Michael Stairs and the Wanamaker Organ
Michael Stairs and the Wanamaker Organ

Tribute from the Wanamaker Grand Court #1936

…an after-hours concert at Macy’s Center City commemorating Philadelphia organist Michael Stairs.

Hour 1

LEO SOWERBYPageant of AutumnENGLEBERT HUMPERDINCK (trans. Lemare):  Hansel & Gretel PreludeEDWIN H. LEMARERondo Capriccio, Op. 64ANTONIN DVORAK (trans. Stafford):  Allegro con brio (i.), fr Symphony No. 8, Op. 88Joshua Stafford, organist (r. 9/29/18)

Filler – HUMPERDINCK (see above)

Hour 2

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER: Memory, fr CatsMichael Stairs (1930 Aeolian/Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA) DTR 8605

CESAR FRANCKChoral No. 1 in EALBERT KETELBY (trans. Ware):  In a Monastery GardenHUBERT PARRY (trans. Alcock):  Bridal March, fr The Birds of AristophanesGIACOMO PUCCINI (trans. Ellis):  Nessun Dorma, fr TurandotFRITZ KREISLER (trans. Stairs):  Variations on a Theme of CorelliARTHUR SULLIVAN (trans. Barret):  The Lost ChordENNIO MORRICONEGabriel’s Oboe, fr The MissionAndrew Ennis, flugelhorn; Peter Richard Conte, organist (r. 9/29/18)

Filler – DVORAK (see above)

This special after-hours program, presented at Macy’s Center City by the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ, honored the life of a well-loved fixture of the Philadelphia music scene. Click here for a superb YouTube documentary in celebration of and tribute to the extraordinary Michael Stairs.

The next after-hours concert featuring the Wanamaker Organ at Macy’s celebrates the Leopold Stokowski ‘Symphony of 15,000’ Centennial, with masterworks for organ and orchestra performed by soloist Peter Conte and the Symphony in C conducted by Stilian Kirov (Saturday, September 28 at 8 p.m.).