Kotzschmar Organ tours slated for Aug. 4, Sept. 1

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PORTLAND — The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ are opening up the instrument for public viewings at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 4 and Sept. 1.

The public will be able to walk inside the windchest to see the inner workings of the organ, one of only two municipal organs in the U.S.

There will be a demonstration prior to the tours by Ray Cornils, who is celebrating his 20th year as city organist.

The tours at Merrill Auditorium will be offered for free. The public may also tour the Open Console, where the organ is played, from 2-5 p.m., but must pay $45 for the 30-minute session. Call 553-4363 to register.

For more information, visit FOKO.org.

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