A new star is taking up permanent residence at the Kravis Center (561-832-7469). A custom-designed Marshall & Ogletree Opus 11 Digital Organ will make its debut March 9 with an inaugural performance by world-renowned organist Cameron Carpenter (pictured right) and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. An organ was originally part of the master plan for the Kravis Center’s concert hall but was eliminated early on.
Now, more than 20 years after the Kravis first opened its doors, this spectacular organ is coming home thanks to a donation by Alexander Dreyfoos. Named the George W. Mergens Memorial Organ in honor of Dreyfoos’ late business partner and friend, the organ features five manuals (keyboards), more than 200 stops, and 96 audio channels and will be used for performances in the concert hall and the Marshall E. Rinker Sr. Playhouse. The prized organ will also be made available to local students and area professionals.
- Cameron Carpenter and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra will take the Kravis Center stage on March 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $15. For more information, visit kravis.org.