This is the time of year that anticipation builds for the holiday season. Last year we were preparing to say goodbye to Ray Cornils and his last performance as the municipal organist. Now we are all looking forward to the 1st Christmas with Kennerley. Anyone who has experienced James Kennerley’s performances will understand the unique level of energy and pure joy that he brings to the Merrill stage. Yes, there will be many more chances to experience our new municipal organist in future years, but this will be his first Christmas concert, and in that sense this will be unique evening.

Now is a good time to remind ourselves that there is more to FOKO and the Mighty Kotzschmar than the Christmas concert. We present concerts throughout the year, and we attract world class organists to our very special organ. We also reach out to schools and cultural organizations, we have docents and friends who tirelessly connect the people of this region to our 106 year old instrument that was a gift to the city and the new municipal auditorium. It is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Please consider your own gift to FOKO as we make sure that this organ will always be available to the people of Portland, and Maine, and to cultural enthusiasts everywhere.

Tom Cattell

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