Dome and Spire Series

September 21 - Christpher Marks, Organist
September 28 - Melodies of Peace amid the Drums of World War I
November 9 - Jack Ergo/Jan Kraybill: Dueling Keyboards
December 5-7 - Handel's Messiah
December 21 - Christmas in the Temple



Christopher Marks, organist

Sunday, September 21 • 3:00 p.m.
The Auditorium • Freewill Offering

Christopher Marks is hailed for his “style and assurance” in performance, and quickly gaining a reputation for creative and friendly programming.

Marks’ recent interest in American organ music from the turn of the 20th century led to fascination with the music of Seth Bingham. He is recording the second of a three-volume set devoted to Seth Bingham’s works, many never before recorded.

Marks is assistant professor of organ at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Melodies of Peace amid the Drums of World War I

Sunday, September 28 • 3:00 p.m.
The Temple • Freewill Offering

Listen for the faint strains of peace against the cacophony of war. Spire Symphonic Chorus and Principal Organist Jan Kraybill join with Matthew Naylor, president and CEO of the National World War I Museum, to remember the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. The choir, led by Ben Spalding, offers a collage of choral music including hymns, spirituals, and songs of remembrance interwoven with poetry and stories from this turbulent time.


Jack Ergo and Jan Kraybill: Dueling Keyboards

Sunday, November 9 • 3:00 p.m.
The Auditorium • Freewill Offering

Two Community of Christ musicians began collaborating 16 years ago and haven’t stopped dueling since! Don’t miss this dynamic duo.

Jack Ergo brings his fiery musicianship as conductor of the Independence Messiah Choir 1980–2000. Ergo and the Messiah Choir had a twelve year run with PBS Television, toured Europe, and gave a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall. He currently works as associate professor of music at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.

Jan Kraybill consistently wins new audiences for the pipe organ through her Super Bowl Sunday Recitals, busy touring schedule, and local performances at Community of Christ International Headquarters and Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

You’ll hear the Auditorium’s resident keyboard instruments: the Bechstein grand piano used by the famed Dave Brubeck jazz quartet, and the Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, one of the most widely heard organs in the nation through weekly radio broadcasts that aired for 30 years. Come hear works for organ and piano, piano and piano, organ and organ, and more!


Handel’s Messiah

Independence Messiah Choir and
the Kansas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus

Fri Dec 5–Sat Dec 6, 8:00 p.m.
Sun Dec 7, 2:00 p.m.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

More than 250 powerful voices bring Handel’s choral masterpiece to life. The Independence Messiah Choir joins with the Kansas City Symphony and Kansas City Symphony Chorus to continue the 98-year tradition of performing Handel’s glorious Messiah.

For tickets, contact the Kansas City Symphony at (816) 471-0400 or


Christmas in the Temple

Led by Young Adults of Central Mission
Sunday, December 21 • 7:00 p.m.
The Temple • Freewill Offering

Join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Explore the remarkable story of hope in a world of struggle and rediscover the God who meets us in a messy stable. All ages welcome!