Concert review: Orgelfest ends with colorful performance by Ray Cornils

Portland’s municipal organist played his final standard recital before his planned retirement at the end of the year.

“By virtue of his position, as well as guest performances going back to 1987, Cornils has played this organ more than anyone else over the last three decades and had an important role in its 2012-’14 renovation. He has been heard on many of the city’s church organs as well, most notably at First Parish Church, where he is minister of music. Now he is taking his final laps as Portland’s organ master. He leaves his post at First Parish on Aug. 31 and relinquishes his municipal organist title on Dec. 31, after a final Christmas With Cornils concert on Dec. 19.”

Allan Kozinn, Portland Press Herald