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Wyncote Foundation Awards $5 Million Gift to The Philadelphia Orchestra for Expanded Programming Showcasing the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ

August 7, 2017

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Thanks to a $5M gift from the Wyncote Foundation, @PhilaOrchestra expands programming for Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ in 2017-18 season

(Philadelphia, August 7, 2017)—The Philadelphia Orchestra has received a $5 million gift from the Wyncote Foundation that will enable the Orchestra to increase and expand programming for the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ in Verizon Hall, the world’s largest mechanical action concert hall pipe organ. The partnership is supported by longtime friend of the Orchestra and former Board member Frederick R. Haas. The five-year initiative, entitled “The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience,” will focus on artistic plans by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in consultation with Artistic Advisor Frederick R. Haas, to enrich the programming of the Orchestra by featuring the organ more extensively in season programming, creating new repertoire, and building audience interest in the instrument and its musical capabilities.

To launch the initiative, the Orchestra is enhancing 2017-18 programming to showcase the majestic instrument paired with the “Philadelphia Sound.” Over the course of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience initiative, the Orchestra will increase appreciation of the organ through the commissioning and presentation of organ concertos and the performance of notable symphonic works featuring the organ every season. Additionally, each season will include special organ events including community concerts, recitals, and postludes. LiveNote® will be utilized to further enlighten audiences about the extraordinary capabilities of the instrument and to provide education on organ repertoire.

“We are truly grateful to the Wyncote Foundation, and to our longtime advocate Fred Haas, for allowing us to enrich our programming through highlighting the importance of this incredible instrument unique to our home of Verizon Hall,” said Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. “Presenting large-scale works with organ and finding ways to advance composers' interests in symphonic organ literature is a major commitment. Fred’s influence as Artistic Advisor gives us the opportunity to expand artistry, audience engagement, and future symphonic repertoire for organ music worldwide.”

“It is an honor to cultivate the partnership between the Philadelphia Orchestra and Wyncote Foundation, to explore new ways to present organ music to the audiences of Philadelphia,” said Haas. “It is of paramount importance to increase access to these treasured works, many of which are not well known. I hope this effort enhances the legacy of both The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ. I look forward to many seasons of beautiful music ahead.”

Below is a full list of organ programs for the 2017-18 season, including newly expanded organ repertoire.

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YANNICK AND EMANUEL AX OPEN THE SEASON

 

Friday, October 6 8 PM

Saturday, October 7 8 PM

Sunday, October 8 2 PM

 

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Paul Jacobs Organ

Emanuel Ax Piano

 

Oquin                           Resilience, for organ and orchestra - FIRST PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES

Mozart                          Piano Concerto No. 27, K. 595

Tchaikovsky                 Symphony No. 4

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DENÈVE AND SHAHAM

 

Thursday, October 26 7:30 PM

Friday, October 27 2 PM

Saturday, October 28 8 PM

 

Stéphane Denève Conductor

Gil Shaham Violin

 

Connesson                   Maslenitsa - FIRST PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES

Tchaikovsky                 Violin Concerto

Debussy                       Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Scriabin                       The Poem of Ecstasy 

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HALLOWEEN ORGAN EXTRAVAGANZA


Friday, October 27 9:30 PM


Peter Richard Conte Organ

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MARSALIS AND THE PLANETS

 

Thursday, November 2 7:30 PM

Friday, November 3 2:00 PM

Saturday, November 4 8:00 PM

 

Cristian Măcelaru Conductor

Nicola Benedetti Violin – PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA SUBSCRIPTION DEBUT

Women of the Westminster Symphonic Choir (Joe Miller, director)

 

W. Marsalis                  Violin Concerto - FIRST PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES

Holst                            The Planets

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MESSIAH

 

Thursday, December 21 7:00 PM

Friday, December 22 7:00 PM

 

Cristian Macelaru Conductor

Ekaterina Siurina Soprano – PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA DEBUT

Jamie Barton Mezzo-soprano

Nicholas Phan Tenor

Mark Stone Baritone – PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA DEBUT

Philadelphia Symphonic Choir (Joe Miller, director)

 

Handel             Messiah

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BRITISH ISLES FESTIVAL

Week 1: Handel and Britten

 

Thursday, January 11 7:30 PM

Friday, January 12 8 PM

Saturday, January 13 8 PM

 

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Paul Jacobs Organ

 

MacMillan                    A Scotch Bestiary, for organ and orchestra - FIRST PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES

Handel                         Selections from Water Music

Britten                          Four Sea Interludes, from Peter Grimes

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PHILADELPHIA VOICES

 

Thursday, April 5 7:30 PM

Friday, April 6 2:00 PM

Saturday, April 7 8:00 PM

Tuesday, April 10 8:00 PM — Carnegie Hall, New York

 

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Westminster Symphonic Choir (Joe Miller, director)

Community Voices of Philadelphia


Bernstein                     Chichester Psalms

Machover                     Philadelphia Voices – PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA COMMISSION—WORLD PREMIERE

Musorgsky                   Pictures from an Exhibition

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THE PINES OF ROME

 

Thursday, April 26 7:30 PM

Friday, April 27 2:00 PM

Saturday, April 28 8:00 PM

 

Stéphane Denève Conductor

Nicholas Angelich Piano

 

Connesson                   E chiaro nella valle il fiume appare - FIRST PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES

Saint-Saëns                  Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Egyptian")

Berlioz                          Roman Carnival Overture

Respighi                      The Pines of Rome

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BEAUTIFUL BAROQUE

 

Friday, May 4 8:00 PM

Saturday, May 5 8:00 PM

 

Nicholas McGegan Conductor

Peter Richard Conte Organ

 

Respighi                      Ancient Airs and Dances for the Lute, Suite No. 1

Handel                         Organ Concerto in F major, Op. 4, No. 4 - FIRST PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES

Locatelli                      Concerto grosso in D major, Op. 7, No. 1 - FIRST PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA  PERFORMANCES

Rossini                        Overture to La Cenerentola

Stravinsky                   Suite from Pulcinella

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ORGAN POSTLUDES

 

Postlude recitals to follow performances on:

Friday, November 24

Saturday, November 25

Friday, March 2

Saturday, March 3

Friday, March 16

Saturday, March 17

 

Peter Richard Conte Organ

 

Programming to be announced at a later date

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About The Philadelphia Orchestra

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 These concerts are part of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience, supported through a generous grant from the Wyncote Foundation.

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CONTACTS:

Ashley Berke

215.893.1939

aberke@philorch.org

 

Amanda N. Conte

215.893.3136

aconte@philorch.org