About two months ago, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection installed its new Rodgers 588 three manual organ, just in time for Easter.
But now, the state-of-the-art instrument — a gift from two congregation members — is ready for its official debut.
On May 17, the church at 9100 Mission Road in Prairie Village will dedicate the organ at 2 p.m. with a concert that will cover baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary music.
On May 16, a workshop will allow interested local organists the opportunity to play the roughly $50,000 piece.
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For the dedication concert, the organ’s two donors (Wayne Alexander and John Braum) have invited these artists to perform.
▪ Jan Kraybill, organ conservator, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts; principal organist, Dome and Spire of Community of Christ, Independence
▪ Neil Weston, Royal Academy of Music, London; former organist for Chelmsford Cathedral, England; Rodgers Instruments Midwest District Manager
▪ Mario Pearson, organist, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Kansas City.
▪ John Schaefer, organist, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City
▪ Thomas Zachacz, organist, Redeemer Lutheran, Olathe
▪ O. Wayne Smith, organist, Holy Cross Lutheran, Overland Park
▪ William T. Stewart, organist, Immanuel Lutheran, Kansas City
▪ Richard Jeric, organist, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Prairie Village
▪ Jessica Koebbe, organist, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe
▪ Patricia Latshaw, flutist, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Prairie Village
▪ Rebecca Trites, soprano soloist, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Prairie Village
Admission is free but early arrival is suggested. A reception follows from 3:15-3:45 p.m.
The May 16 organists workshop is from 6-9 p.m. at the church, beginning with hors d’oeuvres and wine. Weston will lead the workshop, and a $10 fee will be charged. For more information, contact Craig Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or Braum at email@example.com.
| Elaine Garrison, firstname.lastname@example.org