming

Plan ahead:

September 19:  Hal Walker / Matt Watroba
September 27:  Special “Hey Mavis” concert at the Kent Stage – part of the Capital Campaign Kickoff weekend   To purchase your ticket(s) visit The Kent Stage: http://www.thekentstage.com/
October 17:  Neil Jacobs

To purchase tickets online for concerts held at the Church: UUCK Online Store

For more information on the concerts and performers: Cuyahoga River Concerts Facebook Page

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Cuyahoga River Concert Series Kick Off: August 15, 2015 featuring Magpie!

Stop by our table in Fessenden during Coffee Hour!

Favorite performers “Magpie” will start off the Fall 2015 Season on Saturday, August 15th at 8:00 pm.  Come and enjoy the beautiful harmony and powerful voices of Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner.  An outstanding guitarist, Greg’s playing and fingerstyle approach form the solid basis of their sound.  They describe their eclectic repertoire as a musical rainbow, so come prepared to hear tradition…

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UU’ve Got Talent: An Evening of Musical Variety - October 11, 2014

October 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Enjoy the 2nd annual fundraiser to support the music program of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Kent. Just wait till you witness the quality of musical talent coming out of this community of regular everyday people from around Kent. From solo piano to youth singing duets to small ensembles of Classical, Klezmer, Jazz, Folk and Rock, just about anything is possible.  Tickets are $15 at the door.

Tickets:  $15…

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Cuyahoga River Concert – Saturday, September 20 at 8 PM

Featuring Hal Walker and Matt Watroba
These two guys come together just about once a year to create an unforgettable evening of song, spirit, laughs and unique musical combinations. Join Michigan master song leader and story teller, Matt Watroba on a journey into the joy of singing in community. Matt’s original songs and infectious smile will delight your heart. Kent’s own, Hal Walker will top off the evening with his unique approach to making m…

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2014 Summer Institute Videos

View a collection of over 20 videos taken by Dan Flippo during the 2014 Ohio-Meadville District Summer Institute

Weather Report: Story of a Rain Storm
http://youtu.be/jh0RB42m4tw
Harmonatrix: Earth Song
http://youtu.be/Tahyrv3rlqA
Celtic Clan: The Sally Gardens & Floral Dance/ Shepherd’s Hey
http://youtu.be/A25ThUIpBnY
D.E.S.I.R.E.: Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve & Bransle de la Reine
http://youtu.be/lyd3ocKZNhE
Clowning A…

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Ohio-Meadville District Summer Institute

2014 Summer Institute Slideshow

Check out the Official 2014 Ohio-Meadville District Summer Institute slideshow featuring photos by Brad Bolton and the music of Hal Walker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyry1R5Jm_4&feature=youtu.be

 

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Ohio-Meadville District Summer Institute

The UUCK and the Cuyahoga River Concert Series present: Magpie

Magpie

April 12  8:00 pm

$10 donation at the door

call 810-265-4007 to reserve tickets.

Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner began to play music together in Kent, Ohio in September of 1973.  In the years since then, they have traveled and toured extensively, performed in concerts, at folk clubs and festivals around the world, and recorded many times.  Magpie has always embraced a musical rainbow, and with impressive proficiency in each different ge…

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Hal-elujah! Hal Walker CDs Now Available

I have compiled Hal’s best performances during Sunday morning services at church over the last 6 years into one critically acclaimed* CD, now available at church on Sunday mornings. They are $10 each, with all proceeds going to the music program at church. Revel in Hal’s original masterpieces! Wonder at his ability to play two instruments at once! Be amazed at John Marfy’s jaw harp prowess! Hear Hallie transition from a girl into a young lady!

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“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” ? Victor Hugo


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Photo by Brad Bolton

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.

Peace Choir

Ages Rehearsal Music Level
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.

Photo by Brad Bolton
Photo by Brad Bolton

Golden Tones Junior Choir

Ages Rehearsal Music Level
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.

Photo by Brad Bolton
Photo by Brad Bolton

Fallow Time Folk Orchestra

Ages Rehearsal Music Level
Open to high school students and up Thursdays 7:00 – 8:30 pm Ability to read music is essential

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.

Tone Chimers

Ages Rehearsal Music Level
All ages Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:30 pm Ability to read music is essential

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.

Photo by Brad Bolton
Photo by Brad Bolton

Photo by Brad Bolton
Photo by Brad Bolton

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.

…AND MORE!

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


 

Photo by Brad Bolton
Photo by Brad Bolton

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.

Contact Hal here.


 

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.


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