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Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will be rededicated as Marian Anderson Hall, home of The Philadelphia Orchestra

The organ is demonstrated to a large group of children The organ is demonstrated to a large group of children The organ is demonstrated to a large group of children

Free at the Kimmel

Organ Day

Jun 11, 2022
11:00 AM

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Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, in association with the Philadelphia Chapter of The American Guild of Organists (AGO), is proud to present the 10th Annual Organ Day, a six-hour marathon of FREE organ music performed on The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ taking place on June 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Audiences of all ages are invited to explore the largest mechanical pipe organ in a concert venue in the United States, through a diverse line-up of programming tailored to include something for everyone.

And don’t miss Organ Pumps, where audience members can lie on the stage of Verizon Hall and feel the powerful vibrations of the organ!

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Organ programming is generously supported by the Wyncote Foundation.


Registration is optional, but strongly recommended. By registering to this event you will receive event invitations and exclusive offers to performances on the Kimmel Cultural Campus.

Organ Day Schedule

11:00 AM
  "Toccata" & Welcome with Master of Ceremonies, Tyrone Whiting

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM
  Photo tour of the Dobson Organ with Organist Doug Backman

11:40 AM – 12:00 PM
  Kids play the organ with Organist Doug Backman

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
  Silent film with live organ accompaniment
  - Brett Miller and Best of Broadway: Featuring the Drawings of Al Hirschfeld
  - Silent Film: Laurel and Hardy's Liberty

12:30 PM – 12:50 PM
  Peter Conte & Rudy Lucente, Organ & Piano duet
  - Finzi: Eclogue, Op. 10
  - Callahan: Poem

12:50 PM - 1:10 PM
  Organ & Instrument Duets: AGO Members (Erik Meyer and flutist Anna Meyer, Tyrone Whiting with Section Leaders of the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Philadelphia)

1:10 PM – 1:55 PM
  Opera Philadelphia, accompanied by Organist Meghan Meloy Ness
  - "Praise the Lord" by Florence Price
  - "O How Amiable" by David Hurd
  - "Ubi Caritas" by David Hurd
  - "Song of Hope" by Florence Price

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
  Solo Recitals
  - Featured Performers, Emily Amos, Dylan David Shaw, & Karen Whitney

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM
  Philadelphia Ballet repertoire and artists
  - Program rehearsed by Samantha Dunster, assistant artistic director
  and Charles Askegard, rehearsal director
  - Organist: Peter Richard Conte

See Full Philadelphia Ballet Program and Casting

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
  Solo Recitals: AGO Members
  - Rasaan Bourke, Improvisation in the French Style (Doug Backman will provide melody)
  - Josh Kraybill, Handel: “Hallelujah Chorus” (transcribed by Josh Kraybill, 2017)
  - Luke Saisiunas, Silent Film or Multiple Shorts

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM
  Organ Pumps

All scheduled programming and performers are subject to change.


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