Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Not exactly breaking news here, but hey, it's been busy!

Months ago we talked about Howard Shore's upcoming work for organ and brass. Seems Ticket Philadelphia has now officially spilled the beans. See below:


The soaring Grand Court of the famous Philadelphia department store—home to the thunderous Wanamaker Organ—will be transformed into a magnificent concert hall.

The Philadelphia Orchestra combines its resources with those of the Wanamaker Organ, the world's largest playing pipe organ. The organ has 28,482 pipes ranging from the size of a pencil to giants towering 32 feet tall. Performed for the first time is Jongen's Symphonie Concertante. One of the most famous organ-orchestra pieces, written for the Wanamaker Organ and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1926, but to date has never been played on the instrument it was intended for.

This event is co-sponsored by Macy's and by the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ, and is a benefit for the Friends. The event is part of Macy's official 150th Anniversary Celebration, and includes a new composition composed by Howard Shore. Shore wrote the music for 'The Lord of the Rings' films.

Patrons purchasing tickets at $500 and above are entitled to a lavish pre-concert open-bar and hors d'oeuvres party amid the Gilded Age splendor of the Mayor's Reception Room at City Hall. They are also entitled to a Curators Tour of the Wanamaker Organ at Noon the following day, with light refreshments and wine in the Wanamaker Organ Shop at Macy's. Holders of tickets of $1000 or higher will receive a tax deduction for amounts above the $500 'base price' of the ticket.

Tickets priced $200 and above are in prime seating areas in the Grand Court. Tickets priced $250 and above will have a direct Main Floor view of the orchestra. Lesser-priced seating is along the Grand Court upper balconies on floors two and three. Seating is extremely limited and demand for this rare event is expected to be exceptionally heavy—please purchase your tickets promptly.


Read more or purchase tickets right here.

Wasn't someone on the message boards planning on going? Does this mean we'll have another report to look forward to?
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