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.

 

 


FIRE & FANTASY

Peter Richard Conte on the world-famous Wanamaker Organ 
in concert with SYMPHONY IN C
Stilian Kirov, conductor

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 8:30 p.m.
MACY's Philadelphia

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Secure your tickets now for our spectacular September 23 w after-hours Fire and Fantasy ticketed concert with the Symphony in C. Watch our promo film by clicking the banner above.


Tickets may also be purchased from Symphony in C during office hours at (856) 963 6683. Their friendly staffers are very familiar with the Grand Court and skilled at securing the most desirable seats for our patrons. Telephoning is a good way to get tickets, and staffers are most attentive to returning phone messages. The online ticket order page starts with the rear of the Court (preferred seats) at the top of the page, with rows closer to the front below.


Here is a rare opportunity to hear the stupendous resources of the mighty Wanamaker in full partnership with the acclaimed Symphony in C, under the baton of acclaimed conductor Stilian Kirov.


The concert showcases four fiery transcriptions for Wanamaker Organ and orchestra including Gigout's Grand Choeur Dialogué, Guilmant's Symphony No. 1, Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Liszt's titanic Fantasy and Fugue on Ad Nos Ad Salutam Undam, as arranged by Marcel Dupré.


ABOUT THE MUSIC

Eugene Gigout's lusty, full-throated Grand Choeur Dialogué, in full organ-orchestra arrangement, is up first. True to the work's name, its main fanfare is expressed antiphonally between pealing organ and assertive orchestral brass. That is set off with the development of a captivating secondary theme that knits the whole together brilliantly in the surging, thrilling climax.

 

Coming next is Alexandre Guilmant's melodic and arresting Symphony No. 1. It opens violently, with clashing arguments between organ and orchestra, which develop to reconcile confidently with a lusterous, shimmering theme in which organ and orchestra come to blissful terms in tender harmonic interplay. There follows many episodes of melodic rapture and fiery fantasy before the showpiece reaches the heights of grandeur in its majestic finale.

 

Vaughan Williams' hauntingly lyric Fantasy on a Theme by Thomas Tallis traces its performance beginnings to a performance under the Gothic vaults of Gloucester Cathedral, and the addition of the Wanamaker Organ in the Peter Conte arrangement coyly underpins the orchestra strings with our own multi-textured String Division.

A favorite virtuoso display piece of the late Virgil Fox, the Franz Liszt Prelude and Fugue on Ad Nos Ad Salutarem Undam ("For Us Men and for Our Salvation" is Heavy Organ at its most hair-raising. For the organist, it is particularly demanding technically, and this organ-orchestra arrangement by Marcel Dupré-an American premiere-includes sharp dissonances from the Organ reminiscent of (and doubtless inspired by) the most spine-chilling works of Bach, Buxtehude and Reubke. Prepare for pure Lisztian fire!

The seating chart is at right. Please feel free to call Symphony in C during office hours for details.


"The Organ's superhuman solidity next to a group of individual musicians - made sense in some surprising ways and created an experience that could only happen here....No matter where any given phrase stood in the shifting balance between organ and [orchestra[ sonority, you had the best of two worlds. Radiant, enveloping bands of sound and chantlike melodies created an effect unlike anything I had experienced.---David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2011


The entire concert is dedicated to Friends supporter Peter Hearn, who helped arrange the Philadelphia Orchestra concert of 2008 and many other achievements. 


CONCERT TIPS: Sometimes significant money can be saved on hotels by booking early. Scroll down on our home page to find our visitor guide. Please remember, too, that while all our seats are excellent, and while we have a state-of-the-art video projection system, the preferred seats are toward the back of the house. Seats behind the arches have excellent sight lines without compromised acoustics, and are attractively priced. Call (856) 963 6683 during office hours for personalized assistance securing your admissions!


Unlike some of our other events, Symphony in C will be mailing out physical tickets where time permits. It is in the form of a plastic card with lanyard and indicates your section. The card also may be used as a Macy's discount card offering substantial savings on thousands of items. There will also be a will-call desk at the Juniper Street entrance to the Store before concert time.


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 concerts are free and are a part of the Macy's shopping experience.

In between daily concerts, an informational presentation is available on our Visitor Kiosk outside the console. Hit the stop key marked Roman Numeral I to play the Visitor Orientation Film. Or you may view it HERE.

Daily Organ Concert Details

     Mondays  Noon: Peter Richard Conte.   5:30 pm: Michael Stairs
     Tuesdays  Noon: Fred Haas   5:30 pm: Fred Haas
     Wednesdays  Noon: Peter Richard Conte or Wesley Parrott
            7 pm: Peter Conte or guests. This concert is streamcast at
            YesterdayUSA.com
     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, Steven Ball, Colin Howland, Bryan Anderson and Wesley Parrott. We will endeavor to update this schedule as further information is provided to us. The Wanamaker Organ is almost never played on Sundays.

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

Although we get many requests from incredibly talented people, we very much regret that visiting organists are NOT permitted to take part in daily performances. Thank you in advance for your understanding.


SPECIAL ORGAN CONCERTS

2017 Wanamaker Organ Special Concert Season
(with upcoming Kimmel Center Organ Concerts listed below)



On Saturday September 23 we are having an

after-hours Fire and Fantasy ticketed concert with the Symphony in C. Tickets are available now - and an announcement with details is posted on the Symphony in C website, HERE.


Tickets may also be purchased from Symphony in C during office hours at (856) 963 6683, and staffers are very familiar with the Grand Court and skilled at securing the most desirable seats for our customers. Telephoning is a good way to get tickets. The online ticket order page starts at the rear of the Court (preferred seats) at the top of the page, with rows closer to the front below.


Here is a rare opportunity to hear the full resources of the mighty Wanamaker in full partnership with the acclaimed Symphony in C, under the baton of conductor Stilian Kirov.


The concert showcases four fiery transcriptions for Wanamaker Organ and orchestra including Gigout's Grand Choeur Dialogue, Guilmant's Symphony No. 1, Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Liszt's titanic Fantasy and Fugue on Ad Nos Ad Salutam Undam, as arranged by Marcel Dupré.


"The organ's superhuman solidity next to a group of individual musicians - made sense in some surprising ways and created an experience that could only happen here....No matter where any given phrase stood in the shifting balance between organ and [orchestra[ sonority, you had the best of two worlds. Radiant, enveloping bands of sound and chantlike melodies created an effect unlike anything I had experienced.---David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2011


The entire concert is dedicated to Friends supporter Peter Hearn, who helped arrange the Philadelphia Orchestra concert of 2008 and many other achievements. 


CONCERT TIPS: Sometimes a great deal of money can be saved on hotels by booking early. Scroll down on our home page to find our visitor guide. Please look to this space as further details are assembled. Please remember, too, that while all our seats are excellent, and while we have a state-of-the-art video projection system of our own now, the preferred seats are toward the back of the house. Seats behind the arches have excellent sight lines without compromised acoustics. Call (856) 963 6683 during office hours for personalized assistance securing your admissions!


Please note that, unlike some of our other events, we will be mailing out physical tickets closer to the event date for those who have purchased admissions with significant time available for mailing.








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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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