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The below calendar includes all events open to the public.  Private events are not listed.

Previous events

Feb22

I always enjoy helping young people enjoy music! I'll be playing keyboards on stage for this program.

From the KC Symphony website:

LINK UP: THE ORCHESTRA MOVES

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 @ 10am & 11:30am Wednesday, February 21, 2024 @ 10am & 11:30am Thursday, February 22, 2024 @ 10am & 11:30am

All tickets are $2. The Symphony no longer offers a ticket including a recorder. Schools are responsible for providing recorders to students.

Play and sing with the orchestra in this fun and engaging program from the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall.

By any definition, music moves. As organized sound, music moves through time. We can perceive music as moving through space from high to low, filling the spaces in between with harmonies, timbres, and textures. Music moves us, evoking a full range of emotional responses, and music compels us to move our bodies and create dance. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover all the interwoven ways in which the orchestra moves. Tickets are $2 per person. All orders of 50 or more seats will incur a one time $10 administrative fee.

Feb22

I always enjoy helping young people enjoy music! I'll be playing keyboards on stage for this program.

From the KC Symphony website:

LINK UP: THE ORCHESTRA MOVES

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 @ 10am & 11:30am Wednesday, February 21, 2024 @ 10am & 11:30am Thursday, February 22, 2024 @ 10am & 11:30am

All tickets are $2. The Symphony no longer offers a ticket including a recorder. Schools are responsible for providing recorders to students.

Play and sing with the orchestra in this fun and engaging program from the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall.

By any definition, music moves. As organized sound, music moves through time. We can perceive music as moving through space from high to low, filling the spaces in between with harmonies, timbres, and textures. Music moves us, evoking a full range of emotional responses, and music compels us to move our bodies and create dance. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover all the interwoven ways in which the orchestra moves. Tickets are $2 per person. All orders of 50 or more seats will incur a one time $10 administrative fee.

Feb21

I always enjoy helping young people enjoy music! I'll be playing keyboards on stage for this program.

From the KC Symphony website:

LINK UP: THE ORCHESTRA MOVES

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 @ 10am & 11:30am Wednesday, February 21, 2024 @ 10am & 11:30am Thursday, February 22, 2024 @ 10am & 11:30am

All tickets are $2. The Symphony no longer offers a ticket including a recorder. Schools are responsible for providing recorders to students.

Play and sing with the orchestra in this fun and engaging program from the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall.

By any definition, music moves. As organized sound, music moves through time. We can perceive music as moving through space from high to low, filling the spaces in between with harmonies, timbres, and textures. Music moves us, evoking a full range of emotional responses, and music compels us to move our bodies and create dance. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover all the interwoven ways in which the orchestra moves. Tickets are $2 per person. All orders of 50 or more seats will incur a one time $10 administrative fee.

Feb21

I always enjoy helping young people enjoy music! I'll be playing keyboards on stage for this program.

From the KC Symphony website:

LINK UP: THE ORCHESTRA MOVES

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 @ 10am & 11:30am Wednesday, February 21, 2024 @ 10am & 11:30am Thursday, February 22, 2024 @ 10am & 11:30am

All tickets are $2. The Symphony no longer offers a ticket including a recorder. Schools are responsible for providing recorders to students.

Play and sing with the orchestra in this fun and engaging program from the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall.

By any definition, music moves. As organized sound, music moves through time. We can perceive music as moving through space from high to low, filling the spaces in between with harmonies, timbres, and textures. Music moves us, evoking a full range of emotional responses, and music compels us to move our bodies and create dance. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover all the interwoven ways in which the orchestra moves. Tickets are $2 per person. All orders of 50 or more seats will incur a one time $10 administrative fee.

Feb20

I always enjoy helping young people enjoy music! I'll be playing keyboards on stage for this program.

From the KC Symphony website:

LINK UP: THE ORCHESTRA MOVES

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 @ 10am & 11:30am Wednesday, February 21, 2024 @ 10am & 11:30am Thursday, February 22, 2024 @ 10am & 11:30am

All tickets are $2. The Symphony no longer offers a ticket including a recorder. Schools are responsible for providing recorders to students.

