Kotzschmar Organ 2021-2022 Season NOW On Sale

We begin with… America, America! on Saturday, August 21st in Merrill Auditorium Available for later viewing beginning August 25th We’re headed back to Merrill Auditorium on Saturday August 21st for an inspiring concert starring Portland Municipal Organist James Kennerley. We can’t wait to share this glorious music with you inside beautiful Merrill Auditorium! Join James … Read more

We Plan to Play On In New Ways

PORTLAND, Maine, (August 5, 2020) – The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ today announced a plan to bring performance back to Merrill Auditorium. The group’s annual Bach Birthday Bash, originally scheduled for March 20th, was rescheduled, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, to be a live performance on Saturday, September 26th at 7pm. As … Read more

James Kennerley and the Kotzschmar organ Portland Press Herald Staff photo by Derek Davis

Article: Kennerley Honors Tradition and Adds His Own Twist

Classical review: Kennerley honors tradition and adds his own twist on Bach’s birthday The municipal organist transcribed some works and played others as Bach would have in the concert Wednesday at Merrill Auditorium. Read the article in the Portland Press Herald.

James Kennerley on Live Your Passion Podcast

James Kennerley has a conversation with Hal Khalaf on the “Live Your Passion” podcast. The podcast interviews “entrepreneurs, community leaders, creatives, and people just like you and I that are living their passion.” The interview starts after first three minutes of the podcast.  

207: Portland’s municipal organist improvises with traditional holiday music

James Kennerley has barely been Portland’s municipal organist for a year, but is proving his skills of improvisation on the Kotzschmar Organ inside of Merrill Auditorium. On Tuesday, he and some talented vocalists are putting a spin on traditional holiday classics with their show, “Christmas With Kennerley.” The show will be a mix of original … Read more

Article: Out & About: Familiar faces, new faces for Christmas

[two_third_last] Out and About: Christmas with Kennerley The humongous brass facade of the Kotzschmar Memorial Organ has been a dominating sight in Merrill Auditorium since it was installed in 1912 as part of rebuilding Portland City Hall. For 2018 the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, a nonprofit support group, welcomed a new face at the … Read more