Monthly Archives December 2018

207: Portland’s municipal organist improvises with traditional holiday music

James Kennerley has barely been Portland’s municipal organist for a year, but is proving his skills of improvisation on the Kotzschmar Organ inside of Merrill Auditorium. On Tuesday, he and some talented vocalists are putting a spin on traditional holiday classics with their show, “Christmas With Kennerley.” The show will be a mix of original songs by James Kennerley, and other traditional music with a touch of his own style. Kennerley has been a guest host on 207 in the past, and isn’t your typical organist. In his early thirties, he’s a composer, a conductor, a musician, and spends his
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Article: James Kennerley plans to pull out all the stops for his first Christmas concert in Portland

James Kennerley’s motto is go big and go bold. He’ll do both on Tuesday, Dec. 18 when he plays his first Christmas concert as Portland’s municipal organist, performing on the hallowed Kotzschmar Organ at Merrill Auditorium. He’ll be dressed in his brightest holiday bling, his feet donned in colorful socks, which has become a fashion statement of the enthusiastic musician. The organ’s sponsoring organization, the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, is asking people to bring new socks of all sizes and colors to the concert for donation to Preble Street. “Christmas is my favorite time of year,” said Kennerley. “Christmas
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