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Kotzschmar Memorial Trust Scholarship 2016

2016 Scholarship Recipient Announcement: The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (FOKO) are pleased to announce that the following young musicians have been awarded with the Kotzschmar Memorial Trust Scholarship after auditions on Saturday, March 5, 2016: Josie DiPhilippo, 18, of South Portland studying piano with Naydene Bowder Jordan Dube, 20, of Gorham studying clarinet with Thomas Parchman Erin Leach, 18, of East Waterboro studying flute with Kysia Tripp Grace Lee, 15, of Falmouth studying viola with Kimberly Lehmann Emily Licholai, 20, of Brunswick studying flute with Jean Roseblum Morgan Peppe, 13, of Westbrook studying violin with Robert Lehmann Christopher Staknys,
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Concert Review: Metropolis Film with Peter Krasinski 3/6/16

Thanks to everyone who came out to see the epic Metropolis last Sunday with organist Peter Krasinski at the Kotzschmar. We had a great turnout and it is always so exciting to see the support for such a unique art form. (What’s not to love about classic cinema paired with a live, improvised soundtrack by a remarkable organist?) Allan Kozinn reviewed the event for the Portland Press Herald: “[Metropolis is] so intense and action-filled that, apart from an intermission, a player has scant opportunity to regroup between scenes. But Lang’s vivid imagery is packed with cues that Krasinski turned into
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Carol Williams Nov. 17 Concert Press Release

Carol Williams is Ready to Rock the Kotzschmar: San Diego’s Civic Organist Visits Portland’s Municipal Icon (Click here for PDF version of article) Portland, Maine — From Mozart to Al Jolson, “Greensleeves” to “Phantom of the Opera,” organist Dr. Carol Williams is fluent. The British-born concert organist is San Diego’s Civic Organist (the first woman in the world to ever hold that title), and is returning to the Kotzschmar Organ for the first time since its two-year-long, $2.6 million renovation. On Tuesday, November 17, at 7:30pm, Williams will be bringing an invigorated and inspired collection of classics, contemporary tunes, and original compositions
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Concert Review: Nosferatu Film with Tom Trenney 10/30/15

We had an incredible turn out for our Halloween Silent Film Night on October 30th, with over 650 people joining in the Halloween festivities to see the eerie classic Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, with organist Tom Trenney at the Kotzschmar. Allan Kozinn noted in his review for the Portland Press Herald: “Trenney’s task, which he accomplished with admirable flexibility, was to present an improvised score that accounted for the audience’s response, while also respecting Murnau’s intention, which was to present a scary tale.” Read the entire review at the Portland Press Herald
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Education Resource – Messiaen Curriculum

As part of our Kotzschmar 4 Kids education outreach, The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (FOKO) is pleased to present this curriculum based on the life and music of Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992). Exploring Music with the Pipe Organ: Olivier Messiaen Comes to Visit is the product of ten years of active in-classroom teaching. We offer this lesson plan as a teacher resource to be used in the classroom. For additional information about FOKO education programs please contact us at info@foko.org. Click to View the Messiaen Curriculum PDF  
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Alan Kozinn Concert Review: Ken Cowan 9/26/15

Ken Cowan gave a marvelous performance on Saturday, September 26th, his first concert since the completion of the Kotzschmar’s centennial renovation (revisit program notes here). Among the audience members was Allan Kozinn, former music critic and culture writer for The New York Times. In his review for the Portland Press Herald, Kozinn writes: “Several of the works Cowan played on Saturday – Sifgrid Kar-Elert’s “The Soul of the Lake” and the first part of Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” Prelude, for example – seem to have been chosen specifically because they included delicate passages, and the sound Cowan drew from
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Kotzschmar Memorial Trust Scholarship 2015

Scholarship Recipient Announcement: The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (FOKO) are pleased to announce that the following young musicians have been awarded with the Kotzschmar Memorial Trust Scholarship after auditions on Saturday, March 7, 2015: Josie DiPhilippo, 17, of South Portland studying piano with Naydene Bowder Madelyn Flanigan, 13, of Yarmouth studying piano with Chiharu Naruse Morgan Flanigan, 14, of Yarmouth studying piano with Chiharu Naruse Hannah Flanigan, 16, of Yarmouth studying violin with Yasmin Craig Vitalius Leah Israel, 15, of Cape Elizabeth studying voice with Judith James. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the musicians who
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Kotzschmar Organ Committee — Winter 2014

It started early in 2007, when we were first advised of the Kotzschmar Organ’s critical condition, and it climaxed in the last weekend of September, 2014. More than seven years of study and conversations, commitment and fundraising. Portland’s beloved Kotzschmar Organ left Maine for the first time since 1917 for two years of intense renovation. The staff of Foley-Baker, Inc. of Tolland, Connecticut ran an elegant “organ spa,” tending to every widget and spring in our mighty organ. When I first heard the organ after its return, I was struck by what a difference this project has made. A hundred
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