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.
Organist Peter Richard Conte plays the Wanamaker Organ, built in 1909 for the St. Louis World’s Fair, then expanded in the 1920s for the seven-story Grand Court of what is now Macy’s Center City department store. It is a mega example of a symphonic organ, which is designed to have orchestral sounds.
This is a must-hear broadcast for all of our organ music enthusiasts! It's The Philadelphia Orchestra's All-Organ Weekend from this past November - a mini-festival, of sorts, that represents the culmination of a month-long celebration of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ at Verizon Hall. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts.
For lovers of the "King of Instruments," this special three-hour broadcast will be a feast of glorious sound.
Jill Pasternak and Peter Richard Conte broadcast Crossover live from Wanamaker Organ Day at Macy's in Center City, Philadelphia on June 28th. You're invited to join Jill and Peter, and organists Jeremy Filsell, Rudy Lucente, and Tedde Gibson. Together they will present an extraordinary program of organ works at this annual tradition that celebrates the world's largest operational pipe organ.
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
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)
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.