Previous events

Feb28

Kansas City Symphony and Chorus: Beethoven's Mass in C

The Kauffmann Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO

From the KC Symphony website: Matthew Halls, guest conductor Kansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy, chorus directorKarina Gauvin, sopranoKrisztina Szabó, mezzo-sopranoNicholas Phan, tenorTyler Duncan, baritone F.J. HAYDN Symphony No. 102JAMES MacMILLAN SinfoniettaBEETHOVEN Mass in C Esteemed conductor Matthew Halls returns to lead the orchestra, Symphony Chorus and guest vocalists in Beethoven’s early, transcendent Mass in C. Haydn’s delightful Symphony No. 102 is jam-packed with surprises — especially the fun ending. James MacMillan’s Sinfonietta transports listeners “from the tranquil to the visceral and back again.” Don’t miss this stunning feast for the senses as you’re fully immersed in the superb acoustics of Helzberg Hall. Tickets from $25. I'll be at the piano for the MacMillan and at the organ for the Beethoven.

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Feb23

Solo organ concert: "A Community of Voices"

St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 47535 CA-74, Palm Desert, CA 92260

I am pleased to play a concert for the Desert Friends of Music. More details coming soon. Learn about the entire concert season by visiting the Friends' website, www.dfom.org/Desert_Friends_of_Music.

Planned repertoire includes:

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893), transcr. George J. Bennett:  Coronation March

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750):  Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (All Glory Be to God on High), BWV 676

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: Fugue in E-flat Major ("St. Anne"), BWV 552b

MILOŠ SOKOLA (1913-1976):  Passacaglia quasi Toccata on B-A-C-H

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

FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847), transcr. Samuel P. Warren: Scherzo, from A Midsummer Night's Dream

PAUL HALLEY (b. 1952): Outer Hebrides: A Fantasia on Three Traditional Celtic Melodies

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

SIGFRID KARG-ELERT (1877-1933): Fantasy on Ein feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress), Op. 65, No. 47

Feb8

Solo organ concert: "Homage"

Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 11 4th Ave SW, Rochester, MN

I am pleased to return to the welcoming hospitality, beautiful venue, and inspiring Rieger-Klais organ of the Co-Cathedral, after a wonderful experience performing here five years ago.  

Planned repertoire includes:

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893), transcr. George J. Bennett:  Coronation March

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750):  Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel hoch, BWV 769

ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856):  Fugue No. 1 from Sechs Fugen über den Namen BACH, Op. 60

MILOŠ SOKOLA (1913-1976):  Passacaglia quasi Toccata on B-A-C-H

MAURICE DURUFLÉ (1902-1986):  Prelude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le theme du Veni Creator, Op. 4 

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

JOHN PHILIP SOUSA (1854-1934), transcr. Jan Kraybill:  The Stars and Stripes Forever

FREE admission

Feb2

Jan Kraybill's 21st annual Super Bowl Sunday organ concert: "Homage"

Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W Walnut St, Independence, MO

UPDATE: Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs, Super Bowl bound! Back home, less than 10 miles from their home at Kauffman Stadium, is another arena, Community of Christ's Auditorium, where I'll be playing my 21st annual Super Bowl Sunday Organ Concert. For the past 20 years I've offered to play a piece in honor of the Chiefs if they make it to the Super Bowl, and this year's the year! The Auditorium seats a few thousand less than their stadium (there's room for only 5800 people), but every seat is free, and the magnificent Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ there is the largest in the KC metro area. There are more pipes in the organ (6,334) than seats in the room!

This year's concert, titled "Homage," will open with my musical tribute to the Chiefs, and then I'll play organ works in honor of other significant people from local to world-wide. Admission is free (a free-will offering will be gratefully accepted), and plenty of free parking is available. Live video on the big screens will show up-close views of my hands and feet in action. Come join in the fun! There's no need to choose -- you can come to the concert and still make it to your favorite venue for watching the game.

Planned repertoire includes:

JAN KRAYBILL (b. 1960): Homage to the Chiefs!

