Kimmel Center Cultural Campus Presents 9th Annual Free Organ Day
The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus, in association with the Philadelphia Chapter of The American Guild of Organists (AGO), is proud to present the 9th Annual FREE Organ Day, a six-hour marathon of FREE organ music performed on The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ, taking place on Saturday, June 15 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 lineup of programming tailored to include something for everyone. Audience members are invited to attend for any-and-all portions of the day. Also, don't miss Organ Pumps, where audience members are invited to lie on the stage of Verizon Hall and feel the powerful vibrations of the organ!
"The annual Organ Day celebration is one we look forward to all season long. This is our opportunity to open our doors to the Philadelphia community and to show off our extraordinary 'King of Instruments', The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ," said Anne Ewers, President & CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. "It truly becomes a Cultural Campus-wide event, with participation from our beloved Resident Companies, including Pennsylvania Ballet and Opera Philadelphia, as well as silent film and more!"
Back by popular demand, this year's Organ Day will include free performances by esteemed Resident Companies, Pennsylvania Ballet and Opera Philadelphia. Accompanied by Organist Jeffrey DeVault, Opera Philadelphia will present a Tribute to Giuseppe Verdi. Pennsylvania Ballet will perform a program entitled "Pipes and Tutus", accompanied by Organist Martha Koeneman. Koeneman is the longtime principal pianist for the Pennsylvania Ballet and serves as music director and organist at St Matthew's United Methodist Church in Valley Forge.
Organ Day showcases the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ in its full range of glory, beginning at 11:00 a.m. with a short welcome from Michael Barone and an overture by Organist Monica Czausz. PNC Grow Up Great kicks off the performances at 11:15 a.m., narrated by former Kimmel Center Theater Residency artist M'Balia Singley and featuring organist Parker Kitterman. Following PNC Grow Up Great, participating children are then invited to touch & explore the organ. At 12:00 p.m. there will be a viewing of Buster Keaton's silent film, Cops, with organist Jackson Borges performing the score. This will be followed by several AGO soloists, including Laurie Mueller, Erik Meyer, Edward Landin, and Kathleen Scheide with instrumentalists Pamela Baxer (cello), Anna Meyer (flute), Helen Gerhold (harp), and Barbara Prugh (trumpet). Closing out the first session's programming is a performance presented by Opera Philadelphia.
After a short break, there will be a Soler concerto movement for both consoles by organists Michael Diorio and Kathleen Scheide at 2:15 p.m., and a solo recital directly after by organist Monica Czausz. Pennsylvania Ballet will perform at 3:00 p.m., followed by the Organ with Instrument (Organ & Cello Duo) featuring cellist Thomas Mesa and organist Greg Zelek at 3:45 PM. The final solo recitals of the day begin at 4:15 p.m. with AGO Soloists Michael Diorio, Laurie Mueller, Jinsok Kraybill, and H.L Smith II. The day concludes with the Kimmel Center's famed Organ Pumps, during which guests are invited to lie on the stage of Verizon Hall and feel the powerful vibrations of the organ.
Unveiled in May 2006, The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ, Dobson organ Op. 76, ranks as the largest mechanical-action concert hall organ in the United States with 6,938 pipes, four blowers, 300 levels of memory, 111 stops, and a total weight of app. 32 tons. The largest pipes are made of wood and are about 32 feet tall, while the smallest metal pipes are similar in size to a slender drinking straw. It is the culmination of more than six years and 52,000 man-hours of planning, construction, and voicing (the process of producing specific tones by manipulating the speech of organ pipes).
9TH ANNUAL FRED J. COOPER MEMORIAL ORGAN DAY
Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall
Saturday, June 15, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This is a free, non-ticketed event. Guests are invited to come-and-go at any time.
THE FULL LIST OF PERFORMANCES IS BELOW:
11:00 AM • Overture
Featured Performer, Organist Monica Czausz
11:15 AM • PNC Grow Up Great! - The Child's Book of Beasts
Narrated by M'Balia Singley
11:40 AM • Kids Play Organ
12:00 PM • Silent Film: Cops, starring Buster Keaton
12:20 PM • Organ with Instruments
AGO Members-Laurie Mueller, Erik Meyer, Edward Landin & Kathleen Scheide
Instrumentalists-Pamela Baxer (cello), Anna Meyer (flute), Helen Gerhold (harp), and Barbara Prugh (trumpet)
1:00 PM • Opera Philadelphia: Tribute to Giuseppe Verdi
Organist- Jeffrey DeVault
Opera Philadelphia is committed to embracing innovation and developing opera for the 21st century. The company presents masterpieces of the canon and has earned recognition as a champion of new works through commissions of world premieres and by presenting the annual Festival O, which returns September 18-29 with two world premieres and two company premieres.
2:00 PM • INTERMISSION
2:15 PM • Soler Concerto movement for both consoles
Minuet from Concerto in D major, Antonio Soler (1729-1783)
Organists-Michael Diorio and Kathleen Scheide
2:20 PM • Solo Recital
Featured Performer, Organist-Monica Czausz
3:00 PM • Pennsylvania Ballet: "Pipes and Tutus"
White Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake
Dancers: Oksana Maslova and Sterling Baca
White Swan Act 2 Variation from Swan Lake
Dancer: So Jung Shin
Flames of Paris Pas de Deux
Dancers: Nayara Lopes and Aleksey Babayev
Aurora 3rd Act Variation from The Sleeping Beauty
Dancer: So Jung Shin
Solar Act 1 Variation from La Bayadere
Dancer: Sterling Baca
Nikiya Act 1 Variation from La Bayadere
Dancer: Oksana Maslova
Solar/Nikiya Act 1 Pas de Deux from La Bayadere
Dancers: Oksana Maslova and Sterling Baca
3:45 PM • Organ with Instrument (Organ & Cello Duo) - Astral Artists
Cellist Thomas Mesa & Organist Greg Zelek
4:15 PM • AGO Soloists
Organists-Michael Diorio, Laurie Mueller, Jinsok Kraybill, and H.L Smith II
4:45 PM • Organ Pumps
Organist- H. L. Smith II
Organ programming is generously supported by the Wyncote Foundation.
All scheduled programming and performers are subject to change