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.

Join us for Organ Day LIVE from Macy's Center City on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm with your hosts Jill Pasternak and Peter Richard Conte.

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WRTI Arts Desk
7:57 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Peter Richard Conte: Performing Orchestral Works With Two Hands and Two Feet

Wanamaker Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte

The symphonic organ had its heyday in the first half of the 20th century, when organists transcribed and played works written for orchestra. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, that practice is now coming back into musical fashion.

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Wanamaker Organ Hour
12:49 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

An All-New Wanamaker Organ Hour on WRTI: Peter Richard Conte Showcases Two New CDs, May 10, 5 PM

Join us for an all-new Wanamaker Organ Hour show with Peter Richard Conte and Jill Pasternak surveying two new CDs recorded with the Wanamaker Organ as part of two duets - of sorts.

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Crossover
10:22 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Michael Stairs: The Organist's Organist

Michael Stairs at the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ, Verizon Hall. Photo credit: Doug Blackman

When Michael Stairs sits at the organ console, the result is nothing but perfection. He is indeed the organist's organist. Stairs has been organist for The Philadelphia Orchestra since his appointment by Riccardo Muti in 1985. He taught at the Haverford School for 25 years and was beloved by his students. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, he also holds an Artist's Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music.

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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

The man who painted the Mona Lisa, and was the first to sketch out the helicopter and the submarine, also dabbled in music. So here's the question: What musical instrument did Leonardo da Vinci design?

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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.

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