Wanamaker Organ Hour

The first Sunday of each month, 5 to 6 pm
  • Hosted by Peter Richard Conte

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.

Coming up on May 1: Peter Richard Conte performs works by J.S. Bach, Robert Elmore, Henri Mulet, Robert Hebble, and Julius Reubke

CBS News feature about the Wanamaker Organ:

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

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

Jun 26, 2013

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.

Wanamker Organ Hour: Virtuoso Isabelle Demers

Jun 2, 2013
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.

Wanamaker Organ Hour: From Bach to Sullivan

Jan 6, 2013

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:

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)

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.

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!

This month's show features some truly outstanding young talent playing the Wanamaker Organ. It's the second of two shows featuring students of Alan Morrison from the Curtis Institute of Music. This is an annual collaboration between Curtis and Macy's, which offers the students a week-long workshop with Peter Richard Conte at the Wanamaker Organ, exploring the Symphonic School of organ repertoire, performance, and registration.

Wanamaker Organ Hour: July 1st at 5 pm on ENCORE!

Jun 28, 2012

WRTI's Jill Pasternak and Macy's Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte are joined by Alan Morrison, chair of organ studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, and four of his students: Thomas Sheehan, Bryan Anderson, Caroline Robinson, and Patrick Kreeger on Sunday, July 1st, from 5 to 6 pm. 

Mr. Sheehan and Mr. Anderson will perform a number of works, including Seth Bingham's Roulade, Richard Wagner's Overture to Tannhauser, and Julius Reubke's Sonata on the 94th Psalm.

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