Play and sing with the orchestra in this fun and engaging program from the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall.

By any definition, music moves. As organized sound, music moves through time. We can perceive music as moving through space from high to low, filling the spaces in between with harmonies, timbres, and textures. Music moves us, evoking a full range of emotional responses, and music compels us to move our bodies and create dance. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover all the interwoven ways in which the orchestra moves. Tickets are $2 per person. All orders of 50 or more seats will incur a one time $10 administrative fee.

Feb20

I always enjoy helping young people enjoy music! I'll be playing keyboards on stage for this program.

From the KC Symphony website:

LINK UP: THE ORCHESTRA MOVES

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 @ 10am & 11:30am Wednesday, February 21, 2024 @ 10am & 11:30am Thursday, February 22, 2024 @ 10am & 11:30am

All tickets are $2. The Symphony no longer offers a ticket including a recorder. Schools are responsible for providing recorders to students.

Play and sing with the orchestra in this fun and engaging program from the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall.

By any definition, music moves. As organized sound, music moves through time. We can perceive music as moving through space from high to low, filling the spaces in between with harmonies, timbres, and textures. Music moves us, evoking a full range of emotional responses, and music compels us to move our bodies and create dance. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover all the interwoven ways in which the orchestra moves. Tickets are $2 per person. All orders of 50 or more seats will incur a one time $10 administrative fee.

Wow, a quarter century of Super Bowl Sundays with organ concerts! My 25th annual SBS concert will be a milestone celebration. The theme will be "Most Valuable Players" -- we'll look at MVPs of the organ world, including Bach and Widor (the best-known composers for organ), Michael Barone (who just celebrated 40 years as host of PIPEDREAMS, the nation's longest-running program devoted to organ music), John Obetz (my predecessor as Community of Christ's principal organist), ground-breaking women organist/composers, the most popular guest artist from the past 25 years of SBS concerts, and more.

For many of these past twenty-five years, our Kansas City Chiefs gave us things to celebrate during their seasons but didn't quite make it to the final victory. However, the last two times I played this concert in person (2020 and 2023, interrupted by COVID) the Chiefs WON the Superbowl! So, I consider this concert part of their good-luck charms. And they've made it to the big game again this year! As is my tradition when they are in the Superbowl, I'll open the concert with a piece in their honor.

The venue for this year's concert, for the first time since 2018, is Community of Christ TEMPLE, the spiral-shaped building in the photo. Come join me in celebrating great music, a great pipe organ, and a great team!

Planned repertoire includes:

GO CHIEFS! Improvisation on football themes

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750): “Fiddle” fugue in D minor, BWV 539b

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR (1844–1937): Intermezzo from Symphony No. 6 for Organ

HEINZ WERNER ZIMMERMANN (1930-2022): Orgel Psalmen (Organ Psalms)

LEO SOWERBY (1896-1968): Pageant

LEROY ANDERSON (1908-1975): The Typewriter

ELFRIDA ANDRÉE (1841-1929): Organ Symphony No. 1 in B minor

GUNNAR IDENSTAM (b. 1961): Menuet nordique from Cathedral Music

MARCEL DUPRÉ (1886-1971): Prelude and Fugue in B Major, Op. 7, No. 1

Feb10

These movie events, with a huge screen above the live orchestra providing the music, are always so much fun! I'll be playing keyboards on stage.

From the Kansas City Symphony website:

Gonzalo Farias, guest conductor

A search for lost pirate treasure takes a band of misfit kids on a wild adventure. Experience director Richard Donner’s 1985 fantasy film favorite like never before, as the Kansas City Symphony performs the memorable score live to the movie shown on a giant screen in Helzberg Hall.

Feb9

These movie events, with a huge screen above the live orchestra providing the music, are always so much fun! I'll be playing keyboards on stage.

