Opera Philadelphia

7th Annual Organ Day Features Opera Philadelphia Chorus

By Aubrey Nagle

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will play home to the 7th Annual Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Day on Saturday, June 10, and the Opera Philadelphia Chorus is proud to join the fun once again!

Verizon Hall's Cooper Memorial Organ, the nation's largest mechanical action concert organ, is the star of this free, family-friendly event. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Kimmel Center will host demonstrations of this "king of instruments," silent film screenings with organ accompaniment, plus performances from the Philadelphia chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Philadelphia Brass and, of course, Opera Philadelphia.

Sixty members of the Opera Philadelphia Chorus will perform selections from a variety of operas, including Handel’s Hercules, Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, Verdi’s Aida, Wagner’s Parsifal, and more.

Credit: Daryl Peveto for the Kimmel Center

Organ Day is fast becoming an exciting tradition for the community and for the participating artists, too. The Cooper Memorial Organ is one of the largest organs in the world, with nearly 7,000 pipes ranging from the size of a drinking straw to the size of a three-story building. It's not every day you get to perform alongside an instrument that weighs 32 tons!

View the full Organ Day schedule below, and visit KimmelCenter.org for more information.

Full Program Schedule

11:00 AM - Welcome

11:15 AM - PNC Grow Up Great

11:45 AM - Kids On Stage with the Organ
Kids have the opportunity to play the organ!

12:15 PM - Organist Robert McCormick in Recital                                       

12:45 PM - Members of AGO Chapter Recital
“Nature in Organ Music," featuring Kathleen Scheide, David Furniss, Andrew Heller, Edward Landin

1:15 PM - Opera Philadelphia
A 60-voice choir performing selections from a variety of operas including Handel’s Hercules, Higdon’s Cold Mountain, Verdi’s Aida, Wagner’s Parsifal, and more.

2:15 PM- Premiere Performance Of Fred J. Cooper Organ Book
Fanfare on "Gelobt sei Gott" - Matthew Glandorf  ~~  Parker Kitterman, Organist                                       
Reflection for Organ - Kile Smith  ~~  David Furniss, Organist                 
Kokopelli: Trickster God - David Schelat  ~~  Clara Gerdes, Organist
Organum - Kathleen Scheide  ~~  Edward Landin, Organist
Philadelphia Finale - Jeffrey Brillhart  ~~  Daryl Robinson, Organist                       

3:00 PM - Philadelphia Brass and Organ
Organist Peter Conte

3:30 PM - Philadelphia AGO Chapter Competition Winner
Clara Gerdes

4:00 PM - Improvisation by Robert McCormick

4:15 PM - Silent Movie

4:45 PM - Organ Pumps
Come lie down on stage and feel the vibrations


Organ programming is generously supported by the Wyncote Foundation.

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