Priest to make solo debut at KC performance center

Soprano Rachel Priest, daughter of Robert and Judy Priest of Marion, will make her solo debut singing Mozart?s ?Laudate Domin?um? with Chamber Choir and orchestra Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

One of Mozart?s most well-known works, the ?Laudate,? is set to Psalm 117 and is part of his ?Solemn Vespers? written when he was only 24. It features a string ensemble and organ, soaring soprano lines and lyrical chorus.

Priest will join more than 300 voices and instrumentalists from the United Metho?dist Church of the Resurrec?tion in Leawood, led by three of the church?s conductors, Kevin Bogan, Craig Miller and Nathan Johnson.

The ensembles will be performing a program of sacred music, including several hymn arrangements by Mack Wilberg, works by Brahms, Randall Thompson and Mozart.

Many of the choral pieces will feature not only the church orchestra, but the great 102 rank Casavant organ in the Helzberg Hall.

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is in its second year of operation. It houses the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kan?sas City Ballet Company.

The center has won several international design and architectural awards and has been featured on two PBS specials.

Tickets can be purchased via the Kauffman website: kauffmancenter.org.

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