The Wanamaker Organ: Centennial Concert
The Wanamaker Organ: Centennial Concert program consists of works by composers with deep connections to the Wanamaker Organ. Alexadre Guilmant played forty recitals on this instrument before it became the nucleus of the present Wanamaker Organ. Of the three works Joseph Jongen wrote for organ and orchestra, one was written for the Wanamaker (“A Grand Celebration”), and the other two works are included here. Charles-Marie Widor’s Sixth Symphony, in this version for organ and orchestra, received its American premiere in 1919 on the Wanamaker with Leopold Stokowski helming the Philadelphia Orchestra. Celebrating his 25th year as Wanamaker Grand Court Organist, Peter Richard Conte is only the fourth person to hold that title since 1911. He performs concerts twice daily, six days each week, on this, the largest fully-functioning musical instrument in the world. Rossen Milanov is the Music Director of Symphony in C.