Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Argentine Organist Hector Olivera Debuts at the Kimmel Center February 16
January 24, 2008

Kimmel Center Presents 2007/08 Season Sponsored by Citi

"…[Olivera] entertained his audience with a dazzling display of sonic and technical marvels"—The Washington Post

Internationally acclaimed Argentine organist Hector Olivera makes his Kimmel Center debut performance on the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ in Verizon Hall on Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 3pm, as part of Kimmel Center Presents’ Master Musician Organ Series. Revered by both music critics and concert-goers for his technical proficiency and improvisational flair, Olivera appeared before the American Guild of Organists National Convention in 2004 to an historic, triumphant performance with four standing ovations. He has performed at top music venues throughout the world and as a guest soloist with many great orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony, among others. His program will include William Ralph Driffill’s Toccata; Johann Sebastian Bach’s "Air" from Suite #3; Jeremiah Clark and Henry Purcell’s Trumpet Tune, Air, Voluntary; Cesar Franck’s Prelude fugue and Variation; and additional works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Hans Friedrich Micheelsen.

"Here is a man with phenomenal technique and musicianship who moves from one genre to another with ease.... [He] continues to grow, evolve, and entertain; he envisions himself as a total orchestra."—The American Organist

An Artist Chat will take place with Hector Olivera and Michael Barone, host of American Public Media’s "Pipe Dreams," prior to the ticketed performance in Verizon Hall.

This concert is the second concert in the Master Musician Organ Series scheduled for the Kimmel Center Presents 2007/2008 season. The next concert in the series will be Dame Gillian Weir on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 3pm in Verizon Hall.

Tickets for Hector Olivera are $19 and $28 and can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center box office open daily from 10am to 6pm and later on performance evenings. (Additional fees may apply.) For group sales call 215-790-5883.

A limited number of $10 tickets are available for every Kimmel Center Presents performance at the Kimmel Center. Tickets go on sale the day of the event and can be purchased at the Kimmel Center box office beginning 2.5 hours prior to curtain time and 11:30am for matinees. Limit one ticket per person.

Born in Buenos Aires, Hector Olivera began playing the pipe organ when he was only three years old and has since become internationally acclaimed for his improvisational approach as an organist. At the age of six, Olivera entered the Buenos Aires Conservatory and, at 12, began studies at the University of Buenos Aires. Olivera first launched his prodigious career as an organist at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in his native Buenos Aires. By the time he was 18, Olivera had performed more than 300 concerts throughout Latin America, appearing frequently on Argentine radio and television. Olivera moved to the United States in 1965 when he was offered a scholarship to study at New York’s prestigious Juilliard School of Music.

In addition to performing concerts throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe, Olivera has performed as a guest soloist with many great orchestras, including the Dallas Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Amsterdam Baroque Ensemble, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Pasadena Symphony. Olivera continues to thrill audiences with both solo classical literature and his own orchestral transcriptions, now released on DVD and more than 20 classical, contemporary and film score CDs.

Kimmel Center Presents 2007/2008 season is sponsored by Citi. Support for the Mellon Jazz Series comes from The Bank of New York Mellon. The Great Orchestra Series is supported by ARC Wheeler. Additional support is provided by the University of Pennsylvania Health System and American Express. American Airlines is the Official Airline of Kimmel Center Presents. Toyota is the Official Vehicle of Kimmel Center Presents Mellon Jazz, Mellon Jazz Up Close and World & Pop.

The Kimmel Center also receives support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The William Penn Foundation, The Wachovia Foundation, Verizon Foundation, PNC Foundation, The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and the Philadelphia Music Project and Dance Advance, Initiatives of The Pew Charitable Trust administered by The University of the Arts. In-kind support is generously provided by Deloitte. NBC-10 is a Media Partner for Kimmel Center Presents, and additional media sponsors include WDAS, WRTI, WJJZ, Afro-Pop, WXPN and WXPN's Kids Corner 20th Anniversary.

Free in the Plaza programming and subsidized tickets offered to the community and social service groups for $10 are made possible through the Wachovia Gateway to the Arts Community Access Program, supported by a generous grant from Wachovia Foundation.

The Master Musicians Organ Recitals are generously supported by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.


Saturday, February 16, 2008 | 3pm
Verizon Hall
Master Musician Organ Series

Hector Olivera, organ

CESAR FRANCK: Prelude fugue and Variation
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: Prelude and Fugue in E flat "St Anne"
HANS FRIEDRICH MICHEELSEN: Toccata Canzona and Fugue on: Es Sungen drei Engel

Improvisations to be announced from the stage


Saturday, February 16, 2008 | 1:30pm
Commonwealth Plaza Stage
Eakins Vocal Consort

Saturday, February 16, 2008 | 2:15pm
Verizon Hall
Artist Chat with Hector Olivera
Join us as Michael Barone, host of American Public Media’s "Pipe Dreams" interviews organist Hector Olivera prior to his recital in Verizon Hall.

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