Here is the schedule for regular daily 45-minute recitals:

Monday-Saturday 12pm
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 5:30pm
Wednesday, Friday 7pm

Visitors are welcome to tour the console area (Floor Two)
and meet the staff following the daily concerts.

 

 

Please visit our HOME PAGE for specifics on any Special Concerts that may also referenced below, immediately under the following Daily Performer Schedule. We update current concert information more frequently on the home page.

Daily Organ Concert Performers Guide

     Mondays  Noon: John Binsfeld or Peter Richard Conte.   5:30 pm: Michael Stairs
     Tuesdays  Noon: Fred Haas.   5:30 pm: Peter Richard Conte
     Wednesdays  Noon and 7 pm: Peter Richard Conte
     Thursdays  Noon: Peter Richard Conte.   5:30 pm: Michael Lawrence
     Fridays   Noon: Peter Richard Conte.   7 pm: Peter Richard Conte
     Saturdays  Noon: Peter Richard Conte.   5:30 pm: Peter Richard Conte


PLEASE NOTE: This schedule is presented as a rough guide only. It is subject to unannounced alteration owing to vacations, illness, happenings of the moment and periodic religious duties such as holy days, weddings and funerals. Other occasional performers include Rudy Lucente, Bryan Anderson and Wesley Parrott. We will endeavor to update this schedule as further information is provided to us.

Daily concerts are free and are in the huge Grand Court of the Macy's Philadelphia department store. Visitors unfamiliar with the site should know that no tickets or reservations are required.


SPECIAL ORGAN CONCERTS


2016 Wanamaker Organ Special Concert Season
(with upcoming Kimmel Center Organ Concerts listed below)

Wanamaker Organ Day is Saturday June 4, and we will actually be holding exciting events Friday June 3 as well. For Friday details, Please scroll down.


Wanamaker Organ Day features a powerhouse lineup, with featured artists Peter Richard Conte, Monte Maxwell and Walt Strony. Plans call for a 10 am Presentation of Rick Seifert's audio-visual tribute to the Wanamaker Organ in Greek Hall; a Morning Concert at 11 am that is broadcast over WRTI-FM and WRTI.org; afternoon Wurlitzer Events at 2 pm ($10 at the door or free to patrons of the Evening Concert) showcasing silent film subjects and classics from the Great American Songbook; free organ chamber tours.


Next at 5 pm is a concert spectacular with the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ Festival Chorus; and a ticketed Grand Evening Concert caps the day in the perfect hush of the Grand Court. This year at night the mighty Wanamaker is servant to three masters: Conte, Maxwell and Strony!



Yes-At Night, the Stars Come Out! Tickets for the June 4 Grand Evening Concert in the closed store are available at our webstore. For the first time we have a mega-talent line-up of three top organists that evening. Peter Richard Conte presents some of his tour-de-force arrangements, Walt Strony is slated to thrill with his acclaimed "Victory at Sea," and concert artist Monte Maxwell brings rafter-rocking masterworks.


Maxwell presides at the mammoth instrument at the Chapel of the Naval Academy at Annapolis, where officers and midshipmen worship. He is celebrated for a sell-out Halloween/All Saints Day spectacular he presides over mixing music, light, drama and dance.


The Grand Evening Concert includes an opening Walt Strony Wurlitzer Event in Greek Hall at 8 pm. There, patrons who have secured admissions may gather for light entertainment and light refreshments  (included with admission) as the Store closes. A table of sweet treats is also included!


A special highlight of the day is a gorgeous Andrew Ennis organ arrangement of "The Pines of the Appian Way" from Respighi's "The Pines of Rome." Thrill to the Wanamaker Organ in a rare four-hands transcription as Conte and Ennis (a talented Conte organ student for several years) access the added sonic riches of a multi-keyboard performance! To hear an orchestra version of the piece, just click on the Ennis/Conte icon.



At the free Wanamaker Organ Day 5 pm Grand Choral Concert, plans call for gorgeous choral masterworks that include portions of the Duruflé Requiem; Fauré's "Cantique de Jean Racine"; Cèsar Franck's Psalm 150; movements from Vierne's Messe Solennelle, including the Gloria and Kyrie; Widor's Tu es Petrus and Quam Dilecta Tabernacula Tua"; and other works.


