Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Organ Events

New! Organ demonstration added to FREE tours
We’re adding a very special Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ demonstration to 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!

  • Sat, Apr 5 Organist: Frederick R. Haas
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.


2013/14 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.


David Briggs
David Briggs, organ

Thu, Apr 10 | 7:30pm | Verizon Hall

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J.S. BACH: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major *
Ouverture (Grave -- Vivace) -- Air -- Gavotte -- Bourrée- Gigue
DUKAS: Symphonic Poem: The Sorcerer's Apprentice *
BRIGGS: Improvisation
TCHAIKOVSKI: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36 *
Andante sostenuto -- Moderato con anima - Andantino di moto di canzona -- Scherzo -- Finale

Internationally renowned organist David Briggs is acclaimed for his musicality, virtuosity, and ability to engage audiences of all ages. With an extensive repertoire spanning five centuries, Briggs is known worldwide for his brilliant organ transcriptions of symphonic masterpieces. Fascinated since childhood by the art of improvisation, Briggs frequently performs improvisations to silent films such as Phantom of the Opera and Nosferatu. Briggs earned his Fellow of the Royal College of Organists diploma, and is winner of several organ competitions around the world. He has held positions at King's College, Cambridge University, Hereford, Truro, and Gloucester Cathedrals, and is currently Artist-in-Residence at Toronto's St. James Cathedral. Briggs is deeply committed to making organ music vibrant for future generations, and his touring schedule includes more than 60 concerts a year, spanning several continents. A prolific composer, Briggs also teaches, serves on international organ competition juries, and gives master classes at colleges and conservatories in the United States and Europe.

*Transcription by David Briggs

Arrive early for a Pre-Show Artist Chat with soloist David Briggs and PIPEDREAMS host Michael Barone beginning at 6:40pm in Verizon Hall.



Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Day 2014
Sat, Jun 7  |  Verizon Hall

SAVE THE DATE! More details to come.

This event is free of charge, and you may come and go as you please. We look forward to introducing YOU to the King of Instruments.

Organ Day is 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.