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Musical Portland nonprofits band together

By Mike Macisso on Aug. 19, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Two of Portland’s music-focused nonprofit organizations, the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (FOKO) and the Choral Art Society (CAS), have joined together in an alliance to bolster the creative output and reduce the administrative overlap of both organizations. According to FOKO’s Executive Director Kathleen Grammer, “the newly …

Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ announces new board members

By Mike Macisso on July 02, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ announced that Christi Razzi and Eugene Story have been appointed to the Portland non-profit’s Board of Directors. “It is indeed a pleasure to welcome both Christi and Gene to the FOKO board of directors,” said FOKO’s Executive Director Kathleen Grammer. “Their …

Teaching in the Kotzschmar Tradition

By Mike Macisso on June 05, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.
Over the course of the last ten years, the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (FOKO) has constructed a fully-fledged education program featuring Maine’s “King of Instruments”—the Kotzschmar Organ. This June, they will be presenting their program at the American Guild of Organists’ national convention in Boston. The biennial convention will …

Winners of Kotzschmar Scholarship Announced

By Mike Macisso on May 13, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.
Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ has announced this year’s winners of the annual Hermann Kotzschmar Memorial Scholarship, which provides financial aid for Greater Portland-area students who demonstrate exceptional musical ability. Resident students aged 10–25 studying voice, piano, organ or an orchestral instrument may apply for a scholarship each year. Every …

A Homecoming Season for the Kotzschmar Organ

By Mike Macisso on March 24, 2014, at 10:12 a.m.
On Monday, April 7, tickets will go on sale for the extensive calendar of events that has been planned to celebrate the homecoming of the Kotzschmar Organ to Merrill Auditorium. The season will be kicked off at the Grand Opening Concert on Saturday, September 27, which will feature Peter Richard …

Kotzscharama Brings Interdisciplinary Learning to Maine Classrooms

By Mike Macisso on March 04, 2014, at 10:07 a.m.
Portland’s iconic Kotzschmar Organ, donated over a century ago by publishing mogul Cyrus Curtis and the centerpiece of Merrill Auditorium ever since, has become the inspiration for a progressive, multifaceted education program in Maine schools. Developed by the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (FOKO) nonprofit, the curriculum includes a series …
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CVC Catering Group announces new executive chef

By Mike Macisso on Feb. 28, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Things are heating up in the CVC Catering kitchen. One of the finest sources for culinary events in Portland has added a fresh face to their lineup: Executive Chef Todd Belanger will now be developing a range of new dishes to add to CVC’s award-winning menu. Coming …
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Facade of the Kotzschmar Organ.

The triumphant return of the restored Kotzschmar Organ

By Mike Macisso on Feb. 05, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — At long last, the heart and soul of Merrill Auditorium is coming back to its home. Since it was installed in the auditorium in 1912, the Kotzschmar Organ has been an integral element in Portland’s history and arts. As one of the two surviving municipal organs in …

“Christmas with Cornils – A Kotzschmar Christmas!”

By Mike Macisso on Dec. 03, 2013, at 5:21 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine —  Tickets are on sale for the popular holiday season performances of “Christmas with Cornils – A Kotzschmar Christmas.” Each year, Ray Cornils, Portland’s very own Municipal Organist, leads a group of talented musicians from across New England in a joyous celebration of the season. The concerts, featuring …

Dancing With the Dentists a Huge Success

By Mike Macisso on Nov. 26, 2013, at 5:10 p.m.
PORTLAND — In it’s inaugural season, Dancing With the Dentists exceeded all expectations in raising well over $40,000 for Portland’s Healthcare for the Homeless Dental Clinic and Maine Dental LifeLine. Conceived by Dr. Glen Knock and patterned after the wildly popular “Dancing With the Stars,” local dentists were paired with …

Local Dentists to Host Dance Competition Fundraiser

By Mike Macisso on Oct. 30, 2013, at 4:46 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Mark your calendars for Nov. 16, when Maine dentists will gather at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland for a charitable ballroom dancing competition called “Dancing With the Dentists.” The event will help to raise money for Donated Dental Services and the Oral Health Program at Health …
 
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