From the Kansas City Symphony website:

Gonzalo Farias, guest conductor

A search for lost pirate treasure takes a band of misfit kids on a wild adventure. Experience director Richard Donner’s 1985 fantasy film favorite like never before, as the Kansas City Symphony performs the memorable score live to the movie shown on a giant screen in Helzberg Hall.

Feb8

These movie events, with a huge screen above the live orchestra providing the music, are always so much fun! I'll be playing keyboards on stage.

From the Kansas City Symphony website:

Gonzalo Farias, guest conductor

A search for lost pirate treasure takes a band of misfit kids on a wild adventure. Experience director Richard Donner’s 1985 fantasy film favorite like never before, as the Kansas City Symphony performs the memorable score live to the movie shown on a giant screen in Helzberg Hall.

Jan21

Jan Kraybill solo organ concert: "Joining Voices"

(CST, UTC-06) (CST, UTC-06)

University Baptist Church, 2130 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705

Each of the pipes in an organ can speak at only one pitch, one volume, and one tone color. By definition, then, a pipe organ is a community of voices. University Baptist's organ, recently built by R.A. Colby, is an exceptional community. This program is designed to celebrate the rich variety of this instrument’s many voices, in its dedicatory concert.

The dedicatory service at 11:00am Sunday morning will be live-streamed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilPpI58obig

The dedicatory recital at 1:30pm Sunday afternoon will be live-streamed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwkZKKK3ssU

The bulletin for both events is available here: https://pubhtml5.com/ktyx/oher/

Planned repertoire for the recital includes:

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR (1844-1937): Intermezzo from Symphony No. 6 for Organ

ANDREA GABRIELI (c.1533-1585): Canzon detta Qui la dira (Who Will Say?)

GUSTAV HOLST (1874-1934): Chaconne from First Suite for Military Band, Op. 28, No. 1

CHARLES FRANÇOIS GOUNOD (1818-1893), transcr. by W.T. Best: Marche funèbre d'une marionette (Funeral March of a Marionette)

GUNNAR IDENSTAM (b. 1961): Menuet nordique from Cathedral Music

LEO SOWERBY (1895-1968): Pageant

MARY BETH BENNETT (b. 1954): Hommage à Langlais: Song of Peace in a Time of War

RALPH SIMPSON (b. 1933): King of Kings

PAUL AYRES (b. 1970): Toccatina on "Here Comes the Sun" (based on the song by George Harrison)

MARCEL DUPRÉ (1886-1971): Prelude and Fugue in B Major, Op. 7, No. 1

Jan8

Workshop: "E-E-E Practice: Effective, Efficient, and Excellent"

(EST, UTC-05) (EST, UTC-05)

via Zoom

All of us have lots of practicing to do and never enough time in which to do it. In this workshop, sponsored by the Greater Columbia (SC) chapter of the American Guild of Organists, I'll present tips and tricks for "E-E-E" Practice: making your practice sessions more Effective and Efficient, so that you will more quickly achieve Excellence -- and have fun! This is a chance to renew or kickstart you best practice habits.

I'll be using keyboard practice as illustration, because that's my "native language," but these skills are transferrable to any activity needing practice. All are welcome, and the workshop is free.

Visit the Greater Columbia chapter's website at https://www.columbiaago.org/program.html for details.

Dec24

[from the KC Symphony website:]

Jason Seber, guest conductor

See one of Tim Burton's most celebrated films like never before! The full feature film, "The Nightmare Before Christmas," will be projected in its entirety on a giant screen in Helzberg Hall with dialogue, singing and effects, accompanied by Danny Elfman's darkly charming score played live by your Kansas City Symphony.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. ©Disney. All rights reserved. MPAA Rating: PG

Visit https://tickets.kcsymphony.org/events for tickets.

I'm pleased to join the cool kids on stage, playing keyboards for this event. These films are always so much fun!

[from the KC Symphony website:]

Jason Seber, guest conductor

See one of Tim Burton's most celebrated films like never before! The full feature film, "The Nightmare Before Christmas," will be projected in its entirety on a giant screen in Helzberg Hall with dialogue, singing and effects, accompanied by Danny Elfman's darkly charming score played live by your Kansas City Symphony.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. ©Disney. All rights reserved. MPAA Rating: PG

Visit https://tickets.kcsymphony.org/events for tickets.

