Listen to recordings by Peter Richard Conte, Macy's Grand Court organist, from Macy's in downtown Philadelphia. The Wanamaker Organ Hour is produced with the cooperation of the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ.
When Michael Stairssits 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.
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
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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)
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”