Wanamaker Organ Hour

The first Sunday of each month, 5 to 6 pm
Peter Richard Conte
Jill Pasternak

Listen to recordings by Peter Richard Conte, Macy's Grand Court organist, from Macy's in downtown Philadelphia. Peter chats about his music with Jill Pasternak back at the WRTI studio. The Wanamaker Organ Hour is produced with the cooperation of the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ.

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Wanamker Organ Hour
1:50 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Peter Richard Conte Performs! Wanamaker Organ Hour on WRTI, April 13, 5 PM

Peter Richard Conte

Join Jill Pasternak and Wanamaker Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte for our monthly program, recorded at Macy's Center City, on the world-famous Wanamaker Organ. Sunday, April 13, 5 to 6 pm.

PROGRAM:

Grand Choeur Dialogue, Eugene Gigout

Fountain Reverie, Percy Fletcher

Sunflower Slow Drag, Scott Joplin/transcribed by Peter Richard Conte

"Regina Coeli" from Cavalleria Rusticana, Pietro Mascagni/transcribed by Peter Richard Conte

With Guest Organist Robert Plimpton
3:24 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Music of Robert Elmore: Wanamaker Organ Hour, March 2, 5 PM

Organist and composer Robert Elmore

Join Jill Pasternak and Wanamaker Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte in our monthly program, recorded at Macy's Center City, on the world-famous Wanamaker Organ.  This month, it's music of Robert Elmore (1913-1985), with guest organist Robert Plimpton, from a live concert in the Wanamaker Grand Court in June, 2012. Sunday, March 2, 5 to 6 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM and online at wrti.org

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:20 am
Sun December 1, 2013

Da Vinci's String Organ Must Be Heard To Be Believed

Pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki presents the "viola organista" on Oct. 18 in Krakow, Poland. Zubrzycki spent almost four years building the instrument, which is based on a late 15th-century design by Leonardo da Vinci.
Tomasz Wiech AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 11:41 am

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ENCORE!
9:45 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Talented Young Organists On Wanamaker Organ Hour: August 4th, 5 PM

Students from the annual Macy's/Sansom Foundation Organ Camp, July 2013

Don't miss our annual broadcast of the extraordinarily talented students who attended the Macy's/Sansom Foundation Organ Camp this summer. Instructors Alan Morrison and Peter Richard Conte coached the young musicians; we'll hear the result on Sunday's broadcast from 5 to 6 pm, recorded on the Wanamaker Organ at Macy's Downtown.  Peter Richard Conte and Jill Pasternak co-host the show.

Program:
Sigfrid Karg-Elert: Nun Danket alle Gott
Jordan Abbasi, organist

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Crossover
4:44 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Wanamaker Organ Day LIVE On WRTI: June 29, 11:30 AM

Join us for a special edition of Crossover on Saturday, June 29th, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm - broadcast live from this year's Wanamaker Organ Day at Macy's Center City - the free, day-long musical extravaganza in celebration of the world's largest pipe organ.

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Wanamaker Organ Hour
8:40 am
Sun June 2, 2013

Wanamker Organ Hour: Virtuoso Isabelle Demers

Isabelle Demers, organist
Acis Records

This month Peter Richard Conte and Jill Pasternak welcome virtuoso organist Isabelle Demers, Organ Professor and Head of the Organ Program at Baylor University in Texas, where she teaches organ and courses in the organ curriculum. Ms. Demers recently performed on the Wanamaker Organ and it's music from that concert we'll hear this week.

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ENCORE!
9:02 am
Sun January 6, 2013

Wanamaker Organ Hour: From Bach to Sullivan

Join Jill Pasternak and Wanamaker Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte in our monthly program, recorded at Macy's Center City, on the world-famous Wanamaker Organ.  This month, it's works by J.S. Bach and Sir Arthur Sullivan, plus a composition by a Philadelphia favorite: organist Robert Elmore.  This year marks the 100th anniversary of Elmore's birth.  Sunday, January 6, 5 to 6 pm.

Program:

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Wanamaker Organ Hour
5:55 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Welcome Christmas with the Wanamaker Organ: Dec. 2nd at 5 pm on ENCORE!

Jill Pasternak and Macy's Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte welcome the Christmas season with beautiful organ music on Sunday, 5 to 6 pm.  The broadcast, recorded on the Wanamaker Organ at Macy's in downtown Philadelphia, features a full hour of music for the holiday.

Peter Richard Conte performs "Silent Night" live at Macy's downtown:

PROGRAM:

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme … J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

I saw three ships come sailing in … Geoffrey Bush (1920-1988)
arr. by Colvin Randall

Two settings of ‘In Dulci Jubilo’ (In Sweet Rejoicing)
Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

The Holy Boy … John Ireland (1879-1962)

March of the Wooden Soldiers … Victor Herbert (1859-1924)
(from Babes in Toyland) transcribed by Peter Richard Conte

Winter’s Night … Frederick Delius (1862-1934) Transcribed by Robert Hebble

Ii est né, le divin Enfant … Henri Büsser (1872-1973)

Two settings of ‘Orientis Partibus’
Thomas Matthews (1915-1999)
Arthur Wills (b. 1926)

Away in a Manger … Keith Chapman (1945-1989)

For unto us a child is born (from Messiah) … G. F. Handel (1685-1759)
w/Philadelphia Brass (from "Christmas in the Grand Tradition" on Gothic Records)

Hallelujah, (from Messiah) … Handel
(From the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s ‘Random Act of Culture’ at Macy’s, Oct 2010)

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5:10 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Wanamaker Organ Hour: Nov. 4th at 5 pm on ENCORE!

WRTI's Jill Pasternak and Macy's Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte present a special program of gorgeous organ works this month, including:

Mussorgsky: Night On Bald Mountain
Chopin: Military Polonaise
Liszt: Consolation No. 5
Gilbert and Sullivan: Music from “Patience”
Widor: Andante from Symphony No. 2
Vierne: Carillon de Westminster from “24 pieces de fantaisie”

Join us on Sunday, November 4th, 5 to 6 pm.

Wanamaker Organ Hour
12:37 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Wanamaker Organ Hour: October 7th at 5 pm on ENCORE!

Peter Richard Conte

Join WRTI's Jill Pasternak and Macy's Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte as they present a variety of performances of great works including Dudley Buck's Concert Variations on 'The Last Rose of Summer', Gabriel Faure's Nocturne from Shylock, and Sowerby's Comes Autumn Time.

As a special treat, they'll reprise a live performance from our June 2012 Organ Day - Wagner's Siegfried's Funeral March and Immolation Scene. Sunday, October 7th, 5 to 6 pm. Tune in!

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