Peter Richard Conte

The Grand Court Wanamaker symphonic organ pairs with a lesser-known member of the brass family to provide an engaging new take on old favorites of opera and classical repertoire. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on the pioneering sound.


The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra is featured in this month's very special Wanamaker Organ Hour on WRTI. You'll hear highlights from Wanamaker Organ Day this past June - a thrilling day of music from the Grand Court at Macy's, with organist Peter Richard Conte.

This is a must-hear re-broadcast for all of our organ music enthusiasts! It's The Philadelphia Orchestra's All-Organ Weekend from last 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.

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

Jill Pasternak and Peter Richard Conte broadcast Crossover live from the 20th annual Wanamaker Organ Day at Macy's in Center City, Philadelphia on June 6th. You're invited to join Jill and Peter, and organists Peter Krasinski, Rudolph Lucente, and Fred Haas.

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.

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

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

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)

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