The public is invited to attend and participate in a symphony, of sorts, at 6 p.m. Saturday at St. Cornelius’ Episcopal Church.
The occasion is a dedication concert for the church’s new pipe organ, which was recently installed in the nave in the main sanctuary. The instrument was made in Quebec by the internationally renowned organ-building company Casavant Frčres.
The concert will feature the acclaimed Dr. Jan Kraybill, organ conservator at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Kraybill is the organist-in-residence at the international headquarters of Community of Christ in Independence, Mo., and the organist at Village on Antioch Presbyterian Church in Overland Park.
The recital will feature works by Bach, Holst and Dupré and showcase the symphonic capabilities of the instrument. Two pieces will invite the audience to sing along, choirmaster Kerry Kuplik said.
“Jan’s program will highlight all the different tone colors and tonal capabilities of the organ,” Kuplik said. “This concert will have something for everyone — organ aficionados and those who have never heard a pipe organ will love every minute of it.”
Admission is free, and there will be a reception to follow in the Parish House. The event is sponsored, in part, by the family of the late organist Sharron Raney, who died earlier this year, Kuplik said.
“They knew how highly Sharron thought of Jan and her playing,” he said. “Jan is one of the leading concert and recording artists in the country and we are thrilled that her schedule allowed her to come here to perform.
“Before her passing, Sharron and I talked at length about how wonderful it would be to have Jan play the dedication recital.”
Raney was the organist for St. Cornelius for three decades, Kuplik said.
For information, contact St. Cornelius Episcopal Church, 200 W. Spruce St., at 620-227-6975 or email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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