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Kotzschmar Organ renovations moving forward

6:37 PM, Sep 20, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland's Kotzschmar Organ is being put back together again as its 2-year long renovation continues.

The organ has been a part of Merrill Auditorium since it was donated in 1912. Last year, it was taken apart and sent to Connecticut for repair. Its Universal Windchest, basically its lungs, needed a complete overhaul. The pipes and valves were cleaned and fixed up, too. Now, all the pieces are being put back into place.

John Bishop, with the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ said, "We had a number of conversations about how likely the organ was to fall down before we did this. We're pretty sure it wasn't, but we're also sure that it was not in safe condition."

According to the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, San Diego is the only other city in the country with a municipal organ.
The price tag for this work is $2.5 million, split between private fundraising and a city bond, paid for through ticket surcharges at Merrill Auditorium.

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