Kingdom Come: The Making of Casavant Opus 3875 is a feature-length documentary film that goes behind the scenes to chronicle the design, manufacture, and unveiling of a pipe organ for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri.
Produced and directed by the Kauffman Foundation, the project was presented as a gift to Julia Irene Kauffman, the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, the Kauffman Center staff and the Kansas City artistic community, on behalf of the associates and board of trustees of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
The film traces the complex task to create a powerful custom-built pipe organ, known as “The King of Instruments,” for a modern concert hall. It records the artistry and craftwork of the men and women at the Casavant Frères workshop in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. The story follows truckloads of handmade parts arriving in Kansas City and documents the elaborate process to assemble the massive five-story support structure, delicate instrumentation, and precise individual voicing of each of the organ’s 5,548 pipes.
In addition to showing the making of the organ, the film tells the story by featuring interviews with key people in Canada and Kansas City. With the instrument in place, the film records history in the making as world-renowned organist James David Christie takes the stage at Helzberg Hall to play the organ for the first time.
Ultimately, the film tells the story of a city’s commitment to the arts and the imagination, invention, and careful human touch that inspires a creative legacy for musical artists and audiences to admire for generations to come.