Kauffman announces Mother’s Day event


Press release posted by Bob Evans



‘Music from the Heart’ program features Jan Kraybill performing on the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Opus 3875 in Helzberg Hall

The free event is a Mother’s Day gift to the community in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Saint Luke’s Muriel I. Kauffman Women’s Heart Center

Kansas City, MO – This Mother’s Day, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and Premier Partner Saint Luke’s Health System will present “Music from the Heart,” a special concert and free community event. The concert takes place Sunday, May 12 at 4 p.m. in Helzberg Hall and features the Kauffman Center’s spectacular pipe organ.

The one-hour performance will kick off with The Beatles’ hit, “All You Need is Love.” Jan Kraybill, organ conservator for the Kauffman Center, has curated a program that illustrates many shades of love. Compositions from Bach to The Beatles touch on love of family, country, romance and peace. Kraybill will perform on the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Opus 3875, one of the finest concert hall organs in the nation.

The free concert is a Mother’s Day gift to the community in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Saint Luke’s Muriel I. Kauffman Heart Center. Prior to the performance, Saint Luke’s will present Julia Irene Kauffman, Chairman of the Board for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, with the Visionary Award in recognition of her leadership, dedication and support to advance women’s heart health in Kansas City by creating a resource that is a center of excellence for the community over its 25 year history.

“Over the years, Julia Irene Kauffman has touched the hearts of many people in our community. This concert celebrates several of them,” said Kauffman Center President & CEO Paul Schofer.

“As a mother, Julia encouraged her children to participate in the arts. As a daughter, she carried her mother’s vision to build this performing arts center. As an arts lover herself, she donated the pipe organ that Jan Kraybill will play at this concert. And, as a philanthropist, she continues to make significant contributions to both the Kauffman Center and the Saint Luke’s Muriel I. Kauffman Heart Center. This Mother’s Day concert is a special way to recognize Julia, her mother and the ongoing legacy they have created,” Schofer said.

Tickets for this event are free but reservations are required. Free tickets will be available to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, April 5 through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222 and online at kauffmancenter.org.


Jan Kraybill is a musical leader and dynamic speaker, a concert artist, an educator and organ consultant, and an enthusiastic cheerleader for the power of music to change lives for the better. In addition to her active performance schedule, she is organ conservator at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and organist-in-residence at the international headquarters of Community of Christ in Independence, Mo. In these roles she regularly plays and oversees the care of the large pipe organs in the Kansas City metro area: the Community of Christ Auditorium’s 113-rank Aeolian-Skinner (installed in 1959) and Temple’s 102-rank Casavant (1993), and the 102-rank Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Opus 3875 (2012) at the Kauffman Center. Kraybill has piano performance and education degrees from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., and a doctorate in organ performance from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. In 2010 she achieved the distinction of Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, organists’ highest certification level. In 2013 she was named Musician of the Year by the Kansas City Musical Club, and in 2014 the UMKC Conservatory honored her with its Alumni Achievement Award.


Saint Luke’s Health System established the Women’s Heart Center in 1994, the first of its kind in the United States to take a proactive role in addressing women’s heart health. In 2004, the Women’s Heart Center received a generous gift from Kansas City philanthropist Julia Irene Kauffman, in honor of her mother. In 2010, the new Muriel I. Kauffman Women’s Heart Center was unveiled at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City.


Saint Luke’s Health System consists of 16 area hospitals and several primary and specialty care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, outpatient, and home care services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, its mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. The health system is an aligned organization in which the physicians and hospitals assume responsibility for enhancing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of people in the metropolitan Kansas City area and the surrounding region.


The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts – a major not-for-profit center for music, opera, theater and dance designed by Moshe Safdie – opened in 2011. Serving as a cultural cornerstone for Kansas City and the region, the Kauffman Center delivers extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences. Honored as one of the World’s 15 Most Beautiful Concert Halls, the Kauffman Center attracts some of the world’s most renowned performers and entertainers.

Through educational outreach programs and community enrichment, the Kauffman Center supports Kansas City as a cultural destination. More information on the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is available at kauffmancenter.org.

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