Renowned organist Peter Richard Conte will give a recital on May 13 at St Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre.
Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the event is free to the public. The suggested donation for the concert is $20 for general admission and $15 for members of the American Guild of Organists. The concert will be followed by a free public reception to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Nassau Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Conte, a native of Nassau County, is highly regarded as a masterful performer and arranger of organ transcriptions. He was Adjunct Assistant Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College, New Jersey, where he taught organ improvisation. He is the 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington. In 2013, the Philadelphia Music Alliance awarded him a bronze plaque on the Avenue of the Arts Walk of Fame. His numerous recordings appear on the Gothic, JAV, Pro Organo, Dorian, Raven and DTR labels. His latest solo album, “Virgil Fox Remembered”, was released in May 2016.
In 1989, Conte was named the Wanamaker Grand Court organist at what is now Macy’s department store in downtown Philadelphia, the fourth person to hold that title since the organ was first played in 1911. He gives a majority of recitals twice a day on the largest, fully functioning musical instrument in the world, numbering nearly 29,000 pipes. Conte is also Principal Organist of Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Choir Organist of St. Clement’s Church, Philadelphia, and a frequent collaborator and soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Philly Pops.
He was regularly featured on National Public Radio and on the ABC television shows “Good Morning America” and “World News Tonight”. For 13 years he was heard on the radio show ‘The Wanamaker Organ Hour’ on wrti.org. He has been a guest artist at several national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and has performed as a soloist with many orchestras across the country.
“Conte’s nearly unparalleled technical ease, his brilliant ear for lush tonal color, and his innovative style of programming made him one of the most sought-after ‘orchestral’ organists of this era,” according to a press release from the chapter. of Nassau of the American Guild of Organists.