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Introducing Portland’s 11th Municipal Organist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: 19 September 2017   The Tradition Lives On: James Kennerley – Portland’s 11th Municipal Organist   Portland, ME — Municipal Organist is a phrase that symbolizes a strong relationship between government and the arts – a relationship that is becoming more scarce each year. It’s a title so rare, only two cities in the U.S. have such a position: San Diego, California and our own Portland, Maine. This year, the City of Portland renews its commitment to continuing the legacy of the Municipal Organist with the appointment of James Kennerley. Mr. Kennerley will be the City’s
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Celebrating 50 years of John Weaver Performing on the Kotzschmar Organ

Ray Cornils 12 Highlights from his work in Maine Celebrating 50 years of John Weaver Performing on the Kotzschmar Organ In 1956 organist John Weaver sat at the console of the Kotzschmar Organ for the first time. This began an unbroken 50-year run of John Weaver performances on the Kotzschmar organ, the longest performance streak of any musician on Portland’s famed instrument. Ray Cornils, who retires from his position as Municipal Organist on December 31st of this year, remembers Mr. Weaver’s performances fondly. “John Weaver’s annual concert was always a highlight for me. He has a straight-forward, no-nonsense approach to
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Ray Cornils, Pedagogy, and Music Education

Ray Cornils 12 Highlights from his work in Maine Ray Cornils, Pedagogy, and Music Education Successful teachers, regardless of their discipline, all have two things in common: they are passionate about teaching and passionate about what they teach. So it is with Ray Cornils, who retires from his 45 year-long music pedagogy career on August 31. His passion for music education begins with his love of the organ and expands with his natural interest in educating musicians. “Growing up, I fell in love with the organ through listening to performances at my church and decided that was what I wanted
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Photos from Orgelfest17

Thank you… …to our performers — Monica Czausz, Richard Elliott, Nathan Avakian, Ray Cornils, and the Kotzschmar Festival Brass: Dana Russian, Betty Rines, John Boden, Nic Orovich, Mark Manduca, and Nancy Smith. Click here to read the concert programs and biographies.   Photos courtesy of Russ Burleigh.   Monica Czausz August 1, 2017 Richard Elliott August 8, 2017 Nathan Avakian August 15, 2017 Ray Cornils and Kotzschmar Festival Brass August 22, 2017
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How Portland got such a big organ

How Portland got such a big organ This Week in Portland History is bringing to light a person or event from the city’s past. “A steady winter wind was blowing that night in January 1908. The temperature was 17 degrees and falling, making it a particularly bad night for City Hall to burn down. But it did, to the ground. It was a total disaster. In the end, there wasn’t much left except a few smoking walls. The total loss was worth $600,000. Unfortunately, the building was only insured for $80,000. The previous City Hall burned in the great fire
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