America, America! On-Demand Online

America, America! Stirring Music for the Pipe Organ

Enjoy the recording of our first concert back in Merrill Auditorium – with a full audience – since December 2019, from the comfort of your own screen.

Join Portland Municipal Organist James Kennerley for a kaleidoscopic celebration of patriotic music written for the King of Instruments. Featuring the 7,101 pipes plus just about every other bell, whistle, and toy stop of the Mighty Kotzschmar Organ, the program is sure to thrill and delight. Featuring iconic marches by John Philip Sousa (including the famous Stars and Stripes Forever), the program traces the story of America through a variety of lenses. As part of our ongoing commitment to the conversation on equality and equity in the arts, we will hear a Suite by one of the first major African-American female composers, Florence Price, as well as Scott Joplin’s iconic Maple Leaf Rag in a new transcription by James Kennerley. Also on the program is the highly evocative Adagio by Samuel Barber and Charles Ives’ outrageously virtuosic Variations on America. We will also hear a march by one of Portland’s first Municipal Organists, Will Macfarlane, the melody of which was rumored to be the favorite setting of “America the Beautiful” by the author, New England native Katherine Lee Bates. The program will also feature one of James’ iconic improvisations on submitted American themes.

This concert is not being live streamed. The recording of our August 21, 2021 concert will be made available beginning at Noon on August 25, 2021 and remain available through 11:59pm on September 24, 2021. You are welcome to watch the recording as many times as you wish within the viewing window. You will receive an email confirmation from PortTIX with instructions on where the recording can be found after your purchase is complete. Please reach out to PortTIX directly if you do not receive that confirmation within a few minutes of purchase. They can instruct you on the best way to be sure you receive their emails.

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Concert Sponsors:  Bath Savings Institution and OceanView at Falmouth

Media Sponsor: Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram


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