I'm pleased to join the cool kids on stage, playing keyboards for this event. These films are always so much fun!

[from the KC Symphony website:]

Jason Seber, guest conductor

See one of Tim Burton's most celebrated films like never before! The full feature film, "The Nightmare Before Christmas," will be projected in its entirety on a giant screen in Helzberg Hall with dialogue, singing and effects, accompanied by Danny Elfman's darkly charming score played live by your Kansas City Symphony.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. ©Disney. All rights reserved. MPAA Rating: PG

Visit https://tickets.kcsymphony.org/events for tickets.

I'm pleased to join the cool kids on stage, playing keyboards for this event. These films are always so much fun!

[from the KC Symphony website:]

Jason Seber, guest conductor

See one of Tim Burton's most celebrated films like never before! The full feature film, "The Nightmare Before Christmas," will be projected in its entirety on a giant screen in Helzberg Hall with dialogue, singing and effects, accompanied by Danny Elfman's darkly charming score played live by your Kansas City Symphony.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. ©Disney. All rights reserved. MPAA Rating: PG

Visit https://tickets.kcsymphony.org/events for tickets.

I'm pleased to join the cool kids on stage, playing keyboards for this event. These films are always so much fun!

Te Deum chamber choir: Lessons and Carols for Today

(CST, UTC-06) (CST, UTC-06)

Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66208

[from Te Deum's website:]

Lessons and Carols for Today offers a modern twist on the Anglican tradition of interspersing biblical passages with choral and congregational singing. Collaborating with Kansas City poet Natasha Ria El-Scari, Natasha will write and perform new poetry to replace the traditional biblical lessons, delivering modern and collective reflections on the Nativity story. Te Deum will sing a wide variety of familiar and less familiar Christmas music, and the audience will have their own opportunity to join in thoughtful and hope-filled singing.

I'm pleased to be the organist for these concerts at two venues and two very different significant pipe organs in Kansas City.

Te Deum chamber choir: Lessons and Carols for Today

(CST, UTC-06) (CST, UTC-06)

St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 1307 Holmes St, Kansas City, MO 64106

[from Te Deum's website:]

Lessons and Carols for Today offers a modern twist on the Anglican tradition of interspersing biblical passages with choral and congregational singing. Collaborating with Kansas City poet Natasha Ria El-Scari, Natasha will write and perform new poetry to replace the traditional biblical lessons, delivering modern and collective reflections on the Nativity story. Te Deum will sing a wide variety of familiar and less familiar Christmas music, and the audience will have their own opportunity to join in thoughtful and hope-filled singing.

I'm pleased to be the organist for these concerts at two venues and two very different significant pipe organs in Kansas City.

Dec17

[from the KC Symphony website]

Caleb Young, guest conductor

Blaine Krauss, vocalist

Allegro Choirs of Kansas City, Christy Elsner, founder and director

Kansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy, chorus director

Festive fun for your family! Kansas City’s grandest holiday concert returns as the Symphony and Symphony Chorus present unique musical arrangements of cherished Christmas carols, songs of the season, a family sing-along, plus exciting guest vocalists for a healthy dose of Christmas cheer. Plus, an early visit from Santa!

I'm pleased to join this annual event, playing keyboards on stage.

Dec17

[from the KC Symphony website]

Caleb Young, guest conductor

Blaine Krauss, vocalist

Allegro Choirs of Kansas City, Christy Elsner, founder and director

Kansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy, chorus director

Festive fun for your family! Kansas City’s grandest holiday concert returns as the Symphony and Symphony Chorus present unique musical arrangements of cherished Christmas carols, songs of the season, a family sing-along, plus exciting guest vocalists for a healthy dose of Christmas cheer. Plus, an early visit from Santa!

I'm pleased to join this annual event, playing keyboards on stage.