Season Schedule

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In-person: 20 Myrtle Street, Portland, ME; Hours: M-Sat (M-F Summer) 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm By phone: 207-842-0800 Online: www.porttix.com

Friday, August 2, 2019-James Kennerley and the Kotzschmar Festival Brass

This annual event pairs the organ with a variety of brass instruments and percussion played by the Kotzschmar Festival Brass. The highlight will be Kennerley’s new transcription of Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” The suite with 10 pieces is Mussorgsky’s most famous piano composition and has become a virtuoso showpiece. General Admission...

Start Time:7 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland, ME

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Thursday, August 15, 2019-Organ Tour

Join FOKO docents for a free behind-the-scenes view of the magnificent Kotzschmar Organ. How much do you know about pipe organs and how they work? We offer an experience which takes you on a journey of how the Kotzschmar Organ came to be in Merrill Auditorium, and demonstrates its abilities to the fullest. Municipal Organist...

Start Time:12:00 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland, ME

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019-Organ Tour

Join FOKO docents for a free behind-the-scenes view of the magnificent Kotzschmar Organ. How much do you know about pipe organs and how they work? We offer an experience which takes you on a journey of how the Kotzschmar Organ came to be in Merrill Auditorium, and demonstrates its abilities to the fullest. Municipal Organist...

Start Time:12:00 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland, ME

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Friday, August 23, 2019-The Silent Film “Wings” with Guest Organist Peter Krasinski

• The Silent Film “Wings” with Guest Organist Peter Krasinski

This epic World War I-era silent film was the first Academy Award-winning Best Picture in 1929. Boston organist Peter Krasinski, who specializes in the art of live improvised silent film accompaniment worldwide, will put the music to the film. As a bonus, more than a dozen rare World War I artifacts will be on display....

Start Time:7 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland, ME

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Saturday, August 24, 2019-Port City Organ Day

Celebrate the Kotzschmar Organ with us, come for one of the scheduled tours and hear the Kotzschmar played by local organists! Free and open to the public, all ages welcome - donations greatly appreciated. Organ Tours: 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM (no reservations required, just show up!) TIME             PERFORMER 10:00 AM...

Start Time:10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland, ME

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Friday, September 13, 2019-James Kennerley & Friends

Kennerley will introduce a series of his favorite musicians with each giving their own unique performance with Kennerley on the Kotzschmar. Special guests include 16-year-old violinist Morgan Peppe, the 2019 Kotzschmar Memorial Trust Scholarship winner; award-winning classical pianist Chiharu Naruse; and soprano Malinda Haslett, firmly established on the world stage as a multifaceted performer. General...

Start Time:7 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland, ME

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Friday, September 27, 2019-Guest Organist Jens Korndoerfer, Atlanta, GA

Bavarian artist Jens Korndoerfer performs at major music venues and festivals around the world. His repertoire reaches from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Critics and organists have called him a "prodigious technician" (La Presse, Montreal), and have praised his "effortless, poetic," "colorful and exciting playing" (Prof. Landale and ORGAN Canada), whose concerts have "thrilled...

Start Time:7 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland, ME

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019-Halloween Silent Film with James Kennerley

The evening starts with a family concert from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. We'll show child-friendly Halloween silent cartoons, Kennerley will perform on the organ and we'll conclude with a children’s costume parade with prizes. At 7 p.m., there is an adult costume parade with the winners chosen by special judges. This is followed by the...

Start Time:7 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland, ME

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Saturday, November 16, 2019-Booty & The Beast: James Kennerley with Motor Booty Affair

• Booty &the Beast: James Kennerley with Motor Booty Affair

Kennerley will join Maine disco tribute band Motor Booty Affair on stage at the Merrill for a night of 70s dance floor classics. The show will include the full 70s experience: afros, bell bottoms, platform shoes, polyester and dance moves to the backdrop of a sound and light show. “The Beast” is the Kotzschmar organ. You...

Start Time:8 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland, ME

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Monday, December 23, 2019-Christmas with Kennerley

Christmas With Kennerley Deck the halls with Portland's Municipal Organist James Kennerley and the spectacular Kotzschmar Organ. This Portland tradition is sure to make your holidays merry and bright with Christmas cheer. Listen to favorite holiday carols performed by special guests including soprano Malinda Hasslett and tenor Jonathan Boyd, the voices of ChoralArt, the Kotzschmar...

Start Time:7 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland, ME

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Friday, March 20, 2020-Bach Birthday Bash

Celebrate what would be German composer and organist Johann Sebastian Bach’s 335th birthday. Bach is known to many classical music enthusiasts as the “high priest” of the pipe organ. Kennerley will perform many of the composer’s classical masterpieces, as well as his own re-imagined versions of Bach favorites. General Admission $30 (includes all facility fees)....

Start Time:7 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland, ME

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