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Artists In Their Own Words: "One Of The Most Glorious Organs"

A pipe organ is custom-designed and created for a place. When the Casavant Frèresorgan at the spiral-shaped Community of Christ temple in Independence was first played nearly two decades ago, one critic called it "one of the most glorious organs in North America."

It was this sound - and design - that led the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to also choose Casavant for their pipe organ scheduled to debut in March with two dedication concerts.

For a series called Artists in Their Own Words, KCUR's Laura Spencer talked to Community of Christ organist Jan Kraybill about the complexities and joys of the instrument.

"Second Acts": Super Bowl Sunday Recital XIII, Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 3 pm. Community of Christ Temple, 200 S. River, Independence, Mo.  Organist Jan Kraybill presents a "musical celebration of life's 'second acts'" with a program including J.S. Bach, Franz Liszt, Jehan Alain, Joseph Bonnet, and more.

The “Artists in Their Own Words” series is supported by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.



Kansas City is known for its style of jazz, influenced by the blues, as the home of Walt Disney’s first animation studio and the headquarters of Hallmark Cards. As one of KCUR’s arts reporters, I want people here to know a wide range of arts and culture stories from across the metropolitan area. I take listeners behind the scenes and introduce them to emerging artists and organizations, as well as keep up with established institutions. Send me an email at lauras@kcur.org or follow me on Twitter @lauraspencer.
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