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Bach Birthday Bash
March 20 @ 7:30 pm$23
Portland is one of only two U.S. cities to still employ a municipal organist, and James Kennerley
has held that position for just over a year. This month, he’s ringing in Johann Sebastian Bach’s
334th birthday with a concert, performing some of the German composer’s organ pieces as well
as adapting other arrangements originally written for ensembles and orchestras. Bach, Kennerley
says, “was the absolute dude when it came to pipe-organ music.” When people feel the raw
energy that resonates up the 107-year-old Kotzschmar Organ’s thousands of pipes, he adds, they
can’t help but get hooked: “You cannot describe it. It’s like describing the effect of seeing the
Mona Lisa. You can try, but words fail.”
March 20. 20 Myrtle St. 207-842-0800.