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Kotzschmar is a Tricky Word to Say

We took Portland's Municipal Organist James Kennerley to the streets of Portland, Maine to see how many people could pronounce KOTZSCHMAR or know what Kotzschmar represents. A handful of people nailed it. A few others.... well, they had a slightly harder time. It was all in good fun and we made some new friends along the way. Many thanks to the people who indulged our requests to play along. About the Kotzschmar Organ The Kotzschmar Organ (, dedicated in 1912, is one of only two municipal organs in the U.S with a municipal organist. Housed in the historic Merrill Auditorium in the Arts district of Portland, Maine, the Kotzschmar offers an annual concert series featuring guest artists from around the world. The municipal organist, James Kennerley, is an award-winning keyboardist, conductor, composer and tenor. Hailing from Great Britain, he has performed at major music venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, including Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ maintain and preserve the organ in addition to producing and promoting concerts. They also offer a series of educational opportunities for children and adults, including organ tours, lectures, school curriculums and the Kotzschmar Memorial Trust Scholarship.
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