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Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ presents: Overtures!

The Debut of the 11th Municipal Organist James Kennerley
Wednesday April 18th at 7:30 PM

James K with FOKO

Join us for Overtures: the début performance of James Kennerley, the 11th Municipal Organist of Portland.

James will take us on a tour of some of the greatest music of the world, including celebrated orchestral overtures by Wagner, Rossini, and Bernstein transcribed for organ solo.

We’ll also hear works by César Franck, “father” of the French symphonic organ tradition, and a piece by former Municipal Organist, Edwin Lemare that achieved worldwide fame as one of the most popular songs of the day. Also featured on the program is a piece by contemporary British composer, Jonathan Dove, as well as one or two surprises!

“I wanted to make sure that I used every sound the mighty Kotzschmar has to offer. With five keyboards and literally hundreds of thousands of possible sound combinations, I realized that the world was my oyster! I’ve come up with a varied program that includes many of my favorite pieces as well as several new arrangements that have been composed especially for this concert.”

James comes to Portland by way of England and New York City. His virtuosic playing and dynamic personality are world-renowned, and we can’t wait to give him a good old Maine welcome!

As always, James will have lots of tricks up his sleeves (and socks!), and we are excited to celebrate this historic event with you. Bring your family, bring your friends – this is one event you won’t want to miss.

For More Information and to Purchase Tickets please visit PortTix:                                                                                                              In person at Merrill, Online at or by calling 207-842-0800