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Venue:
Girard College Chapel2101 South College Avenue
Philadelphia , PA Map
http://www.girardcollege.edu
Price: $10 General Admission
Sponsored by:
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 8:00pm

John Zorn's Hermetic Organ

New Paths Festival

John Zorn, organ

Maverick American force of nature, John Zorn visits Philadelphia for a rare solo organ performance at the non-sectarian Girard College Chapel, an acoustical and architectural environment of commanding grandeur. One of the largest pipe organs in Philadelphia, the Chapel’s organ is the last authoritative Ernest M. Skinner (of Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company) statement and stands as one of the most powerful pipe organs ever built in the United States. Often crediting Lon Chaney in the silent classic Phantom of the Opera as a primal influence, Zorn’s first instrument was the organ. It wasn't until 2011, however, during Thirdbird's BLINDSPOT Festival at Philadelphia's historic Christ Church that he made his first concert appearance on the instrument. Drawing upon traditions as varied as Messiaen, Xenakis, Bach, Ives, and Korla Pandit, Zorn’s organ improvisations are transcendent, inspiring, ecstatic experiences, offering a direct line to the workings of his rich compositional imagination.

Co-presented by Thirdbird.

New Paths Festival has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.