Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Events


FREE Monthly Organ Demonstration!
Coming Up: Saturday, December 6 with Organist Steve McBride

Join us for a very special Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ demonstration as part of our FREE Kimmel Center tour! On the first Saturday of every 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.


2014/15 Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Events
The Kimmel Center celebrates the awe-inspiring power of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ with a diverse line-up of virtuosi.


Cameron Carpenter
Kimmel Center Presents
Cameron Carpenter
Sun, Jan 18  |  7:30pm  |  Verizon Hall

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One of those rare musicians who changes the game of his instrument, Cameron Carpenter is a rock star of the pipe organ. If he had made his mark merely by ruffling the feathers of the organ establishment, he would merit only passing interest—but the young virtuoso has taken a sledgehammer to organ conventions while forcing the world to acknowledge his iconoclastic vision. Through his numerous transcriptions of non-organ works, collaborations with jazz and pop musicians, and ambitious original compositions, Carpenter has devoted himself to expanding the organ's frontiers. A true force of nature, he presides over the majestic instrument with all four limbs in furious motion, venturing into uncharted territories of technique, repertoire, and bravura showmanship.

"He is a smasher of cultural and classical music taboos. He is technically the most accomplished organist I have ever witnessed…and, most important of all, the most musical." —Los Angeles Times

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.



Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Nov 23, 2014
Louis Scaglione Conductor
Peter Smith, Oboe | Mark Gigliotti, Bassoon | Francesca dePasquale,Violin
Gloria dePasqua, Violoncello | Michael Stairs, Organ
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Strauss Festliches Praeludium
F.J. Haydn Sinfonia Concertante
Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 - 'Organ'



Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
50th Anniversary Celebration Concert
May 10, 2015
Dirk Brossé Conductor | Alan Morrison organ
Soovin Kim violin | Ignat Solzhenitsyn piano | Marie Elisabeth Hecker cello
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Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Brossé Organ Concerto (World Premiere)
Beethoven Concerto in C major for Violin, Cello, Piano, and Orchestra, Op. 56, 'Triple Concerto'



FREE @ THE KIMMEL
5th Annual Fred J. Cooper Memorial
Organ Day
Sat, Jun 13 | Verizon Hall
Join us for a day of FREE family fun at our 5th Annual Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Day. A beautiful addition to the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ ranks as the largest mechanical action concert hall organ in the United States! Join us and experience the 'King of Instruments' with a day of music, recitals, demonstrations, and more.

In association with the American Guild of Organists, Philadelphia Chapter.

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All programs and artists subject to change.