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.
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
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.
Congratulations to John Modric of West Chester, PA, and Herbert Barndt of Pottstown, PA. They will join other organ enthusiasts on an exclusive tour of the Longwood, Wanamaker, and Kimmel Center organs. Although the contest is over, it's not too late to experience some world-class organ performances at Longwood.
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)