A "Tall Instrument" meets a Classic Maritime Film

Promoting maritime heritage is a major of part of the mission of Tall Ships Portland, and maritime heritage manifests itself in any ways. Besides the physical heritage - the ships, sails and clothes that tie us to our seafaring past, our maritime heritage also contains books, songs and movies. This is why we are excited to announce the screening of an iconic movie about maritime history, the silent film Old Ironsides. This film, which is itself concerned with a famous item of American history - the USS Constitution, and concerns the efforts of a young man who finds himself involved in a conflict between North African pirates and Constitution.

The Kotzschmar Organ. Photo Credit: Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ

This classic movie will be accompanied by a one-of-a-kind instrument as well – an 103 year-old “tall instrument.”  The amazing Kotzschmar Organ, which was once the second largest organ in the world, is housed in Portland’s Merrill auditorium. It is an incredible sight, not to mention hear played alongside a landmark American film. Join organist (and sailor!) Peter Krasinski as he deftly creates musical themes from the Kotzschmar’s palette of voices to compliment the images of the film. Classic film and live music come together with a sailing theme in this screening of Old Ironsides, a collaboration of Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ and Tall Ships Portland. Not only is it a unique and special event, it’s for a good cause. Proceeds from the ticket sales go to the Tall Ships Scholarship Fund and Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (FOKO) Education and Outreach programs to inspire a new generation of sailors and musicians.