PORTLAND, Maine – The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) dedicates its final performances of the 2011-2012 season to honoring the centennial year of the Kotzschmar Organ. Music Director Robert Moody conducts two festive programs celebrating the city’s mighty organ, which will be played by Ray Cornils, the Municipal Organist for the City of Portland. The Kotzschmar Centennial Celebration performances are Sunday, May 6 at 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium.
The program begins with Richard Danielpour’s Toward the Splendid City, a musical portrait of New York City and a tribute to its Philharmonic Orchestra. The piece grapples with the composer’s understanding of humanity within the complexities of urban living. Joseph Jongen’s lyrical and colorful while simultaneously tranquil and mysterious Symphonie Concertante for Organ and Orchestra follows. Camille Saint-Saëns’ composition, Symphony No. 3 in c minor, “Organ,” closes the program, and the PSO season, with a fittingly triumphant finale.
The Kotzschmar Organ is one of two remaining municipal organs in the country and was installed as a gift to the city of Portland in 1912. Today it is considered one of the city’s greatest treasures. Audience members will experience the musical power of the organ matched with the equally powerful symphony selections. Ray Cornils is a regular performer with the PSO, and is a member of the music faculties of Bowdoin College and the University of Southern Maine. In addition, he teaches at the Portland Conservatory of Music, and is the Minister of Music at Parish Church in Brunswick.
There will be a Concert Conversation with Robert Moody an hour and 15 minutes prior to each concert, and a PostConcert Q&A on stage. Following both Sunday and Tuesday concerts there will be a season finale reception in the rehearsal hall at Merrill Auditorium.
This concert is sponsored by LL Bean and will be broadcast on MPBN’s Maine Stage at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2012.
Tickets are available through PortTIX.com, 207-842-0800 or at the box office at 20 Myrtle St.; box office hours are noon – 6 PM Monday through Saturday. Single ticket prices range from $20 to $70 with special pricing available for students, seniors and subscribers. All ticket prices include a $2 Merrill Restoration fee, and phone and internet orders are subject to a $6-per-ticket PortTIX handling fee.
The 2011-2012 PSO season is sponsored by IDEXX Labs and Wright Express. Please visit portlandsymphony.org. for complete information on artist biographies, program notes and Online Insights, provided with support from Digital Enrichment Sponsor Fairpoint Communications.
About the Portland Symphony Orchestra:
Founded in 1923, the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is the largest performing arts organization in Maine and is widely regarded as one of the top symphony orchestras of its size in the country. Made up of more than 80 professional musicians, the PSO is renowned for its critically acclaimed performances and broad community engagement.
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