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 l  WE ARE PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANCE ORDERS OF THE WANAMAKER ORGAN CENTENNIAL CD, DVD, AND CD/DVD COMBO AT OUR WEBSTORE. BE AMONG THE FIRST TO OBTAIN THIS SPECTACULAR NEW RECORDING. JUST CLICK ON THE ICON AT LEFT TO SECURE YOUR COPY, OR CHECK OUT OUR WEBSTORE USING THE MENU AT TOP FOR A FULL LISTING OF WANAMAKER ORGAN PRODUCTS!  THE RECORDING WILL BE MAILED IN SEPTEMBER AS SOON AS RECEIVED FROM THE MANUFACTURER!

WANAMAKER ORGAN SPECTACULAR!
 
l  TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR OUR FALL WANAMAKER ORGAN SPECTACULAR ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 6 WITH NEW JERSEY'S SYMPHONY IN C ORCHESTRA! 
 
Maestro Rossen Milanov leads the acclaimed Garden State ensemble as it returns to the Grand Court for a long-awaited repeat engagement, featuring Milanov and Peter Richard Conte in works by Saint-Saens, Elgar and Poulenc.
 
This concert is the weekend after Labor Day. CLICK THE IMAGE AT RIGHT TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE SYMPHONY IN C TICKET SITE! TICKETS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE BY PHONE BY TELEPHONING (856) 963-6683. Customers may leave a message at times when the office is closed. Tickets are selling quickly, so please secure yours soon!
 
Organ-orchestra concerts with the world's largest playing pipe organ are a rare treat. The Grand Court will again be transformed into a "temple of thrilling harmonies and soaring epics of tone," as this acclaimed orchestra joins its resources to the astounding majesty of the mighty Wanamaker.
 
A link to a draft of the program is at left (scroll down to see the inner pages). Details on seating are below. Please note that Macy's is not letting us use the Second Floor, which is why you can't click on those "seats" on the Symphony in C website. (The Symphony computer system needed to use the template from the last event to handle our unusual seating situation). Please also note that friendly people from the Symphony are available to answer your booking questions at (856) 963-6683.
 
The marble acoustics of the Grand Court have been acclaimed for over a century, and the orchestral spectacles we have been privileged to co-produce have rivaled or surpassed those available anywhere. What is exclusively ours, of course, are the matchless symphonic resources of the mighty Wanamaker in its incredibly resonant and orchestra-friendly marble hall. That is already attracting concertgoers from as far as Canada, the Deep South, California and Great Britain.
 
Action News ran a story on the removal of the PNB sign from the former Wanamaker Mens Store that includes photos of the Founders Bell. Click HERE to access the piece. 
 
 
Secure tickets to our monthly last-Saturday-of-the-month Organ Tours by clicking HERE and meet your tour guide Nik Sizgorich at noon at the Eagle on the day of each tour. After the noon concert is finished, Nik will then take ticketholders on the tour. There are no paid organ tours in June because of the free Wanamaker Organ Day tours being offered.
 
 
We have moved our special tourism guide to its own page. Please click the image of Independence Hall above to go there!  Send us your own experiences, so we can improve our presentation.
 
 
 
 
 
The YesterdayUSA app is a wonderful addition to any Smartphone and provides hours of free entertainment anywhere on many phone data plans. Bill Bragg is the host. The service may also be accessed at YesterdayUSA.com.  You may also hear the Wanamaker Organ the first Sunday of each month at 5pm on WRTI-FM in the Philadelphia area. Hear it around the world via streamcast at wrti.org. Peter Richard Conte and our much loved co-host Jill Pasternak are featured.
 
 
MACY's INFORMATION DESK
Information on the Wanamaker Organ, the  historic Store and a selection of organ CDs, DVDs and Books is available at the MACY's INFORMATION DESK on the Main Floor of the Center City Macy's Men's Department.
 
You will find the desk along the right side of the center aisle just as you enter the Grand Court.
 
The desk is generally staffed from 9am to 7pm, Monday through Friday, and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5pm. (Please remember that the Wanamaker Organ does not play on Sundays.) The staff prides itself on its knowledge of the Store and its heritage.
 
Folks who identify themselves as Wanamaker Organ tourists are entitled to a Macy's Savings Pass, so be sure to ask about that as well!
 
Incidentally, there is no sales tax on most clothing purchases in Pennsylvania! Jennie Funches (pictured), and Emily Cronrath are your hosts.   
 
 
You can help support our programs and get prompt news on our events by becoming a new Friend of the Wanamaker Organ. For just $25, new members receive our acclaimed quarterly 16-page newsletter, which is chock full of concert and restoration news and historical memorabilia, information that is only available in printed form.
 
 
You can Join the Friends by clicking here or on the membership icon at right. (Members may renew by clicking the Renewal Box at the top of this page.
 
Keep up with all the restoration news in the Friends' newsletter The Stentor. Four issues come with your membership, and are packed with restoration and concert news with historical insights and letters from other members.
 
The Friends has launched an ambitious Century II Music Endowment drive to as the Wanamaker Organ turns the corner on its first century in the Store. Among the uses of the fund is revenue to buy much needed chairs for our concerts. We are a small nonprofit with a big mission.
 
Please consider making a contribution here. A prospectus on the fund is available here.We are counting on this fund to create quality presentations for many years to come as we help secure the Wanamaker Organ's place in musical life in the years ahead.
 
The icon above takes you to a page with interactive links to media stories on the Wanamaker Organ, including a recent Pipedreams with highlights from Wanamaker Organ Day, a fascinating interview with our carpenter Scott Kip, and a superb Bob Krist National Geographic short film on "The Voice of Philadelphia."
 
 
Hearing Philadelphia's Wanamaker Organ is a life-changing experience. Our society is sponsored by people around the world who are helping protect the world's largest playing pipe organ. We invite you to join the Friends and receive four issues of our 16-page newsletter and member-access to all Friends activities.

The Wanamaker Organ is undergoing a multi-year restoration. Divisions that have been patched together are getting a thorough restoration. Members help sustain this crucial work and our music, education and hospitality programs.
 
Members  receive all the details on the restoration and Friends concerts, as well as news of private concerts, tours, and fund-raisers, in our acclaimed quarterly newsletter, The Stentor.
 
Macy's and the Wanamaker Organ are located at the Wanamaker Building at 13th and Market Streets in Center City Philadelphia, PA, next to City Hall.
 
Macy's is easily accessible by SEPTA (www.septa.org), PATCO www.ridepatco.org), and NJT (www.njtransit.com) bus and rail lines to Center City, Philadelphia.
 
This website was made possible by people just like you who love the Wanamaker Organ and want to share that joy. Please look through our website menus for answers to all common questions about making your visit to our Philadelphia wonder thoroughly enjoyable.

 

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