The Romantics: Live in Merrill Auditorium

The Romantics!
July 16, 2022, 7 PM

Municipal Organist James Kennerley launches the 2022-23 season with a concert of music from the Romantic era. The nineteenth century saw a marked departure from the rationalism of the Enlightenment; music moved towards expressing intense drama, transcendent virtuosity, and extremes of emotion. Musical instruments, perhaps none more so than the pipe organ, were adapted to enable these new musical ideas to sound forth. César Franck, who’s 200th anniversary we celebrate this year, was the foremost nineteenth-century French composer, represented in this program by two major symphonic organ works including the beloved Troisième Chorale. The program will include the monumental organ sonata by Julius Reubke, who died at age 24 and was one of Franz Liszt’s favorite pupils. James has created two new organ transcriptions of orchestral works – the Hungarian March, and Mendelssohn’s Hebrides overture. The music will be a perfect match for the Mighty Kotzschmar.

Program to be Announced Soon!

Concert Sponsor: OceanView at Falmouth

Media Sponsors: Maine Public and Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram


Please note: this concert will be recorded for later viewing (for purchase). Camera equipment will be in the Auditorium during this performance. Purchase your access to the recording here.

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