Girard College Chapel
2101 South College Avenue
Philadelphia , PA
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 Ars Nova Workshop as part of the New Paths Festival. This event has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
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