It’s been almost four months since the mighty Kotzschmar Memorial Organ has been in the hands of its official organist, but that drought ends April 18 when James Kennerley sits at the console and plays his first concert since being named Portland municipal organist.
When Ray Cornils took his final bow as Portland’s 10th municipal organist last December, attention turned to his successor, British-born James Kennerley, who had recently been named the 11th. Kennerley will perform his Portland debut concert on April 18, and he’s chosen a thematically appropriate program – entirely overtures. Great beginnings.
Kennerley’s Portland debut lists seven pieces by seven different composers and represents a time span from the 1800s and 1900s plus one contemporary work. I’ve reserved my tickets and I’m expecting a great show.
-Scott Andrews, The Forecaster, April 9, 2018
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