The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents Rock the Organ, an unforgettable experience celebrating the greatest hits and iconic music of the 1970s, in the Kimmel Cultural Campus’ Verizon Hall on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. With the organ, percussion, and electric guitar, the explosive French trio, RCM, uses their instruments to revisit the most popular music of the 1970s, combining the interest of rock fans and organ enthusiasts. Rediscover the iconic music of Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Frank Zappa, and Genesis in a new light, with three passionate performers.
Deeply committed to the health and safety of guests, artists, and staff and proudly certified by GBAC, the gold standard for infection prevention programs, the Kimmel Cultural Campus is requiring masks to be worn at all times, as well as proof of vaccination for those over 12. Guests under 12 will be required to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of the event.
“RCM’s show spans generations and bridges the gap between traditional organ music and classic rock hits,” said Fran Egler, senior director of programming and presentations on the Kimmel Cultural Campus. “Bringing together these different musical styles through the power and majesty of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ at Verizon Hall offers a special and unforgettable experience for audiences on the Kimmel Cultural Campus. We look forward to highlighting the largest mechanical-action concert hall organ in the United States in this unique way.”
RCM consists of Yves Rechsteiner, Henri-Charles Caget, and Frédéric Maurin. Yves Rechsteiner, the organ player in the band, is very fond of keyboards, organ, harpsichord, harmonium, and he loves to play classical organ either with rock or swiss traditional musicians. Henri-Charles Caget, on the drums, loves to explore different styles and musical ages. Frédéric Maurin on the guitar was brought up by the sound of Jimi Hendrix, King Crimson, and Frank Zappa, and he quickly left his career as an engineer to earn a degree in jazz and classical music writing. Maurin is also the artistic director of the National Jazz Orchestra.
There is a prevailing presence of electric organ sounds, synthesizers, and electric guitar in the trio’s music. With these reinterpretations, they allow listeners to be transported into a musical journey through this out-of-the-ordinary and futurist world of sound.
The group is inspired by the late musical composer, Frank Zappa. Remaining true to Zappa’s inventiveness, the trio explores all range of possibilities with the combination of the organ, the percussions, and the electric guitar to create an orchestral universe mixing sounds of the past and the future. This program includes a selection of Zappa’s best-known pieces: “Black Page”, “G-Spot Tornado”, “We are not alone”, “Uncle Meat”, and “Dog breath” variations.
Organ programming at the Kimmel Cultural Campus is generously supported by Wyncote Foundation.
Other featured upcoming performances on the Kimmel Cultural Campus include: Dianne Reeves (January 20, 2022, Merriam Theater) and Bria Skonberg (January 13, 2022, Merriam Theater).
Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999 or online at www.kimmelculturalcampus.org. In-person ticket sales can be conducted daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Academy of Music Box Office, located at 240 S. Broad Street. See www.kimmelculturalcampus.org for more information.
ROCK THE ORGAN – FROM PINK FLOYD TO ZAPPA ON THE KING OF INSTRUMENTS
Kimmel Cultural Campus’ Verizon Hall
January 8, 2022, 8:00 p.m.