John Zorn visits Philadelphia for a rare solo organ performance at Girard College Chapel. 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.
This event is part of Ars Nova Workshop's Center-funded New Paths Festival, a citywide festival conceptually connecting some of the most innovative artists in the world to a variety of historic and peculiar Philadelphia spaces. While the work of these artists is inherently adventurous, the festival aims to deepen artists' engagement with their performance space as well as with the city's history, cultures, and people, making these events uniquely Philadelphian.