Overtures: James Kennerley Début Performance

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 7:30pm


Tickets on sale now!

Join us for Overtures: the début performance of James Kennerley, the 11th Municipal Organist of Portland.

James will take us on a tour of some of the greatest music of the world, including celebrated orchestral overtures by Wagner, Rossini, and Bernstein transcribed for organ solo.

We’ll also hear works by César Franck, “father” of the French symphonic organ tradition, and a piece by former Municipal Organist, Edwin Lemare that achieved worldwide fame as one of the most popular songs of the day. Also featured on the program is a piece by contemporary British composer, Jonathan Dove, as well as one or two surprises!

“I wanted to make sure that I used every sound the mighty Kotzschmar has to offer. With five keyboards and literally hundreds of thousands of possible sound combinations, I realized that the world was my oyster! I’ve come up with a varied program that includes many of my favorite pieces as well as several new arrangements that have been composed especially for this concert.”

James comes to Portland by way of England and New York City. His virtuosic playing and dynamic personality are world-renowned, and we can’t wait to give him a good old Maine welcome!

As always, James will have lots of tricks up his sleeves (and socks!), and we are excited to celebrate this historic event with you. Bring your family, bring your friends – this is one event you won’t want to miss.

Read the press release for James Kennerley.

Read James Kennerley’s biography.

Concert Details & Tickets:

  • 6:30pm Pre-Concert Talk: Learn more about James Kennerley
  • 7:30pm Concert
  • Post-Concert Reception: Meet James Kennerley

Tickets: Reserved Seating $35, $25

Seniors 65+ $33, $23

Students $15

Kids 12 and under FREE

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

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PortTIX Box Office: 20 Myrtle Street, Portland, ME; Hours: M-Sat 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm or at www.porttix.com

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 7:30pm
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland, ME
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