Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1911 Wanamaker Organ at the Macy’s Center City in Philadelphia, PA
…since its inauguration in 1911, the 1911 Wanamaker Organ, at Macy’s, has prevailed as an internationally renowned fixture of the downtown Philadelphia commercial and cultural scene. We explore its resources with artist-in-residence Peter Conte and curator Curt Mangel.
SIR ARTHUR SULLIVAN: H.M.S. Pinafore Overture
ROBERT HEBBLE: Homage to Fritz Kreisler, Londonderry Air
LEONARD BERNSTEIN: Candide Overture
MARCEL DUPRÉ: The World Awaiting the Savior, from Symphonie-Passion, Opus 23
SIR EDWARD ELGAR: Empire March
SIR EDWARD ELGAR: Nimrod, and Finale, from Enigma Variations, Opus 86
LOUIS VIERNE: Toccata, from Pieces de fantasie, Opus 53
MARCEL DUPRÉ: Nativité-Crucifixion-Résurrection, from Symphonie-Passion, Opus 23
Filler –LEONARD BERNSTEIN (see above)
Performances here are derived, in part, from compact discs available on the Gothic Records label, and from recordings made during the American Guild of Organists National Convention, recorded in June of 2004, and the American Theatre Organ Society ‘Afterglow’ concert from July 2007.
A few tickets may still be available for a gala concert on September 27, 2008, in celebration of Macy’s 150th Anniversary, when the world’s largest functioning pipe organ is presented in concert with the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. More information is available online through the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ. See you there!