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The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ
Verizon Hall
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Op. 76

2010-11 Season

Gunnar Idenstam, Joan Lippincott, and Thierry Escaich appear in this year’s Master Musicians: Organ series. For further information and tickets, please visit the Kimmel Center’s Organ Events page.

2009-10 Season

The Kimmel Center Summer Organ Series presents performances by Chelsea Chen (9 July), Alan Morrison (16 July), Ann Elise Smoot (30 July), and Eric Plutz (6 August).

The Master Musicians: Organ series features three world-renowned artists: Olivier Latry (17 October), Cameron Carpenter (6 March), and Paul Jacobs (8 May).

Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”) returns to Verizon Hall on opening night, 26 September 2009. It also appears in subsequent September concerts, bookended by Berlioz's Resurrexit and Te Deum, the latter bringing together organ, orchestra and chorus.

On 11 June, the Kimmel Center will host the Centerpiece Concert of the Chorus America National Conference. The Philadelphia Singers and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia will present Bruckner's Mass in E Minor, Donald Martino's Seven Pious Pieces, and Charles Martin Loeffler's By the Rivers of Babylon for flutes, harp, cello and organ (featuring Michael Stairs).

For further information and tickets, please visit the Kimmel Center’s Organ Events page.

2008-09 Season

The Summer Organ Series presented performances by Bradley Hunter Welch (10 July), Felix Hell (17 July), and Scott Montgomery (24 July). The Master Musicians Organ Series will feature solo recitals by Vincent Dubois (25 October), Jane Parker-Smith (7 March), and James David Christie (2 May).

The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ will be heard with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas in Copland’s Organ Symphony. Paul Jacobs will be at the organ for these concerts on 6-9 November. The program also includes Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.

Special programs involving the organ include Peter Conte accompanying a silent film on Halloween, 31 October, and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s traditional performance of Handel’s Messiah on 14 December. In addition, organ postlude recitals (artists to be announced) will follow guest orchestra programs on 3 October (New York Philharmonic), 19 November (Israel Philharmonic), 8 February (Cleveland Orchestra), and 24 February (Vienna Philharmonic). These programs are free to orchestra attendees on those evenings.

2007-08 Season

Op. 76 will be featured in Philadelphia Orchestra programs throughout the 2007-08 season. Most notably, the Orchestra will present Thierry Escaich’s Organ Concerto on 8-13 May 2008, with the composer himself as soloist. The organ will also be heard as a member of the Orchestra in Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 8 and Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony.

A number of Philadelphia Orchestra programs feature Postlude Recitals performed on the organ.

The Kimmel Center Presents Master Musicians:Organ Series features three world-renowned organists.

• Todd Wilson (Saturday, October 20, 2007 - 3:00 p.m.)
Ives: Variations on “America”
J.S. Bach: Passacaglia & Fuge in C Minor, BWV 582
Conte: Soliloquy
Bizet: Carmen Suite (arr. Lemare)
Duruflé: Scherzo, Op. 2
Reubke: Sonata on the 94th Psalm
• Hector Olivera (Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 3:00 p.m.)
   William Ralph Driffill: Toccata
Johann Sebastian Bach: Air from Suite #3
Jeremiah Clark/Henry Purcell: Trumpet Tune/Air/Voluntary
Cesar Franck: Prelude, Fugue and Variation
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E flat “St. Anne”
Hans Friedrich Micheelsen: Toccata, Canzona and Fugue on Es Sungen drei Engel
Selections to be announced from the console
Improvisation on a submitted theme
• Dame Gillian Weir (Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 3:00 p.m.)
Joseph Jongen: Sonata Eroica
César Franck: Choral II in B minor
Petr Eben: Sunday Music
   Moto ostinato
Calvin Hampton: Five Dances for Organ
   The Primitives
   At the Ballet
   Everyone Dance
Johannes Brahms: Three Chorale Preludes
   Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
   Herzlich tut mich verlangen
   Herzlich tut mich erfreuen
Flor Peeters: Toccata, Fugue and Hymn on Ave Maris Stella
Marcel Lanquetuit: Toccata

