Important News Updates
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Thanks so very much to all who made our Spring Concert Streamcast such a wonderful success. Particular thanks go to David Kim and Peter Richard Conte, with much backstage preparation from Jon Buchanan and Matt Taft. Thanks to all who made donations, too, to provide much needed funds for these expensive virtual presentations.
Our video yearbook is still in production and will be mailed out when complete. The same vendor, who is unexpectedly being compelled to move house and studio to a new location, is producing Item H for our Premium Gifts, and that too will be delayed. Thank you for your understanding.
The Spring Issue of the Friends newsletter has these exciting stories:
- Major Spring Virtual Concert Streamcast is in production featuring Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster David Kim and Peter Richard Conte, and also Conte Organ Solo Masterworks
- How professional restorers thoroughly restored our Eagle
- Major progress made on Solo Division
- How our gigantic Pedal mixture, the Grand Mutation, is being restored and what its sonic impact will be
- John Wanamaker’s Giant Electric Sign in Manhattan
- What was the Wanamaker Store in New York like when Wanamaker’s brought Marcel Dupre to dedicate its new Auditorium Organ
- How the pandemic is affecting Philadelphia and the Store
- Macy’s benefits from major construction initiatives
- Major Audsley landmark to be restored in Liverpool
- Readers send letters of appreciation for our streamcasts
- What happens when there are three Keith’s in the Organ Loft.
- Wit and wisdom from the late John Binsfeld.
Paid monthly tours have resumed! Tickets are available under the tour section of our webstore. Secure your admissions now!
Michael Barone’s Pipedreams presents a Virtual Wanamaker Organ Day HERE!
Macy’s reopened Friday June 12 at 11 am with the sound of music! Hallelujah! You can listen to “America the Beautiful” HERE!
A 2021 Wanamaker Organ Day remains just a pipe dream for the moment, but retail historian Michael Lisicky pays tribute to it in FORBES HERE! A FORBES article on John Wanamaker and Macy’s in times of pandemic by Lisicky is HERE.
CLICK ITEMS BELOW FOR A FREE WANAMAKER ORGAN VIRTUAL CONCERT AS WE SUPPORT THE ARTS IN THIS TIME OF ARTISTIC CRISIS!
Hear Peter Richard Conte play Moonlight Music from Richard Strauss’s Capriccio HERE
Hear Thomas Murray play Mouret’s Rondeau HERE
Hear Peter Richard Conte play the Scherzo from the Guilmant Sonata VIII HERE
Hear Thomas Murray play Grieg;s Anitra’s Dance HERE
Hear Thomas Murray play Elgar’s Imperial March HERE
Hear Peter Richard Conte and Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim in a Bach Duet HERE
Hear Conte and Kim in the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria in a presentation celebrating the artistic and musical legacy of Rodman Wanamaker, HERE
Conte and Kim play Fritz Kreisler’s Preludium and Allegro HERE
And the duo play the Meditation from Thais by Massenet HERE
SPEND SOME QUALITY TIME CHECKING OUT OUR CD and DVD SAMPLER!
Enjoy scenes from our Around the Wanamaker Organ in 80 Minutes DVD HERE
Sample the Keith Chapman Diamond Anniversary Wanamaker Organ concertHERE
Explore the tonal resources of the Wanamaker Organ with our Sonic Odyssey Sampler HERE
Thrill to Rachmaninoff Concerto Samples for Organ and Piano HERE
Enjoy highlights from our Symphonic Splendor Organ and Orchestra CD DVD set HERE
Explore the Wanamaker Organ with our Curator’s Tour starring Michael Barone and Curt Mangel, sampled HERE
All these titles are available for purchase and immediate shipping at our WEBSTORE.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Scroll down to see our latest CD and DVD! Website features on store amenities such as the Visitor Center reflect pre-Coronavirus conditions that may not yet have been reinstated as the store gradually reopens.
For those who have renewed, Premium Item A, our 2019 Video Yearbook, and Premium Item J, Symphonic Spendor, have completed production and were mailed out March 27. Symphonic Splendor is available for purchase from the DVD section of our webstore, with immediate shipping! Don’t miss this stupendous new production—enjoy the finest in Wanamaker Organ music with orchestra from the comfort of your own home! CLICK HERE TO SAMPLE THE DVD!
An enticing selection of Wanamaker Organ CDs, DVDs and books is available for purchase at our webstore, with Immediate Shipping, and at the Macy’s Info Desk on the First Floor, Market, at the entrance to the Grand Court. Visiting during the Holidays? Check out our Macy’s Light Show feature from the menu at left!
SOME NOTES ON OUR NEW WEBSITE: We redesigned the website this summer and think it offers many improvements. At the same time, our webstore platform CoolCart went out of business in October and we moved to the SquareSpace platform. Many of you enjoy giving multiple gift subscriptions when you renew your membership, or like to give special amounts, and the new renewal platform varies slightly from the old one.
Getting to the point, if there is anything specific you would like to do when renewing and can’t quite make it work out on the new renewal page, please feel free to give us a call at and we will be delighted to help you!
Watch a 6ABC tribute to the Wanamaker Organ by clicking the box above!
Enjoy a Pipedreams Michael Stairs tribute featuring the Wanamaker Organ HERE!
A wonderful archive of shows from the WRTI Wanamaker Organ Hour program is available HERE for your Internet listening pleasure! (You must open this post for the link to work.) The site is maintained by Julien Girard, a French aficionado now living in Quebec, with French-language names for the month of the original broadcast dates.
VISIT OUR SITE FOR A COMPLETE VISITOR GUIDE AND HISTORY OF THE PHILADELPHIA MACY’S CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW! WE REGRET THAT OPERATIONS AT MACY’S VISITOR CENTER HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED AT PRESENT DURING THE CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC. Looking for Wanamaker Organ books, CDs, DVDs and souvenirs? Want to learn more about Macy’s and the Organ? […]
TAKE A TOUR! WE REGRET THAT OUR MONTHLY TOURS ARE SUSPENDED OWING TO THE CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC. dmission to our monthly last-Saturday-of-the-month Organ Tours are available by appointment. Advance notice is no longer required for groups of four or smaller. You may secure your admissions clicking HERE and meet your tour guide Nik Sizgorich at noon […]
Friends is paying tribute to Stokowski Symphony of 15,000 with ambitious Sept. 28 concert showcasing Symphony in C. How the 1919 Concert led to Stokowski’s famous transcriptions. Ways quality restoration depends on the fine details. How new paneling is unleashing the powerhouse Solo division. What the gilded fine detail of the Restored Case looks like. […]