Philadelphia's Kimmel Center Launches $10 Summer Organ Concerts

Classic Arts News   Philadelphia's Kimmel Center Launches $10 Summer Organ Concerts
The new Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia has gotten a warm welcome from audiences and critics since it made its debut in May of last year. But, like any number of classical music resources, the big, shiny new instrument has been underutilized during the summer months.

That situation changes a bit beginning tonight, as the Kimmel Center launches a series of four Wednesday evening summer organ concerts in (air conditioned) Verizon Hall. All tickets for these performances are $10.

The series begins this evening with a recital by Stephen Tharp, a widely traveled soloist who is former organist and director of Cathedral Concerts at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. His program includes works for organ by Mendelssohn, Mulet, Vierne, David Briggs and Anthony Newman, as well as Tharp's own transcriptions of orchestral music by Elgar and Stravinsky.

The other three guest performers in this new series are Sean Jackson (July 18), Ken Cowan (July 25) and German jazz organist Barbara Dennerlein (August 1).

All of these Wednesday evening summer organ concerts begin at 7 p.m. Information and tickets are available at

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