Monthly Archives September 2014

Kotzschmar: 100 Stops After 100 Years

A commission for this occasion by Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (FOKO) began the musical program. The Concertino FOKO, Op. 1073, by Carson Cooman (b. 1982) was given its world premiere by Cornils, organ, and the Kotzschmar Festival Brass conducted by Conte. In the composer’s description: “The music begins with a raucous salvo by brass and percussion, attempting to wake up the sleeping organ. The sleepy organ responds with its quietest sounds, and the brass try again, getting a bit more of a response. After a third try, the organ bursts awake in a vibrant mini-toccata in which the brass
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Kotzschmar’s return: A ‘big moment’ for Portland’s cultural side

It’s perfectly appropriate that Ray Cornils will be at the bench when Portland celebrates the return of the mighty Kotzschmar Organ. Cornils is one of only two municipal organists in the country and has served in that capacity in Portland since 1990, as long as any of the nine men who have held the position before him. The century-old organ returns to service with a sold-out concert Saturday at Merrill Auditorium following a two-year, $2.6 million reconstruction. Cornils, who turned 59 on Friday, has become an ambassador for the instrument, which came to the city in 1912 as a gift from
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Ray Cornils on 94.9 WHOM

Click here to listen to the full interview on WHOM’s website. Portland’s Kotzschmar Organ has been under repair for the past two years. The revitalized organ is about to have it’s unveiling. A full schedule of events is planned. The historic and massive organ spans 60 feet at the back of the Merrill Auditorium stage. Portland’s Municipal Oranganist joined us in the 94.9 HOM studios to talk about the Grand Opening Concert on Saturday, September 27 at 7:30 PM. Other events for the 2014-15 line-up include the First Friday Artwalk on October 3, the Halloween Silent Film Night on October 31
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