Peter Richard Conte to play at Ball State

SUNDAY, JANUARY, 24 — 3:00 P.M.
Sursa Memorial Organ
Sursa Hall — Ball State University.

Concert Program

Overture to Candide
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
transcribed by Peter Richard Conte

Marche Religieuse
Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)

Concerto in G Major Allegro
Grave Presto
Johann Ernst (1696-1715)
transcribed by
Johann Sebastian Bach

Variations on a Theme of Arcangelo Corelli
Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
transcribed by Peter Richard Conte

Choral No. 1 in E Major
César Franck (1822-1890)

From Bach’s Memento
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
transcribed by Charles-Marie Widor

Fantasy on Nursery Tunes
Robert Elmore (1913-1985)

Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
transcribed by Peter Richard Conte

Peter Richard Conte is an organist whose great skill and innovative style can be completely enjoyed by any general audience-not just by other organists and organ buffs. He programs transcriptions (many of them works he has arranged himself) of recognizable audience-favorite pieces, including many of the great opera arias and overtures. Not many performers today offer a Bach Prelude and Fugue followed by Bizet’s “Carmen” or a Strauss waltz.

Peter Richard Conte is Grand Court Organist of the world famous Wanamaker Organ at the Macy’s Philadelphia department store. When not touring, he performs on the six-manual, 28,000-pipe instrument twice daily, six days per week. The Wanamaker Organ is the largest fully functioning musical instrument in the world; Mr. Conte,appointed Grand Court Organist in 1989, is the fourth person to hold that title since the organ first played in 1911.

Mr. Conte, highly regarded as a skillful performer and arranger of organ transcriptions, has been featured several times on National Public Radio and on ABC television’s “Good Morning America” and “World News Tonight.” His monthly radio show, “The Wanamaker Organ Hour”, airs on the first Sunday of each month, at 5 PM (Eastern), and can be heard via the internet at WRTI.ORG.

He performs extensively throughout the United States and Canada under the management of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, and was a featured artist at the American Guild of Organists’ National Convention in 2002. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, and with the Delaware and Allentown Symphonies. In addition to his concert career, Mr. Conte serves as Choirmaster and Organist of St. Clement’s Church, Philadelphia, where he directs an eighteen-voice professional choir in music of the Anglo Catholic tradition.

Peter Richard Conte, an Associate of the American Guild of Organists, has served on the executive board of its Philadelphia Chapter, and has presented guild workshops on transcriptions and improvisation. Mr. Conte studied with Larry Smith and Robert Rayfield at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he was awarded the prestigious Performers’ Certificate in Organ. He later returned to Indiana University in 2008 to accept the School of Music’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Sursa Hall is located in the Music Instruction Building, on the campus of Ball State University at corner of Riverside and McKinley, with free parking in the garage behind the Music Instruction Building

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