Families came together to celebrate 8th annual Organ Day at the Kimmel Center

"There’s something about this region and organs that’s really special."

Hadas Kuznits
June 23, 2018 - 6:25 pm

Hadas Kuznits | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts hosted a day of free family fun revolving around the organ.

Saturday the Kimmel Center held its eighth annual Organ day.

“We celebrate all the different sounds of the Fred J Cooper memorial Oregon which is a 7000 pipe organ which is at home here in Verizon hall,” said Kimmel Center artistic producing director Jay Wahl.

He says the Oregon can conjure up a lot of imagery for some folks.

“For some people, they think of church,” Wahl said. “For some people, they think of a haunted house. For some people, it feels very grand like you’re in a Viennese palace. For some people, this organ grinder takes them to a street scene or a carnival or festival and the organs very rich in history in that way so we celebrate all of that.

Wahl says that the Philadelphia region is rich with organs.

"So essentially, the world’s largest organ is down the street from here at the Wanamaker building, which is now Macy’s, but was once the Wanamaker department store and they play regular concerts there," he explains. "Girard College and many of the churches, Atlantic City has a giant boardwalk Organ there.”

Wahl says all of the free Oregon day events are designed to showcase this instrument.

 “We have a silent animated film with the organ that tells the story of the Mona Lisa a hundred years ago,” he said. “There’s something about this region and organs that’s really special and so we decided one day a year that we would celebrate that instrument with the full free day of activities of sounds and people coming together."