This French choral presentation pays tribute to the collection of French heraldic regimental silk banners assembled by Rodman Wanamaker, which we are receiving from the Flag Heritage Foundation. We expect to have some of these on display.


Hearing the Wanamaker Organ in the closed store is the 'difference of night and day,' with the Organ's profound subtleties no longer masked by the necessary noises of commerce, and all inhibitions removed against tastefully playing Full Organ for sustained periods of time.


FRIDAY: For those of you coming earlier, expect an even more intimate experience with the Wanamaker Organ. Please plan on hearing the Friday concerts at Noon and 7pm. Tours of the console area are given following those events, and pipe chamber and Shop tours will also be given. We are also planning some events in Greek Hall, including Rick Seifert's presentation on the Wanamaker Organ at 2 pm, and a Wanamaker Organ art exhibition. Click on the Rick Seifert icon at right for a descriptive page on his presentations. And eep watching this spot as further details, including tour times, are announced!








JULY SANSOM STUDENT CONCERT: Peter Richard Conte reports that this year's Sansom Students are slated to play on Friday July 8 from 6:30 until 8 pm. We invite parents of aspiring musicians to come and meet these players during this free concert. Sansom students spend a week in masterclasses with Peter Richard Conte, Alan Morrison and others in sessions that include time performing on the Big Organ.


Previous students have gone on to top conservatories and at least one is featured in this year's Longwood competition. We give our deep thanks to the Sansom Foundation and Macy's for making this rare opportunity possible.




JULY SANSOM STUDENT CONCERT: Peter Richard Conte reports that this year's Sansom Students are slated to play on Friday July 8 from 6:30 until 8 pm. We invite parents of aspiring musicians to come and meet these players during this free concert. Sansom students spend a week in masterclasses with Peter Richard Conte, Alan Morrison and others in sessions that include time performing on the Big Organ.


NOTE: The information immediately above is a copy of concert information on our Home Page, which is updated more frequently. Because of the nature of arranging  scheduling in a department store, we regret that we cannot forecast our Special Concerts for more than two or three months in advance, except under extraordinary circumstances. We know that many of you like to plan trips for our events. For a general discussion on what a typical yearly special concerts schedule looks like, please scroll further down this page.

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Macy's Center City Philadelphia
daily store hours are
here. The store and organ are at 13th and Market Streets in downtown Philadelphia, next to City Hall. There is no need for reservations or special arrangements for the regular daily concerts, as they are held in the large central court of an active department store. The organ is not played on Sundays except for rare special events.
 
Producing Special Concerts in a department store is both a delight and a challenge. As our website has evolved, we have found it useful to put special concert information directly on our home page. This is especially true because our special concert schedule is dependent on the release of Macy's quarterly sales schedule, and as a result we generally only have six to eight weeks of notice from the time a date is granted until the event itself. We therefore give it the utmost prominence on the website.
 
The general pattern of our special events is a Spring afternoon concert, a post-Memorial Day Wanamaker Organ Day festival with evening concert, a Fall concert (sometimes in the evening) and a Christmas concert, generally on a Sunday afternoon after Thanksgiving. Wurlitzer events are often held in conjunction with Wanamaker Organ Day and our Fall concert.
 
During the Christmas season the Wanamaker Organ is covered with a scrim that affects its sound somewhat. Most of our concerts are geared to warmer months when humidity in the air dramatically increases the presence of the organ in the room, and when tuning tends to be more stable. Also we are able to avoid being snowed out for most of our events. Publication of our newsletters tends to follow the concert schedule, so that members can have timely information on our presentations.
 
Please consult the top of our home page of Wanamakerorgan.com for extensive detail on any concerts that are scheduled at any given moment. All members receive timely concert information through our quarterly newsletter, The Stentor, as well, and receive discounts on ticket purchases to special events.
 

 
 
Kimmel Center Organ Concerts
 
Kimmel Center organ concerts are another beloved Philadelphia music tradition. For the latest organ-concert information, please click here!  We have been given to understand that tickets to some events may receive a discount when the word Wanamaker is input in the appropriate field!


l You may connect with the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ on Facebook here!
 
l An entertaining highlights film on Kimmel Center Organ Day 2013 is here!
  

 
   
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