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New organ at Lutheran Church gets official dedication May 17

The new church organ at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Prairie Village will be dedicated next weekend. On May 16, a workshop will allow interested local organists the opportunity to play it. Neil Weston (left), fine tuned the organ when it was installed about two months ago at the church. C.J. Scheppers and Steve Santee looked on.
The new church organ at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Prairie Village will be dedicated next weekend. On May 16, a workshop will allow interested local organists the opportunity to play it. Neil Weston (left), fine tuned the organ when it was installed about two months ago at the church. C.J. Scheppers and Steve Santee looked on. The Kansas City Star

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.

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 pianomancs@sbcglobal.net or Braum at johnwayne66@sbcglobal.net.

| Elaine Garrison, egarrison@kcstar.com

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