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Wanamaker Organ Day 2024 has been approved for Saturday June 8!  Special Guest Star Ken Cowan.  Tickets for the Grand Evening Concert are on sale now and are available by clicking the banner below. Please note that no physical tickets will be mailed. For full festival details please scroll down! Pipedreams Michael Barone emcees.

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We are pulling out more stops than ever for a full and mainly free Wanamaker Organ Day Celebration SATURDAY JUNE 8. Peter Richard Conte welcomes special guest Ken Cowan—both dazzling masters of the art of Symphonic organ playing. The Saturday GRAND EVENING CONCERT, starting promptly at 8:30 pm, features Conte and Cowan taking turns at the Flight Deck. Ken Cowan’s program is capped by a thrilling “Ride of the Valkyres”! 

FRIDAY plans for early birds, following the Noon Concert, include free Organ and Shop tours at 2 pm, plus an additional 5:30 pm Wanamaker Organ concert.

SATURDAY opens in the Juniper Street Lobby with free tours of the String and Orchestral Division. Meet there at 8:45 am for a 9 am tour!

SATURDAY June 8 at 11 am the free Grand Opening Concert features Associate Organists as the Organ’s delightful sonic resources are set loose from the console’s seven keyboards. The program is performed by the artists who know the instrument best—prepare for spine-tingling thrills! Michael Barone emcees! [Pictured are featured artists from 2022.]

Next on tap, Saturday at 2 pm, Luke Staisiunas takes command of our Mighty Wurlitzer in Greek Hall (Floor 3), in a program of favorites from the Great American Songbook, focusing on the 120th Anniversary of the St. Louis World’s Fair. Included are hits from the MGM Musical “Meet Me in St. Louis.” A nominal admission is charged beforehand at our table in the Grand Court. Seating is limited.

Following the Wurlitzer concert and throughout the weekend are free Wanamaker Organ pipe-chamber tours, and an opportunity to visit our Wanamaker Organ museum, Hall of Flags and productive restoration studios. 

SATURDAY June 8 at 5 pm, Peter Richard Conte accompanies the Charlie Chaplin blockbuster feature-length comedy “The Kid” in the Grand Court. Featured in the title role is Jackie Coogan. Conte’s improvised accompaniments are spellbinding, as displayed in his presentation of Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” some years ago. The program is free.

THEN SATURDAY at 8 pm, gather in the Grand Court for an evening of electrifying entertainment as Macy’s is put to bed for the night. Ken Cowan, the hugely popular keyboard magician, lights up the stage with his virtuosic equal Peter Richard Conte for the ticketed Grand Evening Concert. It’s held in the ideal acoustics of the closed Store. Tickets are available at our webstore. Pipedreams’ Michael Barone (pictured) is the day’s emcee!

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Free daily Wanamaker Organ concerts in Macy’s Grand Court are held year-round Monday through Saturday at noon and 5:30 pm. Experience for yourself the thrill of hearing the World’s Largest playing pipe organ, with more sets of pipes than any other instrument on Earth!

At Macy’s—where Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts Starts!

Look to this space for upcoming news on concerts and events. Detailed information on events and the restoration, as well as interesting history and background is av ailable to members of the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ through our 16-page quarterly newsletter The Stentor, included free with membership. New members may join HERE for just $25!


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Special thanks to the many volunteers who make our concerts such smooth running operations, and particularly to Claire Whiting, who manages the volunteers and comes all the way from Florida to take part. All of you can take pride in the magnificent work you have been doing! Thanks also to Macy’s for their generous offering of salads and sandwiches at these events, which is also most appreciated!

 

 

Congratulations to this  year’s group of stellar students from our Sansom Grant masterclasses! Left to right with teachers Alan Morrison and Peter Richard Conte are Henry Dangerfield, Jon Bolena, Michael Guarnieri, Cadence Brassard and Sarah Ku.

Friends members who donate at certain gift levels are eligible for premium gifts—our gift to you. Please take advantage of these opportunities, available when you renew for 2024 at the top of this page!

Particular thanks for all of you who made the June 2023 Wanamaker Organ Day such a spectacular success! With your support we are producing excellence!

Paid monthly tours have resumed! Tickets are available under the tour section of our webstore. Secure your admissions now!

THE WANAMAKER ORGAN AT MACY’S—WHERE PHILADELPHIA’S AVENUE OF THE ARTS BEGINS!

Listen to a Public Radio Tale of Two Pandemics—and the Wanamaker Organ—below!

Michael Barone’s Pipedreams presents a Virtual Wanamaker Organ Day HERE!


Our latest DVD, 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!



Watch a 6ABC tribute to the Wanamaker Organ by clicking  the box above!
Enjoy a Pipedreams Michael Stairs tribute featuring the Wanamaker Organ HERE!

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June 22, 2021 was the Wanamaker Organ’s 110th birthday! For the occasion the mighty Founder’s Bell atop One South Broad was rung 110 times, and Peter Richard Conte played two special concerts. The story is HERE! Also HERE! Also HERE!

June was “Pipe Organ Month” in Philadelphia, and during the month of June 2021 we streamed and archived special Peter Richard Conte after hours concerts first broadcast each Wednesday at 1 P.M. For the link to the Wednesday June 2 concert, CLICK HERE!  For the June 9 concert, CLICK HERE!  For the June 16 concert, CLICK HERE! For the June 23 concert CLICK HERE! For the June 30 concert, CLICK HERE

 

Paid monthly tours are in full swing! 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!

CLICK ITEMS BELOW FOR A FREE WANAMAKER ORGAN VIRTUAL CONCERT!


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! 


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 by clicking on the menu at left.

Enjoy a Pipedreams Michael Stairs tribute featuring the Wanamaker Organ HERE!

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Paid monthly tours have resumed! Tickets are available under the tour section of our webstore. Secure your admissions now!

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!

Watch a 6ABC tribute to the Wanamaker Organ by clicking  the box above!
Enjoy a Pipedreams Michael Stairs tribute featuring the Wanamaker Organ HERE!