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893), transcr. George J. Bennett:  Coronation March

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750):  Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel hoch, BWV 769

ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856):  Fugue No. 1 from Sechs Fugen über den Namen BACH, Op. 60

MILOŠ SOKOLA (1913-1976):  Passacaglia quasi Toccata on B-A-C-H

MAURICE DURUFLÉ (1902-1986):  Prelude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le theme du Veni Creator, Op. 4 

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

JOHN PHILIP SOUSA (1854-1934), transcr. Jan Kraybill:  The Stars and Stripes Forever

Dec24

Christmas Eve service

Village on Antioch Presbyterian Church, 14895 Antioch Rd, Overland Park, KS

I'm so pleased to join my home congregation and its enthusiastic musicians as we celebrate Christ's birth in story and song.

admission is free

Dec23

Kansas City Symphony: Christmas Festival

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Ave, Kansas City, MO

I am pleased to return to participate in this joyous annual event! From the KC Symphony website, www.kcsymphony.org: Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate ConductorKansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy, chorus directorRezound! Handbell EnsembleMichael Preaceley, vocals Buckle up for a sleigh ride into Helzberg Hall! Your family and friends will love our annual Kansas City Symphony holiday celebration, filled with festive songs of the season, carols, choirs and special guests — including one jolly visitor from the north. At each performance, we’ll give away a dazzling jewelry prize from Helzberg Diamonds, no purchase necessary. Sponsored by Helzberg Diamonds with support from the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund. Tickets start at $30 for adults and $15 for children. 

visit www.kcsymphony.org

Dec22

Kansas City Symphony: Christmas Festival

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Ave, Kansas City, MO

I am pleased to return to participate in this joyous annual event! From the KC Symphony website, www.kcsymphony.org: Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate ConductorKansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy, chorus directorRezound! Handbell EnsembleMichael Preaceley, vocals Buckle up for a sleigh ride into Helzberg Hall! Your family and friends will love our annual Kansas City Symphony holiday celebration, filled with festive songs of the season, carols, choirs and special guests — including one jolly visitor from the north. At each performance, we’ll give away a dazzling jewelry prize from Helzberg Diamonds, no purchase necessary. Sponsored by Helzberg Diamonds with support from the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund. Tickets start at $30 for adults and $15 for children. 

visit www.kcsymphony.org

Dec22

Kansas City Symphony: Christmas Festival

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Ave, Kansas City, MO

I am pleased to return to participate in this joyous annual event! From the KC Symphony website, www.kcsymphony.org: Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate ConductorKansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy, chorus directorRezound! Handbell EnsembleMichael Preaceley, vocals Buckle up for a sleigh ride into Helzberg Hall! Your family and friends will love our annual Kansas City Symphony holiday celebration, filled with festive songs of the season, carols, choirs and special guests — including one jolly visitor from the north. At each performance, we’ll give away a dazzling jewelry prize from Helzberg Diamonds, no purchase necessary. Sponsored by Helzberg Diamonds with support from the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund. Tickets start at $30 for adults and $15 for children. 

visit www.kcsymphony.org

Dec21

Kansas City Symphony: Christmas Festival

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Ave, Kansas City, MO

I am pleased to return to participate in this joyous annual event! From the KC Symphony website, www.kcsymphony.org: Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate ConductorKansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy, chorus directorRezound! Handbell EnsembleMichael Preaceley, vocals Buckle up for a sleigh ride into Helzberg Hall! Your family and friends will love our annual Kansas City Symphony holiday celebration, filled with festive songs of the season, carols, choirs and special guests — including one jolly visitor from the north. At each performance, we’ll give away a dazzling jewelry prize from Helzberg Diamonds, no purchase necessary. Sponsored by Helzberg Diamonds with support from the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund. Tickets start at $30 for adults and $15 for children. 

visit www.kcsymphony.org

Dec21

Kansas City Symphony: Christmas Festival

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Ave, Kansas City, MO

I am pleased to return to participate in this joyous annual event! From the KC Symphony website, www.kcsymphony.org: Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate ConductorKansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy, chorus directorRezound! Handbell EnsembleMichael Preaceley, vocals Buckle up for a sleigh ride into Helzberg Hall! Your family and friends will love our annual Kansas City Symphony holiday celebration, filled with festive songs of the season, carols, choirs and special guests — including one jolly visitor from the north. At each performance, we’ll give away a dazzling jewelry prize from Helzberg Diamonds, no purchase necessary. Sponsored by Helzberg Diamonds with support from the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund. Tickets start at $30 for adults and $15 for children. 

