From the Executive Director — Winter 2014

Yes, we are back! The Grand Opening Concert of the Return of the Kotzschmar has passed but each concert or event since then has shown the brilliance of the organ’s renovated state. Every time I hear it I experience something new and different.

Now, we are looking forward to celebrating Ray’s 25th Christmas with Cornils, which marks the beginning of his twenty-fifth year as Portland’s municipal organist. I hope you’ll join us on December 23rd and throughout the year to honor and congratulate Ray for his exceptional service in this capacity. Because of the role he has played over the years, FOKO has been able to grow its outreach, audiences, education programs and increase general awareness about the Kotzschmar and the significance it played during its first 100 years. Today, our job is to make this hidden gem of Portland, a nationally recognized icon, a household word. Can you spell Kotzschmar?

With this responsibility comes the need for funding, continued support from you, our friends and audience members. As we continue to diversify our programs, bring new artists to Portland, collaborate with organizations in and around Portland, offer tours and raise the awareness of this magnificent pipe organ, so too do we need to reach our fundraising goals.

Thank you to those who continue to support the Kotzschmar Organ and FOKO! May this season of light bring you a time for reflection and much joy and peace.

— Kathleen Grammer