Nationally and internationally recognized artists converge in the Philadelphia area for the inaugural Philadelphia Organ Festival. Along with Partners for Sacred Places, we are delighted to present award-winning organist Alcée Chriss performing Romance in the Garden: Franck and Rachmaninoff, featuring original transcriptions for organ. During this performance at Longwood, enjoy music from César Franck’s great masterwork Symphony in D Minor, excerpts from Rachmaninoff’s vivid Symphonic Dances, and more.
Sergie Rachmaninoff - Symphonic Dances, Op. 45: I. Non-Allegro
Robert Schumann - Six Canonic Studies, Op. 56, No. 4 in A-Flat Major
Florence Price - Retrospection
Marcel Dupré - Symphonie-Passion op. 23, I. The World Awaiting the Savior
César Franck - Symphony in D Minor, M. 48: II. Allegretto
Percy Whitlock - Holiday Suite: I. Waltz in the Ballroom
Harold Arlen - Somewhere over the Rainbow
Alexandre Guilmant - Symphony No.1, Op. 42: III. Final
Alcee Chriss III is widely regarded as one of the leading young organists of our time. Competition awards include the First Prize and Bach Prize at the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition, the Firmin Swinnen Prize at the 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2016 Fort Wayne National Organ Competition, and First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2014 Miami International Organ Competition. Chriss serves as University Organist and Artist-in-Residence at Wesleyan University.
Philadelphia Organ Festival
In a city long known for its many firsts, Partners for Sacred Places is excited to invite you to the Philadelphia area’s first major organ festival! The festival welcomes nationally and internationally recognized artists alongside musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Crossing, and the Marian Anderson Society Scholars. Discover the unique power of the pipe organ to create music that moves and awes listeners, in settings that represent some of the finest Philadelphia architecture. From longtime organ fans to curious neighbors and families who live and work near these beautiful spaces, all are invited to experience the organ in ways that will transcend expectations and open doors to new and exciting intersections of community and culture. For more information: https://sacredplaces.org/phillyorganfestival.