Please visit our HOME PAGE for specifics on any Special Concerts that are listed below, immediately under the following Daily Performer Schedule.
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 a rough guide that 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.
2015 Wanamaker Organ Special Concert Season
(with upcoming Kimmel Center Organ Concerts listed below)
NOTE: The information immediately below 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.
his year's 20th Annual Wanamaker Organ Day is on Saturday June 6, and there will also be early-bird events on Friday June 5. Please mark your calendars now and scroll down for details!
What could be more spectacular than grand orchestra
and Wanamaker Organ? Critic Alexander Russell said that when the two
were heard together it created "A Perfect Niagara of Sound." Tickets for
the June 6 Grand Evening Capstone Concert with the Philadelphia Youth
Orchestra are available by clicking the icon at right. The concert
concludes the orchestra's spectacular 75th year, and together with Peter
Richard Conte's 25th anniversary, honors a full century of musical
excellence. The exciting 8:30 pm program, at popular prices ($40 and
$50), is slated to include thrilling organ-orchestra arrangements and
the following pieces...
- Shostakovich - Festive Overture
- Sheridan Seyfried - Across the Sky (2015)
- Richard Strauss - Festival Prelude
- Mahler - Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
- Saint-Saens - Finale from Symphony No. 3
- (details subject to change)
members and their parties are eligible for the $40 discount tickets.
New members may join for just $25. Both options are found near the top
of our webstore, accessed by clicking HERE.WANAMAKER ORGAN DAY SCHEDULE Saturday
June 6 is a day of free pipe-organ chamber tours, audio-visual
presentations, a silent movie and thrilling concerts on the 29,000-pipe
day opens at 10 am with free tours of the organ chambers and Friends
Museum. Meet your guides at the Friends table at the rear of the Grand
at 10 am Rick Seifert returns to present his documentary "The Greatest
Musical Wonder in the World," a history of the Wanamaker Grand Court
Organ. Accompanied by a spectacular soundtrack and 500 historic images,
the live presentation provides a rare glimpse into the grandeur of the
former Wanamaker Department Store. The program is in Greek Hall on the
Third Floor, Market and 13th Streets corner. To view a poster of the
event, click Here.
The music itself begins with
a Grand Opening Concert at 11:30 am featuring Peter Richard Conte, Rudy
Lucente, flugelhornist Andrew Ennis and virtuoso Peter Krasinski.
Pasternak, the First Lady of the Wanamaker Organ, hosts a live
broadcast of her WRTI-FM program "Crossover" as the performances are
featured, and this part of Wanamaker Organ Day may be heard anywhere
live over the Internet at WRTI.org. This program is in memory of Harry
Mr. Krasinski is featured again at our Greek Hall Wurlitzer at
2 pm, playing the silent comedy "It" (1927) starring Clara Bow, the
original "It Girl." Admission is $10 at the door, but those who have
evening concert tickets are admitted free.
is the charming story of an ingenue who has "It," that undefinable
something that is a combination of beauty and charm. She is Betty Lou, a
shop girl whose looks propel her into the arms of a department store
magnate (Antonio Moreno).
The Wanamaker Organ Day action
then shifts to the Grand Court at 5 pm, where Peter Richard Conte is
joined by the Philadelphia Brass and a battery of Tympani for a sonic
bombardment sure to set the rafters rumbling. This program is held in
memory of Wally McLean
At night the stars come out with our ticketed Grand
Evening Concert featuring Peter Richard Conte with the Philadelphia
Youth Orchestra under maestro Louis Scaglione in the Capstone Concert of
the orchestra's 75th Anniversary Celebration. Tickets are available HERE!
Friends members get a $10 discount for themselves and all those in
their party. Pricing ($40 members / $50 nonmembers) is exceptionally
reasonable for an organ-orchestra event, so secure your admissions now!
This program is held in memory of Sam Whitcraft.
Special note to
shoppers: visitors who stop by Macy's information desk are eligible for
special shopping courtesies if they identify themselves as Wanamaker
Friday (June 5) events include the noon Wanamaker Organ concert, followed by by the opening of the console area and a free tour of the Organ Shop. At 3pm in Greek Hall, Rick Seifert presents the full
version of his exciting audio-visual presentation "The Greatest Musical
Wonder in the World: A History of the Grand Court Organ." This
acclaimed event is continually being revised and improved with new
photos and music. Following that, another Shop Tour is available, and
the evening is capped by organ music at 7 pm.
staying in the area might enjoy going to the Theatre Organ Society of
the Delaware Valley's presentation of Ron Rhode at the Colonial Theatre
in Phoenixville PA, at 2 pm.
Tourist information for Wanamaker
Organ Day visitors, including hotel and restaurant ideas and money
saving tips, is available by clicking the banner below. We look forward
to seeing you!
Please check our Home Page for important details and for lead-in events of Friday June 5.
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 Kimmel Center Organ Day is on Saturday June 13, 2015.
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!