2006-07 Season


Organ Recital
Saturday, 14 October 2006, 3:00 p.m.
Cherry Rhodes, organ
J.S. BACH: Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548
JOSÉ LIDÓN: Four Pieces for the Mass
MOZART: Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K.546
MADER: Afternoon of a Toad
LISZT: Symphonic Poem: Orpheus
GUILLOU: Scènes d'Enfant d'après The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Orchestra with Organ
Thursday, 9 November 2006, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 10 November 2006, 2:00 p.m
Saturday, 11 November 2006, 8:00 p.m
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor
Women of the Philadelphia Singers Chorale
David Hayes, music director
ALBÉNIZ: Excerpts from Suite española
DEBUSSY: Nocturnes
RESPIGHI: The Fountains of Rome
STRAVINSKY: Suite from The Firebird

Sing Along Messiah
Sunday, 10 December 2006, 7:30 p.m.
Singing City Choir
Jeffrey Brillhart, conductor
Michael Stairs, organ
Ailyn Pérez, soprano
Suzanne DuPlantis, mezzo soprano
Stephen Costello, tenor
David Arnold, bass

Organ, Choir & Orchestra
The Glorious Sounds of Christmas
Thursday, 14 December 2006, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 15 December 2006, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, 16 December 2006, 7:00 p.m.
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Rossen Milanov, conductor
The Philadelphia Singers Chorale
David Hayes, music director
Medelssohn: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
Corelli: Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8 “Christmas Concerto”
Handel: Organ Concerto tba
Wade: “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful”

Silent Films
Friday, 29 December 2006
Laurel & Hardy Favorites, 1:00 p.m.
Speedy (1928), starring Harold Lloyd, 4:00 p.m.
The Phantom of the Opera (1925), starring Lon Chaney, Sr., 7:00 p.m.

Tom Trenney, organ

Organ & Orchestra
Sunday, 4 February 2007, 3:00 p.m.
The Curtis Symphony Orchestra
Mark Russell Smith, conductor
Rinat Shaham, mezzo-soprano

Alan Morrison, organ
MAHLER: Symphony No. 4
SESSLER: Organ Concerto (World Premiere)
RESPIGHI: Pini di Roma

Organ Recital
Saturday, 10 February 2007, 3:00 p.m.
Paul Jacobs, organ
MESSIAEN: L'Ascension
REGER: Fantasy and Fugue on BACH, Op. 46
REUBKE: Sonata on the 94th Psalm

Organ Recital
Wednesday, 14 March 2007, 8:00 p.m.
Wayne Marshall, organ
Program to include:
DUPRÉ: Second Symphony
LISZT: Fantasie and Fugue on Ad nos

Orchestra with Organ
Thursday, 22 March 2007, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 23 March 2007, 2:00 p.m
Saturday, 24 March 2007, 8:00 p.m
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Andrew von Oeyen, piano
BRITTEN: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
RACHMANINOFF: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
ELGAR: “Enigma” Variations

Orchestra with Organ
Thursday, 12 April 2007, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 13 April 2007, 2:00 p.m
Saturday, 14 March 2007, 8:00 p.m
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Piotr Anderszewski, piano
STRAVINSKY: Symphony in Three Movements
SZYMANOWSKI: Symphony No. 4, for piano and orchestra
HAYDN: Symphony No. 60 ("Il distratto")
BARTÓK: Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin

Orchestra with Organ
Thursday, 3 May 2007, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 4 May 2007, 8:00 p.m
Saturday, 5 May 2007, 8:00 p.m
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Barbara Bonney, soprano
Yvonne Naef, mezzo-soprano
The Philadelphia Singers Chorale, David Hayes, music director
MAHLER: Symphony No. 2 ("Resurrection")

Organ Family Concert
Saturday, 5 May 2007, 11:00 a.m.
A variety of music for organ and brass. Artists TBA.

Organ Recital Marathon
Saturday, 5 May 2007, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Artists to be announced.

In addition, free postlude concerts follow Philadelphia Orchestra programs on March 15, 17 & 20, and March 22 & 24.

For information about programs and ticket purchases, visit the Kimmel Center website.

Click here for the schedule of events offered during the May 2006 Kimmel Center Organ Festival, which celebrated the dedication of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ.

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