Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Events

FREE Monthly Organ Demonstration!
Upcoming Events: 11/14, 1/1, 2/27, 3/19, 5/14, 6/11 and see the full schedule for the 2015/16 season HERE!

Join us for a very special Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ demonstration as part of our FREE Kimmel Center tour! Once a month, our 1pm tour will start with a 15 minute organ demonstration of the instrument’s unparalleled and dramatic sounds LIVE in Verizon Hall. Together with our partners at The American Guild of Organists, we’re excited to expand our popular tours to include this unique experience. Let our talented volunteer show you around!

Kimmel Center tours depart from the Information Desk in Commonwealth Plaza. Tours are on a first-come, first served basis and are limited to 20 persons per tour. Visitors may register for public tours at the Information Desk, which opens at 10am daily.

Upcoming Events
The Kimmel Center celebrates the awe-inspiring power of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ with a diverse line-up of virtuosi.

Silent Film with Organ
Peter Richard Conte, Organ

Sat, Feb 27 | 8pm | Verizon Hall

Depicting a highly stylized, futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers, Fritz Lang's 1927 German masterpiece Metropolis set the tone for all science fiction and fantasy films that followed. See this classic film in a new light with LIVE accompaniment on the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ. 

"Metropolis does what many great films do, creating a time, place and characters so striking that they become part of our arsenal of images for imagining the world." —Roger Ebert 

Attack Point
Curtis Institute of Music / Gallim Dance / Choral Arts Philadelphia
Part of Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

Sun, Apr 10 | 2pm | Verizon Hall
Single tickets on sale, December 7, 2015. Packages on-sale now!

The Curtis Institute of Music and Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company Gallim Dance come together for a night of dance listening and organ watching. Organ soloists perform works written for dance to an empty stage, allowing the audience to imagine the movement it was created for — dancing for the ears. By contrast, the dancers will perform to an organ and choral work not made for dance, bringing the sounds and breath of the majestic instrument into their bodies —organ for the eyes. The moment at which the pipe begins to speak, when the key is pressed, is the attack point. Music and dance meet in non-traditional fashion in this unique presentation.

Hector Olivera, Organ

Sat, May 7 | 2pm | Verizon Hall

'A dazzling display of sonic and technical marvels!'—The Washington Post 

Born in Buenos Aires, organ virtuoso Hector Olivera is a passionate, gifted, and unique musician, whose personal interpretations of both classical and popular music continue to amaze and delight audiences around the world. While he is most famous for his prodigious technical prowess, Mr. Olivera's amazing effect on audiences has made many of the most sophisticated and demanding organ aficionados claim that Maestro Hector Olivera is 'one of the greatest organists in the world today.' 

Kimmel Center Organ performances are made possible through a donation by the Fred J. Cooper Restoration Fund as recommended by Frederick R. Haas and Daniel K. Meyer.

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All programs and artists subject to change.