visit www.kcsymphony.org

Dec20

Kansas City Symphony: Christmas Festival

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Ave, Kansas City, MO

I am pleased to return to participate in this joyous annual event! From the KC Symphony website, www.kcsymphony.org: Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate ConductorKansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy, chorus directorRezound! Handbell EnsembleMichael Preaceley, vocals Buckle up for a sleigh ride into Helzberg Hall! Your family and friends will love our annual Kansas City Symphony holiday celebration, filled with festive songs of the season, carols, choirs and special guests — including one jolly visitor from the north. At each performance, we’ll give away a dazzling jewelry prize from Helzberg Diamonds, no purchase necessary. Sponsored by Helzberg Diamonds with support from the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund. Tickets start at $30 for adults and $15 for children. 

visit www.kcsymphony.org

Dec8

Kansas City Symphony: Handel's Messiah

The Kauffmann Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO

From the KC Symphony website: Julian Wachner, guest conductor Kansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy, chorus directorLauren Snouffer, sopranoMelissa Attebury, mezzo-sopranoOliver Mercer, tenorAlexander Dobson, bass-baritone Since its 1741 premiere, Handel’s Messiah has absolutely dazzled audiences. Experience this glorious oratorio, brought to life by nearly 200 musicians onstage, including our Kansas City Symphony Chorus and very special guest vocalists. The superior acoustics of Helzberg Hall filled with full and glorious sounds guarantee you’ll savor every note. Supported by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund. Tickets from $25. I'm so pleased each year to be at the harpsichord for this annual event.

visit www.kcsymphony.org

Dec8

Advent at the Temple

Community of Christ Temple, 201 S River Blvd, Independence, MO

I am pleased to be organist for the annual Advent service in the beautiful Community of Christ Temple. from the Community of Christ website: The service, with Jan Kraybill at the organ, is open to the public and will include participation from around the world through the internet. Join us at 7 p.m. Central for music and a message of the holiday season.

admission is free

Dec7

Kansas City Symphony: Handel's Messiah

The Kauffmann Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO

From the KC Symphony website: Julian Wachner, guest conductor Kansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy, chorus directorLauren Snouffer, sopranoMelissa Attebury, mezzo-sopranoOliver Mercer, tenorAlexander Dobson, bass-baritone Since its 1741 premiere, Handel’s Messiah has absolutely dazzled audiences. Experience this glorious oratorio, brought to life by nearly 200 musicians onstage, including our Kansas City Symphony Chorus and very special guest vocalists. The superior acoustics of Helzberg Hall filled with full and glorious sounds guarantee you’ll savor every note. Supported by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund. Tickets from $25. I'm so pleased each year to be at the harpsichord for this annual event.

visit www.kcsymphony.org

Dec6

Kansas City Symphony: Handel's Messiah

The Kauffmann Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO

From the KC Symphony website: Julian Wachner, guest conductor Kansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy, chorus directorLauren Snouffer, sopranoMelissa Attebury, mezzo-sopranoOliver Mercer, tenorAlexander Dobson, bass-baritone Since its 1741 premiere, Handel’s Messiah has absolutely dazzled audiences. Experience this glorious oratorio, brought to life by nearly 200 musicians onstage, including our Kansas City Symphony Chorus and very special guest vocalists. The superior acoustics of Helzberg Hall filled with full and glorious sounds guarantee you’ll savor every note. Supported by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund. Tickets from $25. I'm so pleased each year to be at the harpsichord for this annual event.

visit www.kcsymphony.org

Nov24

Kansas City Symphony: Also sprach Zarathustra

The Kauffmann Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO

From the KC Symphony website: Michael Stern, conductor Joyce Yang, piano MAHLER “Adagio” from Symphony No. 10JONATHAN LESHNOFF Piano Concerto (Kansas City Symphony commission, world premiere, underwritten by the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation)R. STRAUSS  Also sprach Zarathustra With its majestic timpani and brass fanfare, everyone knows the unforgettable “Sunrise” opening of Also sprach Zarathustra from countless ads, pop culture references and the film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” No recording will ever compare to hearing it live in Helzberg Hall with your Symphony. While Mahler was unable to complete his 10th Symphony, “Adagio” from the first movement expresses his profound love for life. Between these two masterpieces, the dazzling Joyce Yang unveils the world premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Piano Concerto. Tickets from $25. I'll be playing organ on the Strauss.

