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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Wanamaker Grand Court Organ at Macy's Department Store, Philadelphia, PA][decorative stamp]
Console of the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ at the Macy's Department Store, Philadelphia, PA

[1962 Harrison/Coventry Cathedral, England][decorative stamp]
1962 Harrison at Coventry Cathedral, England

[1928 Barton at Iowa Theatre/Cedar Rapids, IA][decorative stamp]
1928 Barton at Iowa Theatre/Cedar Rapids, IA

[Wurlitzer Unit Orchestra at Sanfilippo Residence, Barrington, IL][decorative stamp]
Wurlitzer Unit Orchestra at Sanfilippo Residence, Barrington, IL

[1999 Schantz at Moody Memorial 1st United Methodist Church, Galveston, TX][decorative stamp]
1999 Schantz at Moody Memorial 1st United Methodist Church, Galveston, TX

From the Opera Box

…transcriptions and arrangements of select solos and scenes from the lyric stage seem perfectly at home in the organ loft, too!

Audio Complete Show 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 1341 Hour 1 59:00 Min

Audio 1341 Hour 2 59:00 Min

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of October 14, 2013

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

Hour 1

GIUSEPPE VERDI: La Forza del Destino OverturePeter Richard Conte (Wanamaker Grand Court Organ/Macy's Department Store, Philadelphia, PA) Pipedreams Archive (r. 6/29/13)

GIOACHINO ROSSINI: La Gazza Ladra OvertureGiuliana Maccaroni & Federica Iannella (1821 Serassi/Santa Maria Assunta, Caluso, Italy) Tactus 791805

RICHARD WAGNER (trans. Lemare): Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla, fr Das RheingoldAnthony Newman (1954 Aeolian–Skinner/Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City) Columbia MQ–33268

VERDI (trans. Fumagalli): Offertory, after Stiffelio. VERDI (trans. Lebeau): Requiem aeternum, fr RequiemStefan Molardi (1797 Bossi/Church of St. Michael the Archangel, Roncole Verdi, Busetto) Tactus 812202

VERDI (arr. Marshall): Un ballo in maschera PreludeWayne Marshall (1962 Harrison/Coventry Cathedral, England) EMI 63490

VERDI: Triumphal Scene, fr Aida –Wanamaker Festival Chorus & Brass; Peter Richard Conte (Wanamaker Organ/Macy's, Philadelphia) Pipedreams Archive (r. 6/17/12)

Hour 2

BEDRICH SMETANA (trans. Heywood): Dance of the Comedians, fr The Bartered BrideThomas Heywood (1901–1934 Dodd/St. Mark’s Cathedral, Port Pirie, Australia) Hillwood Recordings 02

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER (arr. Trio con Brio): The Phantom of the OperaDonna Parker (Allen Q-311 theatre organ); Martin Ellis (Allen R–370 chapel organ), Jonas Nordwall (pipe organ/1st United Methodist Church, Portland, OR) Trio Con Brio 333–04

RUDOLF FRIML: The Vagabond King MedleySimon Gledhill (1927 Barton/Warren Performing Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN) CIC–ATOS 2001

JULES MASSENET: Meditation, fr ThaïsScott Foppiano (1928 Barton/Iowa Theatre/Cedar Rapids, IA) CRATOS 2003

RICHARD WAGNER: Pilgrim's Chorus, fr TannhäuserJohn Giacchi (Wurlitzer Unit Orchestra/Sanfilippo Residence, Barrington, IL) Modern Mood Music 003

EDWIN H. LEMARE: Paraphrase on Gounod's FaustThomas Heywood (1999 Schantz/Moody Memorial 1st United Methodist Church, Galveston, TX) Pro Organo 71687