Article: Out and About Port City Organ Expo

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] Out and About: Port City Organ Expo He wowed us in April, and I expect that he’ll repeat in August. That’s my prediction for James Kennerley’s concluding performance in the Aug. 28 finale of the Port City Organ Expo. “Kennerley, who was appointed Portland’s official municipal organist – one of only two … Read more

From the Municipal Organist — Summer 2018

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] It was a beautiful spring day on June 13 of last year. I awoke to the lilting sounds of seagulls and the salty aroma of the ocean. As I made my way to Merrill Auditorium early in the morning I wondered what I was actually getting myself into. In a couple of … Read more

From the Executive Director — Summer 2018

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] One of the fun parts of my job is discovering what I have come to think of as “Kotzschmar Connections”: the stories of how the Kotzschmar Organ has touched the lives of the people of Portland, and beyond, in sometimes unexpected ways. A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from … Read more

From the President — Summer 2018

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] The renaissance of the Kotzschmar Organ continues! Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better than the September 2014 re-dedication of the refurbished organ, we recently experienced our new organist, James Kennerley, who brought a level of thoughtfulness and energy that exceeded all expectations (and we had high expectations). So after … Read more

Meet Opus 1e

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] Through a generous donation from Richard and Elisabeth Rowlands and the Portland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, FOKO was able to commission the building of a “puzzle” organ. The organ comes in 133 pieces, and when assembled, it is a two-octave, two-rank mechanical-action pipe organ with bellows that are easy … Read more

Tickets on Sale for Port City Organ Expo

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] Join us for Port City Organ Expo! Tuesdays in August you will have the chance to hear world renowned organists on the Kotzschmar organ. Concerts start at 7:30 PM with a pre-concert talk at 6:30 PM in Merrill Auditorium’s Rehearsal Hall. Tickets on sale at PortTIX. August  7 | Chelsea Chen Chelsea … Read more

Be an Ambassador for the Kotzschmar Organ

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] Docents play a huge role in helping FOKO support their mission of preserving, maintaining and promoting the Kotzschmar Organ by acting as Ambassadors for this musical treasure of Portland. What do FOKO docents do?     The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ are holding Docent training workshops on July 31st, 2018 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM and August … Read more