Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Events
FREE Montly Organ Demonstration!
Coming Up: Saturday, November 1 with Organist Fred Haas
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.
Sun, Jan 18 | 7:30pm | Verizon Hall
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.
Featured Concerts in The Philadelphia Orchestra 2014-15 Season
The Stunning Slavic Mass Oct 16 - 18, 2014
Alan Gilbert Conductor | The Philadelphia Singers Chorale | David Hayes Music Director
Sibelius Night Ride and Sunrise
Dvořák The Golden Spinning Wheel
Janáček Glagolitic Mass
Also sprach Zarathustra Oct 23 - 25, 2014
Vladimir Jurowski Conductor | Alina Ibragimova Violin
Julian Anderson The Stations of the Sun
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4
Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra
Mahler’s "Resurrection" Oct 30 - Nov 1, 2014
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor | Angela Meade Soprano | Sarah Connolly Mezzo-soprano
Westminster Symphonic Choir | Joe Miller Director
Mahler Symphony No. 2 ("Resurrection")
The All-Organ Weekend Nov 6 - 8, 2014
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Peter Richard Conte Organ (Thu) | Paul Jacobs Organ (Fri) | Ken Cowan Organ (Sat)
Buxtehude Chaconne in E minor
Jongen Symphonie concertante, for organ and orchestra (Thu)
Guilmant Symphony No. 1 for Organ and Orchestra (Fri)
Stephen Paulus Grand Concerto for Organ and Orchestra (Sat)
Elgar “Enigma” Variations
Special Event: Halloween Organ Extravaganza Oct 31, 2014
Peter Richard Conte Organ | Ken Cowan Organ | Paul Jacobs Organ
Come to this late-evening concert in costume to hear (and see and feel) the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ as never before.
Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Nov 23, 2014
Louis Scaglione Conductor
Peter Smith, Oboe | Mark Gigliotti, Bassoon | Francesca dePasquale,Violin
Gloria dePasqua, Violoncello | Michael Stairs, Organ
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
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'
5th Annual Fred J. Cooper Memorial
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.
- The Philadelphia Orchestra's Art of the Pipe Organ
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- Organ Articles on the Kimmel Center Blog
All programs and artists subject to change.