visit www.kcsymphony.org

Nov23

Kansas City Symphony: Also sprach Zarathustra

The Kauffmann Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO

From the KC Symphony website: Michael Stern, conductor Joyce Yang, piano MAHLER “Adagio” from Symphony No. 10JONATHAN LESHNOFF Piano Concerto (Kansas City Symphony commission, world premiere, underwritten by the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation)R. STRAUSS  Also sprach Zarathustra With its majestic timpani and brass fanfare, everyone knows the unforgettable “Sunrise” opening of Also sprach Zarathustra from countless ads, pop culture references and the film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” No recording will ever compare to hearing it live in Helzberg Hall with your Symphony. While Mahler was unable to complete his 10th Symphony, “Adagio” from the first movement expresses his profound love for life. Between these two masterpieces, the dazzling Joyce Yang unveils the world premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Piano Concerto. Tickets from $25. I'll be playing organ on the Strauss.

visit www.kcsymphony.org

Nov22

Kansas City Symphony: Also sprach Zarathustra

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO

From the KC Symphony website: Michael Stern, conductor Joyce Yang, piano MAHLER “Adagio” from Symphony No. 10JONATHAN LESHNOFF Piano Concerto (Kansas City Symphony commission, world premiere, underwritten by the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation)R. STRAUSS  Also sprach Zarathustra With its majestic timpani and brass fanfare, everyone knows the unforgettable “Sunrise” opening of Also sprach Zarathustra from countless ads, pop culture references and the film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” No recording will ever compare to hearing it live in Helzberg Hall with your Symphony. While Mahler was unable to complete his 10th Symphony, “Adagio” from the first movement expresses his profound love for life. Between these two masterpieces, the dazzling Joyce Yang unveils the world premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Piano Concerto. Tickets from $25. I'll be playing organ on the Strauss.

visit www.kcsymphony.org

Nov14

Solo organ concert: "Hommage"

St. Mark's Cathedral, 908 Rutherford St, Shreveport, LA

I am so pleased to return to perform for the second time on the annual East Texas Pipe Organ Festival.  This unique event honors the life and work of Roy Perry (1906-1978) and features Aeolian-Skinner pipe organs in the East Texas area designed and tonally finished by Perry and the Williams Family of New Orleans. This year I'm excited to be playing Aeolian-Skinner's Opus 1308 at St. Mark's Cathedral, Shreveport, Louisiana -- an instrument built just prior to the same company's Opus 1309 at The Auditorium Organ in Independence, one of the three large pipe organs I care for in Kansas City. For more information on the Festival, visit www.easttexaspipeorganfestival.com.  Many Festival events, including this concert, are free and open to the public. Planned repertoire includes: PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893), transcr. George J. Bennett:  Coronation March ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856):  Fugue No. 1 from Sechs Fugen über den Namen BACH, Op. 60 MILOŠ SOKOLA (1913-1976):  Passacaglia quasi Toccata on B-A-C-H MARY BETH BENNETT (b. 1954):  Hommage à Langlais:  Song of Peace in a Time of War LOUIS VIERNE (1870-1937):  Symphonie No. 4 in G minor, Op. 32

admission is free

Nov8

UMKC Conservatory: Crescendo gala

The Kauffmann Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO

from the Conservatory website: Crescendo is one of Kansas City's premier arts events, hosted by the UMKC Conservatory at the beautiful Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The event has raised millions for student scholarships with support from generous donors and under the guidance of the Friends of the Conservatory. ... Whether you’re a lover of jazz, opera, theater, dance or classical music, you will find it all in this fast-paced, one-hour performance in Helzberg Hall by 250 of the Conservatory’s most talented students and faculty. I am pleased to be organist with this talented group of people. For details and ticket information, visit https://www.umkc.edu/crescendo/

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