Symphony in C in Concert
Various Sundays Throughout the Year, 4 to 6 PM
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The ensemble is one of three professional training orchestras in the United States preparing musicians and conductors who are on the cusp of world-class careers.
Sunday July 6th
Wanamaker Organ Stokowski Celebration with Macy's Philadelphia Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte
On Saturday evening, September 28, 2019, Symphony In C, the Mid-Atlantic region’s training orchestra, and the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ, teamed up for a centennial commemoration of the Symphony of 15,000, the very first after-store-hours concert in the Grand Court of the John Wanamaker store. That March 1919 concert featured maestro Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra, with organist Charles M. Courboin on the Wanamaker Organ, celebrating the completion of a major enlargement of the instrument. The concert showcased the massive organ, with its 7,000 new pipes added to the 11,000 original pipes, and inspired Stokowski to compose his celebrated Bach transcriptions of organ works for orchestra. It was the largest indoor music event in Philadelphia history. Over 15,000 music lovers attended that concert, which led to many more collaborations between the organ and regional and national performing organizations and a Golden Age of Wanamaker Concerts.
The program for the 2019 centennial concert featured Stokowski’s Bach transcriptions, including the iconic Toccata and Fugue in D minor; Widor’s triumphal Third Symphony with orchestra; Respighi’s Passacaglia and Fugue; Elgar’s Bach transcription of the Fantasia and Fugue in C minor; and Buxtehude’s orchestrated Chaconne in E.