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Evening Prayer
by composer/pianist Kurt Kaiser
Kurt Kaiser (1934 to 2018) was an American composer and pianist. Kurt Kaiser was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on December 17th 1934. He studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago while earning two degrees from Northwestern University, having grown up performing piano at various venues throughout the city. As early as at 12 years of age, he had been playing piano and organ for 'live' radio on 'WMBI', and at 15 spent more than a year in Billings, Montana, doing the same for 'KGHL'. He also accompanied other musicians while playing at religious revivals and church events throughout the Northwest, meeting his future bride, Patricia Anderson, during this period. After his time in Billings, he spent a year and a half travelling with basso Bill Carle before entering the American Conservatory of Music at the age of eighteen. Kaiser joined 'Word Inc.' in 1959 as director of A&R, later becoming its vice president and director of music. While accruing more than 300 copyrighted songs, he arranged and produced albums for many national and international artists such as George Beverly Shea, Jerome Hines, Burl Ives, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Ethel Waters, Ken Medema, Joni Eareckson Tada, Anne Martindale Williams, 'Christopher Adkins & Stephen Nielson', Christopher Parkening and Kathleen Battle. He led numerous choral workshops, performed in concert and recorded eighteen solo albums at the piano, receiving a "Dove Award" for his album "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs" on the 'Sparrow' label. For more than 50 years Kaiser influenced modern day church music, and his compositions found their way into many regular church hymnals. He and composer Ralph Carmichael co-wrote the first broadly popular youth musical, "Tell It Like It Is", sparking an explosion of popularity in this new genre of contemporary Christian music, and several other of their productions followed as churches, colleges and universities requested to stage them. He was possibly best-known for the songs "Pass It On" and "Oh How He Loves You and Me", though he continued to focus his main thoughts on composing more traditional church music, many of which featured on his album "The Lost Art of Listening". His Christmas composition "One Quiet Night" was first premiered by the 'Waco Symphony', and in 1999 he travelled to Sweden at the request of the US Ambassador to perform with a string quartet and soloist at a gala Christmas gathering of guests and dignitaries at the Museum of History in Stockholm. Kaiser was awarded a special Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1992 (for his contributions to the Christian music industry), and in November 2001 was inducted into the "Gospel Music Hall of Fame". He received an Honorary Doctorate in Sacred Music degree from Trinity College in Illinois and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters degree from Baylor University, especially enjoying associations with the latter through their music programmes and his five years conducting their 'Baylor Religious Hour Choir'. He served as president of the Waco Symphony Association and was a board member for the Christian Music Publishers Association as well as the Gospel Music Association. Since their 1956 wedding, he and his wife had had four children, ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Kurt Kaiser died in Waco after a long struggle with health issues on November 12th 2018, aged 83.
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Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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