CAS Organ Series: Gunter Kennel

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 KennelGunter 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.


About the Center for the Arts & Spirituality

Normandale Lutheran Church believes that nurturing the arts is an avenue for the growth of one's spiritual journey. Understanding that all gifts are given from God in Jesus Christ, we facilitate and encourage artistic expression.

cas logoThe Center for the Arts & Spirituality (CAS) strives to cultivate the arts and spirituality in a variety of ways. In addition to written expression, the visual and performing arts invite all to find God in ways beyond words. Sculpture, poetry, music, movement, dance, and more allow us to express our faith and grow on our spiritual journey.

Throughout the year, CAS hosts Faith in the Arts, an intergenerational and interactive way to engage in various forms of art. The inaugural 2016-2017 season kicked off with Peace through the Visual Arts and also included a music event, Light Eternal, featuring composer Cary John Franklin and Cantus. The 2017-2018 and 2018-19 seasons brought a literary arts event, Seeking the Spiritual in Prose and Poetry, and two visits from Theodicy Jazz Collective, among other events. As we head into the coming 2019-2020 season, our focus will turn toward our newly renovated organ (to be completed this summer). Each season brings festival events, workshops, and opportunities for all ages.

Center for the Arts & Spirituality Workshops are held throughout the year and are open to all. Many of the workshops and classes will be with artists featured in the Faith in the Arts series. Other workshops will be held in the summer months, such as the annual summer Brass Workshop.

In addition, a cultivated concert series brings music to all. From the Minneapolis Civic Orchestra Family Concert to the National Lutheran Choir, the concert series brings exceptional music and makes it accessible to all.

For those interested in music lessons, CAS offers applied music lessons with select instructors teaching a variety of instruments for those of all ages wishing to study music.

Most events are free and all are open to the public.

If you have any questions, please contact David Clarke, Director of Music and Worship at Normandale Lutheran Church, at / 952.929.1697 x366.

The Center for the Arts & Spirituality is led by: Kris Bigalk, David Clarke, Andrea Humphrey, Suzanne Klein, David Linne, and Dorothy Scott.