Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Paul Jacobs - Organ
Buxtehude - Chaconne in E minor
Guilmant - Symphony No. 1 for Organ and Orchestra
Elgar - "Enigma" Variations
Friday, November 7, 2014
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Three eras, three concertos, three organists. After building for weeks, our organ celebration culminates with this extraordinary series of concerts, each featuring a major work for organ and orchestra and a preeminent soloist. Attend all three for an unrivaled journey through the repertoire.
Thursday’s performance centers on Jongen’s remarkable Symphonie concertante, commissioned in 1926 for the Philadelphians and the world-renowned Wanamaker organ. Peter Richard Conte, Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Organ, will be at the keyboard. The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ will resound in all its nearly 7,000-pipe glory on Friday when Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs performs Guilmant’s astonishing Symphony No. 1 for Organ and Orchestra. And on Saturday, Canadian Ken Cowan plays Stephen Paulus’s lyrical Grand Concerto for Organ and Orchestra.
How inspirational is the organ? Legend has it that a young J.S. Bach walked 200 miles to hear the expert Dietrich Buxtehude perform. His Chaconne, orchestrated by Carlos Chávez, will be on all three programs, along with the “Enigma” Variations that established Elgar’s greatness.