James Kennerley and Kotzschmar Festival Brass

Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 7:30pm

An American in Paris – spectacular music for organ and brass

Join James Kennerley, Portland’s Eleventh Municipal Organist, for his second concert on the mighty Kotzschmar. James is joined by brass and percussion players from the Portland Symphony Orchestra for this special concert, featuring music from the great cathedrals of France, the American silver screen, and even a medieval battleground!

You’ll hear a dramatic symphony by French virtuoso organist and composer Alexandre Guilmant, and a piece by Lefébure-Wely that has been described as “circus music!” We’ll revel in new transcriptions of piano works by Claude Debussy (including the celebrated Clair de Lune) that James has crafted specifically to take advantage of the myriad of orchestral sounds of the Kotzschmar.

The grand finale is a new arrangement of George Gershwin’s classic masterpiece, An American in Paris. Composed in 1928 after Gershwin’s recent visit to the capital, it evokes the sights and sounds of that magical city (including the iconic taxi horns!), with plenty of blues and jazz thrown into the mix. Don’t miss this chance to hear the Mighty Kotzschmar like you’ve never heard it before. It’s the perfect way to celebrate summer!


Concert Details

  • 6:30pm Kotzschmar Konversation with James hosted by Robin Rilette of Maine Public (in Merrill Auditorium’s Rehearsal Room, further down Myrtle Street past Merrill’s entrance)
  • 7:30pm Concert with Kotzschmar Festival Brass
  • Concert line up and James’ biography

Tickets: $20 General Admission (Seniors $18, Students $15, Kids 12 and under FREE but tickets required)

Available at PortTIX and over the phone at 207-842-0800.

PortTIX Box Office: 20 Myrtle Street, Portland, ME; Hours: M-F 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm


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Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 7:30pm
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland, ME
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