The Portland Symphony Orchestra is concluding its 2011-2012 season with two concerts featuring the Kotzschmar Organ, which will be subjected to major renovations this fall, after a final three-day festival in August. 

Sunday’s concert, to be repeated Tuesday, was a reminder of why Portland’s municipal organ is worth a couple of million in repairs on its 100th anniversary. The great Saint-Saens Organ Symphony No. 3 in C Minor (Op. 78) provided ample evidence of just how magnificent  the combination of organ and orchestra can be.

The Symphonie Concertante for Organ and Orchestra, Opus 81, of Joseph Jongen (1873-1953), which preceded the Saint-Saens, hinted at some of its power, but it took the Symphony No. 3 to bring the audience to its feet.

A full review will appear in the Portland Press Herald.