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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

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Free at the Kimmel

Organ Day featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra

Feb 25, 2023
11:30 AM

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The Kimmel Cultural Campus and The Philadelphia Orchestra present the 11th Organ Day. Be a part of the six-and-a-half hour marathon of FREE organ music performed on the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ. We invite audiences of all ages to explore the largest mechanical pipe organ in a concert venue in the United States through a diverse lineup of programming tailored to include something for everyone. Experience jazz, ballet, classical, opera, and the unique experience of "Organ Pumps," where audience members can lie on the stage of Verizon Hall and feel the powerful vibrations of the organ! Organ Day will be co-hosted by award winners Tyrone Whiting and Michael Barone.

The Philadelphia Orchestra gives a special performance highlighting the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ. Experience this majestic instrument paired with the famed Philadelphia Sound.

Tickets are required for the 11:30 Orchestra performance. Please reserve your free ticket above!  There will be a standby line available.
All performances 12:00 pm-6:00 pm are nonticketed. Come and go as you please! 


In partnership with the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO)

Organ Day  Schedule

Co-Hosted by Tyrone Whiting and Michael Barone

11:30 am - The Philadelphia Orchestra featuring Paolo Bordignon. Conducted by Tristan Rais-Sherman

Gigout Grand Chœur dialogué, for organ, brass, and percussion
Jongen Fourth movement from Symphonie concertante, for organ and orchestra
Bach Sinfonia, from Cantata No. 29, "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir"
Gabrieli Canzon in double echo, for 12-part brass choir and organ
Beach Prelude on an Old Folk Tune ("The Fair Hills of Éire, O!")
Handel Selections from Organ Concerto No. 8 in A major, Op. 7, No. 2
Saint-Saëns Finale, from Symphony No. 3 ("Organ")

12:30 - The Lucas Brown Trio

Lucas Brown, Hammond B3 Organ
Victor North, Saxophone
Byron Landham, Drums

Tyrone Whiting & Michael Barone, co-hosts

1:20 pm - Kids Play the Organ

1:45 pm - Organ & DJ Dance Party featuring DJ Skipmode, Lucas Brown and Paul Fejko

2:30 pm - Philadelphia Ballet featuring Peter Conte

Excerpts from Act III of The Sleeping Beauty by Angel Corella after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

3:15 pm - Paolo Bordignon Organ Recital

J.S. Bach / Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543
J.S. Bach / “Little” Fugue in G minor, BWV 578
Maurice Duruflé / Scherzo, Op. 2
Louis Vierne / Carillon de Westminster, from Pièces de Fantaisie, Suite No. 3, Op. 54

3:45 pm - Opera Philadelphia Chorus featuring Jeffrey DeVault. Conducted by Elizabeth Braden

Musical Celebrations
Zadok the Priest, by Handel
Psalm 100,  by David Hurd
I Love All Beauteous Things, by Judith Weir
O Lord Our Governor, by Healey Willan
Look Up into the Heavens, by Marcus DeLoach
Their Kingdom, the Air, by Hannah Kendall
Be Strong! The Lord Will Be With You, by Roy L. Belfield, Jr.
I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me, by C. Hubert H. Parry

4:30 pm - Gospel on the Organ-Organist Earl Knight

5:15 pm - Silent Film w/ Live Organ featuring Luke Staisiunas

Buster Keaton’s One Week (1920)

5:45 pm - Organ Pumps featuring Brett Miller

Audience will be invited on stage to experience the sonic vibrations of the
Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ.

Organ programming is generously supported by the Wyncote Foundation.

Verizon Hall


Organ Day 2023


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