Date & Price
Friday, November 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Reserved Seating: $35
Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members: $30*
Ticket includes all-day Gardens Admission
Tickets limited. Sell out likely.
Peter Richard Conte, Longwood Gardens Principal Organist and the long-time organist at the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ at Macy’s in Philadelphia, presents a program featuring Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra. Conte has arranged the colorful orchestral score for organ, with Jeremy Filsell at the piano.
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More about Peter Richard Conte
Peter Richard Conte is an organist whose nearly unparalleled technical facility, brilliant ear for tonal color, and innovative programming style have made him one of the most sought-after “orchestral” organists of this era. In 1989, he was appointed Wanamaker Grand Court Organist at what is now the Macy’s Department Store in downtown Philadelphia—the fourth person to hold that title since the organ first played in 1911. He performs concerts twice daily, six days each week, on the largest fully-functioning musical instrument in the world. Conte is also Principal Organist at Longwood and, since 1991, Organist/Choirmaster of St. Clement’s Church, Philadelphia, where he directs a professional choir in a music program catering to the Anglo-Catholic tradition.
Conte is highly regarded as a skillful performer and arranger of organ transcriptions. He has been regularly featured on National Public Radio and ABC’s Good Morning America and World News Tonight. Conte has two radio shows: The Wanamaker Organ Hour airs at 5:00 pm EST on the first Sunday of each month via the internet at wrti.org; and his Grand Court concert is streamed live on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm on yesterdayUSA.com. He has been a featured artist at several of the American Guild of Organists’ national and regional conventions and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philly Pops, and many other orchestras across the country.
Conte has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, where he taught organ improvisation. He is the 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington. In 2013, the Philadelphia Music Alliance honored him with a bronze plaque on the Avenue of the Arts’ Walk of Fame. His numerous recordings appear on the Gothic, JAV, Pro Organo, Dorian, Raven, and DTR labels. His most recent CD, Virgil Fox Remembered, was released in May 2016 on the Raven label. Conte is represented exclusively in North America by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.
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More about Jeremy Filsell
Jeremy Filsell is widely recognized as one of very few performers who concertizes equally as organist and pianist. He has appeared as a solo pianist in Russia, Scandinavia, the US, and throughout the UK. His concerto repertoire encompasses Mozart and Beethoven to Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff (first, second, and third concerti). He collaborates frequently with Wanamaker Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte in performances of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the organ serving as the orchestra.
Filsell’s discography comprises more than 25 solo recordings. He has recorded the solo piano music of Herbert Howells, Bernard Stevens, and Eugene Goossens for the Guild label; Rachmaninoff’s piano music for the Signum label; and French mélodies with Michael Bundy (baritone) for the Naxos label. Gramophone magazine said Filsell’s premiere recordings of Marcel Dupré’s complete organ works was “one of the greatest achievements in organ recording.” In 2005, the Signum label released his three-disc set of the six organ symphonies of Louis Vierne, recorded on the 1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ in St. Ouen, Rouen.
Filsell has taught at universities, summer schools, and conventions in both the UK and US and has served twice on international organ competition juries. Recent solo recital engagements have taken him across the US, UK, Germany, France, Finland, and Norway.
Filsell studied organ at Keble College, Oxford, before completing graduate studies in piano performance at the Royal College of Music in London. He was awarded his doctorate at Birmingham Conservatoire/BCU for research of the music of Dupré. Prior to moving to the US in 2008, he held lectureships at London’s Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and was a lay clerk in the Queen’s Choir at St. George’s, Windsor Castle. He currently serves as artist-in-residence at Washington National Cathedral, director of music at the Church of the Epiphany, and professor of organ at the Catholic University of America, all in Washington, DC. Filsell is represented exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.
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Enjoy a complimentary coffee reception with the artists after this performance.