IMPORTANT: 2017 Concert Schedule Announcement: Wanamaker Organ Day is Saturday June 3, with a ticketed Grand Evening Concert. On Saturday September 23 we are having an after-hours ticketed concert with the Symphony in C.
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
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 very talented people, we very much regret that visiting organists are not permitted to take part in daily performances.
2017 Wanamaker Organ Special Concert Season
SPECIAL ORGAN CONCERTS
(with upcoming Kimmel Center Organ Concerts listed below)
IMPORTANT: 2017 Concert Schedule Announcement: Our Spring Concert (free) will be Sat. April 22 at 4 pm. Wanamaker Organ Day is Saturday June 3, with a ticketed Grand Evening Concert. On Saturday September 23 we are having an after-hours ticketed concert with the Symphony in C.
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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