Date & Price
Friday, March 13, 2020 at 8:00 pm
Reserved Seating: $30
Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members: $26*
Ticket includes all-day Gardens Admission
Tickets limited. Sell out likely.
Principal Organist of Longwood Gardens Peter Richard Conte performs with POLYPHONIA, the all-professional choir of Saint Clement’s Church, Philadelphia. Together, POLYPHONIA and Conte present sacred and secular music spanning four centuries, with Conte performing Marcel Dupré’s epic Symphonie Passion, a masterpiece rarely heard in its entirety.
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More about Peter Richard Conte
Peter Richard Conte is an organist whose nearly-unparalleled technical facility, brilliant ear for lush 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 a majority of twice-daily recitals, six days each week, on the largest fully-functioning musical instrument in the world. Conte is also principal organist of Longwood Gardens, and organist-choirmaster of St. Clement’s Church, Philadelphia, where he directs a music program firmly rooted in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. He is also a frequent collaborator and soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Conte is highly regarded as a skillful performer and arranger of organ transcriptions. He has been regularly featured on National Public Radio, ABC television's Good Morning America, and World News Tonight. For 13 years he was heard on The Wanamaker Organ Hour radio show, broadcast via wrti.org. He has been a featured artist at several American Guild of Organists’ national and regional conventions and has performed as a soloist with many other orchestras around the country.
Conte has served as 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.
*Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members receive access to the Pre-sale. If you are eligible, you have received a discount code and Pre-sale access code via direct mail or email from Longwood Gardens.
Enjoy a complimentary coffee reception with the artists after this performance.